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For those who don’t want the traditional rich Christmas pudding or would like a second dessert as an alternative. I suggest this frozen pudding which contains Christmas ingredients and flavours. It is really delicious.

One big advantage is that it can be made well ahead of time and served not only on Christmas Day.

You will need a basin 30floz (1 ½ pt)


  • 150ml (¼ pt) milk
  • 110g (4oz) marshmallows
  • 1 tsp cocoa
  • ½ tsp instant coffee
  • 50g (2oz) raisins
  • 50g (2oz) sultanas
  • 25g (1oz) candied peel
  • 4 fl oz sherry or brandy
  • 50g (2oz) maraschino cherries
  • 25g (1oz) chopped walnuts
  • 300ml (½ pt) double cream
  • 1 orange – grated zest
  • 1 lemon – grated zest


Put milk and marshmallows into a pan and heat until the marshmallows are nearly melted. Allow to cool.

Meanwhile mix dried fruits and candied peel with the sherry or brandy and leave to soak for 30mins, then add the marshmallow mixture, diced cherries, chopped walnuts, cocoa and coffee with the zest of the orange and lemon.

Place in the basin and freeze until slightly thickened (about 1 hour).

Whip the cream lightly then fold it in then freeze until firm (overnight) Cover the basin with cling film and foil

To serve - Turn out and decorate with a sprig of holly.

Serve with crisp biscuits.

Note: if maraschino cherries are unobtainable use glacé ones.

Posted in Recipes on Dec 01, 2014