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Blackberry charlotte with custard

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
Serves 4
Dietary Vegetarian
From Saturday Kitchen Best Bites
Make the most of blackberries with James Martin's classic recipe for a fruit charlotte.


  1. Preheat the oven to 220C/425F/Gas 7.

  2. For the charlotte, heat a frying pan until hot. Add the blackberries, sugar and dash of water and fry until the sugar has melted and the blackberries are tender. Set this blackberry compote aside.

  3. Cut the bread slices in half, and then each half into four slices to get small fingers. Dip each piece of bread in to the melted butter and line the mould, reserving some for the lid.

  4. Once the mould is lined, spoon in the blackberry compote and cover with more bread that has been dipped in melted butter. Place onto a baking tray and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until golden-brown on top.

  5. For the custard, place the milk, cream and vanilla pod into a saucepan and simmer gently for five minutes.

  6. Pour the hot milk onto the eggs and stir until well combined. Pour the custard into a hot saucepan and heat, stirring constantly, until the custard has thickened slightly. Strain to through a fine sieve.

  7. Remove the charlottes from the oven and set aside to cool slightly. Carefully turn the charlottes out of the mould.

  8. Serve the charlottes in a pool of custard, alongside a spoonful of clotted cream and a dollop of vanilla ice cream.


For the charlotte

  • 400g/14oz blackberries
  • 110g/4oz caster sugar
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 75g/3oz melted butter
  • 10 slices white bread, crusts removed
  • 200ml/7fl oz vanilla ice cream, to serve
  • 200ml/7fl oz clotted cream, to serve

For the custard

  • 200ml/7fl oz milk
  • 200ml/7floz double cream
  • 1 vanilla pod, split and seeds scraped
  • 4 free-range egg yolks
  • 75g/3oz caster sugar

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Blackberry charlotte with custard

Fruit and vegetables

Cooking ingredients

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