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Author Notes: Before my husband and I were married, one of our first dates was a canoe trip. We had planned to have a picnic on one of the giant/flat rocks that sat in the middle of the river - it would be the first time I would cook for my then boyfriend…so I wanted to impress. I packed a bottle of wine, made a pesto and caprese panini, spiced-nuts trail mix, and for dessert I made Summer Berry Pudding. The dessert was super simple to make, packed up easily into the dry-bag of the canoe, and it definitely impressed. He asked me out on another date and a year later we were married - I'd like to think the picnic had something to do it.
Tip: This recipe also works well when made in individual plastic storage containers, making it easily portable for a picnic…or canoe trip. —Kathleen | Hapa Nom Nom
- 4 cups any combination of mixed berries (I used strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamon
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tablespoons cinnamon sugar
- 1/2 loaf challah bread
- whipped cream, optional
- Hull and slice the strawberries. Add all mixed berries to a large saucepan, reserving a few of the berries for garnish. Add the sugar, ground cardamon, and water. Simmer over medium-high heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Slice the bread into 1/2 inch slices.
- Line a 9.5 inch circular pan with plastic wrap. Ladle some of the berry mixture to cover the bottom of the pan, about 1/2 a cup. Add a layer of sliced bread, tearing to fit as needed. Sprinkle the top with 1 tablespoon of cinnamon sugar. Ladle approximately half of the berry mixture overtop and then repeat the layering process one more time: sliced bread, cinnamon sugar, and the remainder of berry sauce. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour.
- When ready to serve remove the plastic from the top and invert the pan onto a plate. Gently lift the pan and remove the plastic. Serve with whipped cream and extra berries, if desired.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Berry Recipe
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Picnic Recipe