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Rhubarb-Strawberry Summer Pudding
“Summer puddings are excellent hot-weather desserts because they do not require baking. This one pairs springs dynamic duo of rhubarb and strawberries.”
12 ounces rhubarb, trimmed and cut into ¼-inch pieces (3 cups)
3 cups strawberries, hulled and quartered
1 cup sugar
1½ teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest
21 slices thin-sliced white bread, (such as Pepperidge Farm), crusts trimmed
Red currants, strawberries or mint leaves for garnish
1Stir together rhubarb, strawberries, sugar and lemon zest in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook over low heat for 3 minutes.
2For each of six ¾-cup-capacity ramekins or custard cups, cut a circle of bread the same diameter as the bottom of the ramekin. Place a bread circle in the bottom of each ramekin. Cut 9 slices of the bread in half lengthwise and fit the strips horizontally around the inside of each ramekin, using 2½ or 3 strips for each one and trimming to fit. Spoon about ⅓ cup of the rhubarb mixture into each of the lined ramekins, filling them to the top. Cut circles from the remaining bread slices to fit the tops of the ramekins; place over the fruit. Wrap each pudding in plastic and set three of them on a plate. Stack the other three puddings on top of them. Set something small, round and heavy on top of each pudding stack to weigh it down. Refrigerate overnight.
3To serve, remove weights and unwrap the ramekins. Run a small knife around the inside edge of each one and invert onto dessert plates. Garnish with red currants, strawberries or mint.