Summer berry terrine

Summer berry terrine

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(7 ratings)

Prep: 25 mins - 35 mins Plus cooling and overnight chilling


Serves 6

A refreshing and colourful dinner party desert

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal403
  • fat13g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs70g
  • sugars44g
  • fibre5g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.74g


  • 450-500g/1lb-1lb 2oz plain madeira cake

For the compote

  • 1kg mixed berries (include strawberries and red and blackcurrants, if possible)
  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp cassis (blackcurrant liqueur), optional
  • coulis, to serve (see 'Goes well with' below)


  1. For the compote, hull strawberries and halve or slice if large. Put currants and blackberries (if using) into a pan with the sugar and 3 tbsp water and bring to the boil, stirring. Simmer for 5 mins until softened, add remaining fruits and cook for a couple more mins. Remove from the heat, add cassis, if using, then cool.

  2. Line the base of a 1kg loaf tin with a long strip of double thickness baking parchment, allowing some overhang at the narrow ends to make lifting easier. Slice the cake into long thin strips to allow for 3 layers. Use offcuts for 'patching'.

  3. Cover the base of the tin with one layer of cake, trimming offcuts to fit snugly. Spoon in half the fruits with some juice on top. Fit another layer of cake on top, then the rest of the fruits and finally a top layer of cake. Reserve leftover juice to pour over the cake when it is turned out. Press lightly down to squash the fruits into the cake, cover with cling film and put something heavy on top to weight it down. Chill overnight.

  4. Transfer to a plate, using the paper to help loosen and lift it out. Spoon enough of the reserved juice over to moisten (any left over can be used as a drink with fizzy water). Serve with a bought or homemade coulis or cream.

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17th Jul, 2016
Lovely. Made it with only a little bit of sugar in the fruit and used a lot of strawberries as they are sweet. Made Madeira cake so it could be lactose free for my daughter. Everyone loved it.
29th Sep, 2014
Spelling mistake in description - you have desert instead of (the correct) dessert.
27th May, 2008
Very good. Made it for a dinner party. Was asked for the recipe!
Annie M
30th Dec, 2007
Rate this recipe ***** Delicious!!!
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