I absolutely adore Christmas pudding. So much so that I’ll even sneak one of those mini puds into my shopping before the big day, because I can’t wait. A big spoonful of cream (especially if it has brandy or Cointreau in it!) and I have the perfect evening as I write my Christmas cards. Thank goodness the shops start Christmas so early!
But as soon as Boxing Day arrives I’m done. I can’t stomach any more cognac-fuelled, spice-flavoured raisins, and the leftover pudding and cake sits in the tin looking lonely until I eventually throw it out. Last year I put our pudding in the freezer, and it fared quite well. Well enough for me to microwave a spoonful in October so I could use up some leftover cream. But the more I looked at it, the more I thought there must be a better way to use all that Christmassy gorgeousness. And there is. Christmas pudding ice cream is so good that you’ll want to make it on Boxing Day, and it will all be gone by New Year’s Eve.
I used our Sage Smart Scoop ice cream maker for this recipe, but you could just as easily use the freeze and mix method if that’s how you usually do your ice cream – just freeze the finished mix in a shallow tub for half an hour at a time, mixing in between freezings until it’s a good consistency. Sage have a Quick Mix Vanilla Ice Cream recipe which uses condensed milk, avoiding the faff of making a custard first. It’s pretty good, and I just added some mixed spice to the base mix. You could add some Cointreau or Cognac if you want to make it really special, but as I was serving this to the kids I thought I’d better not! There’s always Bailey’s cream if you need a boost.
- 250ml whipping cream
- 315ml whole milk
- 240g sweetened condensed milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tsp mixed spice
- Leftover Christmas pudding - around 100g is enough but you could add more
- Place cream, milks and vanilla into a large jug and stir to combine. Refrigerate until cold.
- Pour into ice cream bowl of machine and churn to desired setting, adding in mixed spice as you churn.
- Towards the end of the cycle, and before the ice cream is hard, add chopped up pieces of Christmas pudding.
- Freeze or enjoy.
Think of this as a festive version of the universal favourite Cookie Dough ice cream. You could also do it with chunks of mince pie, Christmas cake, or stollen. The possibilities are endless! Check out our other ice cream recipes here.