Recipe: How to make Christmas pudding ice cream

Festive food: Try this different take on an xmas classic

Growing up in Australia with hot, summer Christmases calls for a different take on the traditional festive menu.

Forget big roast turkeys with all the trimmings, and other winter-warming fare, and think instead of seafood (yes, shrimps, if you must), chicken, and ham cold-cuts. Roast vegetables aren't out of the question, but salad is just as likely to grace the table.

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Recipe: How to make Christmas pudding ice cream

And when it comes to dessert, it's always a dish best served cold Down Under.

So when one Christmas many years ago my Mum pioneered a cool, summery take on the traditional pud, I fell in love. And it instantly became a family favourite and festive staple.

This recipe is as simple as it gets, and can be made well in advance of the big day. No cooking is required; all it takes is just a bit of chopping and stirring, and a stint in the freezer.

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Christmas pudding ice cream recipe:

Ingredients:

(all measurements, and indeed ingredients, are 'to taste')

Vanilla ice cream

Dried fruit (sultanas, cranberries, glacé cherries, etc)

Nuts (almonds, macadamias, etc)

Chocolate

Baileys

Cinnamon

Nutmeg

Method:

1. Take the ice cream out of the freezer and let it melt a little, until soft

2. Chop the fruit and nuts and add those to the ice cream

3. Make some chocolate shavings, or even easier, crush up a Flake, and throw that into the mix

4. Pour in a few glugs of Baileys and add a couple of shakes each of cinnamon and nutmeg

5. Then stir thoroughly to combine all the ingredients

6. You might wish to pour the mixture into a domed container so you can later turn it out onto a plate and present it like a real pudding. Alternatively, use any old container, and in both cases, put it in the freezer to set.

And that's it, you're done. Sit back and relax, perhaps with a glass of the left-over Baileys.

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