thecookingchook

The personal stories and adventures of a nerdy food lover.

The Cooking Chook does Christmas – Cheat’s Frozen Christmas Pudding

There are only a handful of situations where I think cheating is justified. Cooking is one of them. As a person who is employed full-time and studies part-time, I don’t have much time to spend on cooking. I will always look for short-cuts or ways to ‘cheat’ just as long as I don’t compromise too much on the quality and taste of what I’m serving. Christmas cooking is no exception. The whole idea of Christmas is enjoying the time you are spending with loved ones, right? Well, you can’t do that if you are slaving away in the kitchen over dishes that take the entire day to make. Last year for Christmas, my partner’s Mum bought me The Australian Women’s Weekly ‘The Christmas Collection’ cookbook. It’s 340 pages of Chrismassy recipe goodness which is divided into your usual Christmas events where you would be serving food; such as the Christmas Party, Christmas Eve, Christmas Morning, Christmas Dinner etc etc. One recipe that caught my eye was the Cheat’s Frozen Christmas Pudding. I’ve totally avoided ever making a traditional Christmas pudding, because 1) I’m not a traditionalist (as previously mentioned), and 2) they take FOREVER to prepare and cook. It will take you about half an hour to make the fruit mix and another 3.5 to 5 HOURS (!!!!) to make and cook the pudding. Why would you do that to yourself? This recipe will take 10 to 15 minutes in preparation, then you can whack these little babies in the freezer for a few hours to set (preferably you would make this the day before). Yes, there is that time you need to wait for the pudding to set, but at least it’s a ‘set and forget’ type recipe, not the ‘set and nurse for several hours’ type. The original recipe serves 8, but I halved the amounts to serve 4.

Cheat’s Frozen Christmas Pudding
500ml (2 cups) vanilla ice cream, softened
350g light fruit cake, crumbled
1 tbs (20ml) rum (I used Bacardi 8 (dark), but you could also use brandy)

Line four ¾ cup (180ml) moulds with cling wrap, making sure that there is at least 3cm of overhang over the top of the moulds (this will make things easier when it comes to pulling the puddings out of the moulds).

Line moulds with cling wrap

Mix the softened ice cream, cake and rum until combined. Spoon the mixture into the moulds. Cover with cling wrap then with foil and whack them into the freezer for at least 3 hours or until frozen, but preferably overnight.

Mix all ingredients togetherSpoon mixture into moulds

Run a little water over the pudding moulds for a couple of seconds, then turn the puddings out on to a tray lined with baking paper. Gently peel away the cling wrap and transfer the puddings to serving plates.

Serve puddings with chocolate sauce

Note: I served these with home-made chocolate sauce, which is a must! If you would like to see the recipe for the chocolate sauce, click here. If you would like to see the original recipe for the puddings, it’s on page 224 of The Australian Women’s Weekly ‘The Christmas Collection’ cookbook.

Advertisements

Single Post Navigation

5 thoughts on “The Cooking Chook does Christmas – Cheat’s Frozen Christmas Pudding

  1. I have nominated you and your blog for the Very Inspiring Blog Award. Please follow this link to except.
    http://savorthefood.wordpress.com/2012/12/14/very-inspiring-blog-award/

    Chef Randall

  2. Looks delicious! Love the generous helping of chocolate sauce 😉

    • Thanks Mri! It is a generous helping, isn’t it? I’m kinda in love with chocolate in general, so I really couldn’t help myself. Thanks for checking out my post, and hope you have a wonderful Christmas 🙂

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Pastry Affair

The personal stories and adventures of a nerdy food lover.

A Sweeter Thing

The personal stories and adventures of a nerdy food lover.

Jo the tart queen

food, travel & photography

rabbitcanbake

baking cake that bring joy to your tastebud, smile to your face and happiness to your belly

Med School Know-How

Random Explanations That Helped Me Along the Way

Bookabye Baby

Book reviews, plus stuff and things

d.n.leslie

eat, see, play, feel, travel, learn, teach........& stuff!!

The Paddington Foodie

Food That Makes Me Smile

David Lebovitz

Paris based chef baking and writing cookbooks

Rabbitcancook

a recipe sharing and bento blog

French Food Fool

Cooking & Eating & Living in Paris (& Leaving it, sometimes)

Bunny Eats Design

Happy things, tasty food and good design

Epicuriously

Eat | Entertain | Explore

Lean Times

"... fuck medical school, really. It's just a means to an end. no more, no less. I won't let it take pieces of me I don't want to give away..."

Not Quite Nigella - Recipes, Restaurants and Travel

The personal stories and adventures of a nerdy food lover.

my sweet addiction

a conversation about all things sweet

whiskitforabiscuit

it's worth the whisk...

thecookingchook

The personal stories and adventures of a nerdy food lover.

I Eat Therefore I Am

The personal stories and adventures of a nerdy food lover.

Yummy Lummy

I cook, photograph and eat food with the occasional restaurant review!

Break Room Stories

Service Industry Stories and More Since 2012

We're Calling Shenanigans!

Two Real Girls attempting the Pinterest Impossible

Girl On Grill Action

Stick a fork in it

%d bloggers like this: