Christmas Ice Cream Pudding- Sugar free option

I revisit this recipe every two to three years. It’s creamy, full of flavour and looks so festive. Especially for those celebrating Christmas during Summer, Christmas Ice Cream Pudding is a winner. Variations for a sugar-free alternative are included.

Christmas Ice Cream Pudding

Makes 1 Litre and serves 8-10

Ingredients

  • 150g dried fruit (raisins, dates, currants & cherries work well)
  • 1 tsp grated orange rind
  • 1/4 brandy
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 60g unsalted butter (3 Tbs)
  • 1/4 plain flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar* or 1/3 cup dextrose
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 300ml cream (1/2 cup in step 2 then 1/2 + 2 Tb in step 4)
  • 1/3 cup nutella
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 Tb roasted hazelnuts roughly ground
  • 50g dark chocolate 70% cocoa or more** melted
  • fresh berries and mint leaves to garnish

Method

  1. In a bowl, mix fruit, orange rind, brandy and spices. Cover and leave in the fridge to soak overnight (or for up to a week).
  2. In a saucepan on a medium heat, melt butter and then add flour, stiring until it bubbles. Stir in sugar, milk, and 1/2 cup of cream. Keep on the heat until the mixture thickens.
  3. Take off the heat and stir in nutella, then egg yolks, then marinated fruits. Cover with glad wrap and place in the fridge until cooled to room temperature (or cooler).
  4. Beat remaining cream (1/2 cup + 2Tb), then fold it in to the cooled pudding mix. Place the mixture in a 1 Litre pudding basin or bowl that is lined with plastic wrap or baking paper. Ensure the mixture is fully covered with wrap and freeze overnight.
  5. To prepare for eating, remove plastic wrap and tip pudding out of bowl onto a serving plate and remove plastic wrap.
  6. Pour over melted dark chocolate and decorate with fresh berries and mint leaves.

Tips 

This recipe is easily doubled for larger gatherings and can be made up to two weeks ahead and left covered in freezer at step 4.

*For a fructose free alternative to sugar use 1/3 cup of dextrose. Dextrose is used in beer making so can be found in some suoermarkets that sell home brewing products or alternatively at any home brew shop. For a bit of added fructose free sweetness you can also add 1 Tb rice malt syrup into the mixture with the nutella at step 3.

**For the sugar free version I used 90% cacao chocolate. 

If you have enjoyed this recipe or have any suggestions I would love to hear from you. Just comment below. You can also follow Carly’s Recipe on Instagram @carlysrecipe

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