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Frozen Christmas pudding


Prolong the taste of Christmas with this refreshing dessert that makes good use of Christmas pudding leftovers. You can use whatever moulds you like or, alternatively, freeze the mixture in a plastic container and scoop it out to serve. You'll need to begin this recipe a day ahead.

You'll need

200 gm boiled Christmas pudding 50 gm finely chopped cedro 30 ml brandy 1 litre good-quality vanilla ice-cream To serve: shaved cedro and candied clementines (optional)

Method

  • 01
  • Coarsely crumble Christmas pudding into a bowl, add cedro and drizzle over brandy. Stand for 5 minutes.
  • 02
  • Spoon ice-cream into a large bowl and soften slightly by beating with a spoon. Stir in pudding mixture, then spoon into moulds, smooth tops and freeze overnight. Dip moulds briefly in hot water, tip out and serve with shaved cedro and candied clementines.

At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people
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  • Serves 4 people

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