Easy ice cream Christmas pudding [and simple home made Christmas chocolates]

17 Dec


Firstly – an apology for the lack of photos with this post. I’ve been baking like a mad woman in the last few weeks for various Christmas-related events and even though I intend to photograph as I go for my blog it hasn’t turned out this way.


First up, a super easy Christmas ice cream pudding that I’ve been making for many, many years. I have no idea where the original recipe comes from but it is embarrassingly easy.

This is so simple and a perfect dessert for Christmas Day in Sydney, which is, without fail, a squillion degrees. I made nine desserts for my mother-in-law’s Christmas lunch on the weekend and this was the first thing to vanish.


2 litres best quality vanilla ice cream, softened

1 cup mixture of sultanas, currants and raisins

Good splash of rum

¼ cup glace cherries, chopped

2 tablespoons cinnamon


Soak the dried fruit [but not the glace cherries] in rum and leave overnight.

Line a 2-litre pudding basin with cling wrap, leaving overhang.

Working quickly tip the softened ice cream into a large bowl and stir in rum-soaked fruit, cinnamon and cherries.

If desired place some home-made chocolates [see below] in the base of the pudding basin, then add ice cream. Smooth the top then fold over the overhanging cling wrap. Wrap in foil and freeze overnight.

Home made Christmas chocolates


I found a similar idea for these little chocs online and Christmas-afied them using red and green Christmas sprinkles from a baking store. Simply line two mini muffin pans with mini liners. Place 150g your choice of chocolate with a splash of canola oil in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. Stir until melted and glossy. Pour chocolate into mini pans until bottom is covered and then a bit more. Sprinkle over Christmas sprinkles and place in fridge for a few hours until firm. Remove and discard wrappers.

Miss 7 and I made these for her to hand out to her class. We bundled a few up in cellophane bags for all of her classmates. I should have taken a photo…

31 Responses to “Easy ice cream Christmas pudding [and simple home made Christmas chocolates]”

  1. carolynpageabc at 11:46 am #

    Yum; that Ice Cream recipe looks delish and easy… Thinking even I can do this one…! 🙂

    • thehungrymum at 7:02 am #

      It barely qualifies as a recipe, more like a two-step instruction! Hope you try it x

  2. Sweet Precision at 1:03 pm #

    How creative! I can totally imagine why this was a hit at your Christmas lunch!

  3. quilt32 at 5:16 pm #

    i would love the ice cream dish – it has all of my favorites.

  4. Limegreenjelly at 10:57 pm #

    Reblogged this on Fetish for Ice-Cream.

  5. ButterSugarFlowers at 10:04 pm #

    Yum! Ice cream is the best food in the whole world, and this festive holiday version looks delicious!

    • thehungrymum at 4:56 am #

      Yes! Ice cream should be part of the food pyramid – can’t imagine why it’s not 🙂

  6. This looks so easy and yet so delicious at the same time (always a winning combo 😉 ).

  7. petit4chocolatier at 11:49 pm #

    Love the ice cream and a good splash of rum!! And I definitely love the homemade chocolate. Everyone in the class must have enjoyed them 🙂

    • thehungrymum at 4:55 am #

      Cheers! Yep, the kids were pretty happy with the chocs [anything has to be better than those nasty made in China candycanes].

  8. Cass @foodmyfriend at 1:16 am #

    The easier the better! I’ve been a mad woman too. here’s to us!

    • thehungrymum at 8:32 am #

      I’m all about the easy! Hope you get some respite soon 🙂

  9. Choc Chip Uru at 9:30 am #

    Easy is the perfect way to go for Christmas time hectic pace – this looks so delicious!


  10. FreeFlowFoodie at 11:05 am #

    This looks pretty and super easy. If only my stomach could handle milk, i’ll gladly make it. Could still make it and watch the rest of the family enjoy…..ohh yummy torture! torture!

    • thehungrymum at 11:35 pm #

      Oh no! I used to have a milk allergy when I was a child & I *still* recall how unfair life seemed by not being able to have ice cream : (

  11. Jessi at 2:58 pm #

    Super cute! What great ideas =)

  12. truthseldomheard at 3:33 pm #

    Hi! Season’s Greetings to you. Happy blogging.

  13. ooh yum that ice cream cake looks divine and the chrissy chocolates are soooo cute and so easy to make! 😀

  14. Bam's Kitchen at 12:13 am #

    Wishing you a very happy 2013! Will keep this recipe on hand for next year. Take care, BAM

  15. girlinafoodfrenzy at 10:47 am #

    Hey Hungry Mum. A very Belated Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you and the hungry family. Spent my holidays abroad but (otherwise) an icecream Christmas pudding is definitely the way to go. Loving those Christmas chocs too, can never be too festive during the silly season 🙂

    • thehungrymum at 8:26 am #

      And an extra belated happy 2013 to you! My poor neglected blog – I really need to pull my proverbial out and get back into the blogging groove x

  16. Caitriona at 5:29 am #

    I love this Christmas pudding ice-cream…perfect for an Australian Christmas. A variation is to do successive layers of ice-cream and the cross-section when you cut it is pretty impressive. i start with the vanilla with glace cherries etc. and while that is hardening do a chocolate ice-cream with toasted almonds or something then maybe a strawberry… You have to let each layer harden well before adding the next one.

    • thehungrymum at 6:43 am #

      Wow, that sounds amazing [and waaaay more impressive than my version!]. Do you make yours in a pudding bowl, too?

  17. everything on your blog no matter were you go on it looks so yummy

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