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 December 17, 2012 at 11:46 am #

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

    • thehungrymum December 18, 2012 at 7:02 am #

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

  2. Sweet Precision December 17, 2012 at 1:03 pm #

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

  3. quilt32 December 17, 2012 at 5:16 pm #

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

  4. Limegreenjelly December 17, 2012 at 10:57 pm #

    Reblogged this on Fetish for Ice-Cream.

  5. ButterSugarFlowers December 18, 2012 at 10:04 pm #

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

    • thehungrymum December 19, 2012 at 4:56 am #

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

  6. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella December 18, 2012 at 10:56 pm #

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

    • thehungrymum December 19, 2012 at 4:55 am #

      Easy & yum is my motto in the kitchen 🙂

  7. petit4chocolatier December 18, 2012 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 December 19, 2012 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 December 20, 2012 at 1:16 am #

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

    • thehungrymum December 20, 2012 at 8:32 am #

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

  9. Choc Chip Uru December 20, 2012 at 9:30 am #

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


  10. FreeFlowFoodie December 20, 2012 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 December 20, 2012 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 December 20, 2012 at 2:58 pm #

    Super cute! What great ideas =)

  12. truthseldomheard December 24, 2012 at 3:33 pm #

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

  13. Christine (@cookingcrusade) December 29, 2012 at 6:38 am #

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

    • thehungrymum January 1, 2013 at 10:42 am #

      Thanks! Ice cream cake = happiness 🙂

  14. Bam's Kitchen January 2, 2013 at 12:13 am #

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

    • thehungrymum January 2, 2013 at 3:40 am #

      And I hope the new year is just fab for you, BAM!

  15. girlinafoodfrenzy January 5, 2013 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 January 10, 2013 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 January 12, 2013 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 January 14, 2013 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. http://poetbblog.wordpress.com June 23, 2013 at 7:37 pm #

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

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