i Robert Burns, 1759 to 1796. Scottish Poet

Ah, Scotland’s favourite son.

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Summer pudding

This quintessential English dessert is easy to make and benefits from a little time in the fridge to make it easier to take from the mould. The proportions of the fruits used are less important than the selection. You need a mix of tart and sweet – red or blackcurrants are a must, as are raspberries, blackberries and strawberries.

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Serves 4

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Panettone bread-and-butter pudding

Serves 6

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Chestnut and chocolate pudding

Serves 8

Christmas pudding

Makes two puddings, serving 6 each

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Serves 4–6

Fellowes denies plagiarism in 'Downton Abbey'

Viewers point out striking similarities between hit ITV drama and other books and films

Steamed pudding with damsons

Serves 4

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Serves 4-6

Blackberry Bakewell pudding

Makes one 20cm pudding
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