I have never liked traditional Christmas pudding as a child. My mum and nana used to make them every year, complete with shillings hidden inside them. I remember them hanging from the curtains in calico and how most of the family was very excited about it as they loved the homemade Christmas pudding.
As an adult I still don’t like Christmas pudding, so have developed a pudding that I do love to eat. The funny thing is that even if there is traditional Christmas pudding on offer, this super easy to make ice cream pudding is always the first to go!
If you had an ice cream maker you could make the dish even more special by actually making your own ice cream, but I take the short cut and use store bought ice cream.
- 2 litres good quality ice cream
- 250 grams Maltesers
- 2 punnets fresh raspberries or 250 grams frozen rasperries
- 150 grams dairy milk chocolate
- Scoop ice cream out of tub and into a large mixing bowl and let it soften for 5 - 10 minutes.
- Place Maltesers in the unopened bag into another plastic bag. Crush them with a rolling pin.
- Add crushed Maltesers and almost all of the raspberries to the ice cream and mix gently through. You will need to save a handful of raspberries for decoration on the top later.
- Once combined, pour into a pudding basin, or pudding shaped bowl lined with plastic wrap. Make sure there is plenty of plastic wrap hanging over the edges so you will be able to pull on it to remove the pudding from the bowl. I do a few layers of plastic wrap so it will be strong enough to be pulled out easily.
- Cover with plastic wrap and place into the freezer to reset. This usually takes a number of hours, to form properly so is a great one to do at night and then let it stay in the freezer all night.
- Remove from freezer and let it sit for 5 minutes.
- While the ice cream pudding is thawing just a little, break the chocolate into pieces and place into a small microwave safe dish.
- Place in the microwave and heat on high for a minute.
- Check the chocolate has melted and give it a stir. Continue with 15 seconds bursts until it is melted.
- Pull the pudding from the basin and sit on the plate you wish to serve it on.
- Pour the chocolate over the ice cream pudding, add the raspberries on top.
- If you are not going to eat it straight away for example and need to take the pudding with you, cover completely with plastic wrap and put back in the freezer. You can then take it out just before you need to travel or want to eat it.
Did you like Christmas Pudding as a kid?
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