A no-bake holiday treat like my Frosty Christmas Pudding is easy to make and full of holiday flavours.
Well I am at it again only this time without my oven because It broke down on me and I feel as though I have lost a limb.
It’s just the wrong time of year for the cooker to go down but fortunately my neighbour has given me a loan of his counter oven which is awesome.
So it’s my son’s birthday Sunday December 15th and he is having a small party with three friends at a local bowling alley.
I picked up a great deal at our local Superstore with a 50% off pink sticker for a cupcake cake since I would have struggled to make anything.
As his party is on the Saturday I said I would make him a cake for his actual birthday to celebrate with us.
Yes my oven is broken so how am I going to do this cake for him?
Well this Frosty Christmas pudding cake needs no baking and can actually be used instead of a Christmas pudding/dumpling on Christmas day.
What is Christmas pudding?
Christmas pudding/dumpling is a very traditional UK pudding usually served with a brandy Sauce. This Christmas pudding is what my mum would make a few days before Christmas and we would all get to take our turn to stir it and make a wish.
My mum would then mix in a 5 pence into the Christmas pudding and the person who found the 5 pence would have there wish granted or come true. I know it sounds far fetched but we all have to believe in something.
She just had to remember to tell everybody that there was money in the Christmas pudding so it didn’t pose as a choking hazard.
My dad would proceed to pour brandy over the top of the Christmas pudding and light it up. The flame was very spectacular, a highlight for us when we were little.
The Christmas pudding is a very rich fruity cake/dumpling that has raisins, cherries, nuts, citrus peel and Brandy to flavour it up.
It is usually made a few days before hand then placed in a bowl with a saucer over the top to mould it and so all the flavours come together.
Next it was wrapped in a cloth (we called it a clootie dumpling.
What is a clootie? Well, let me tell you. A clootie is a cloth of material in Scotland). After the Christmas pudding is wrapped it then put in a pan of water and brought to a simmer until it was fully cooked.
Now my Frosty Christmas pudding can be made a few days ahead of time and kept in the freezer as its more like an ice-cream cake which my kids love.
We all like to save time and money during the holidays and baking and cooking at home is the perfect solution so we don’t go overboard with our budget.
The best part about this frosty Christmas pudding is that you can put almost anything in terms of flavour and texture from nuts, cherries and raisins to chocolate chips.
This traditional Christmas pudding is a versatile treat sure to put a smile on everybody’s face. I hope you enjoy this recipe and pass it along to your friends and family.
- 1 Cup milk
- 1 teaspoon cornflour
- 2 teaspoons plain flour
- 2 teaspoons caster sugar
- 3 eggs
- 28g butter
- ½ cup whipping cream
- 2oz raisins
- 2oz currants
- 2oz glacé cherries
- 1oz blanched almonds
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- Glacé cherries for decoration
- Heat the milk gently.
- Place the cornflour, plain flour, sugar and egg into a bowl and blend them thoroughly.
- Pour the warmed milk into the bowl, stirring well.
- Return the mixture to the pan and cook it over a low heat, stirring constantly until it thickens and just begins to boil
- Remove the pan from the heat
- Beat the custard until smooth.
- Cut the butter into small pieces and add to the custard mixture, stirring until it is completely melted and blended in.
- Leave custard in fridge until it is completely cold
- Now whip the cream lightly
- Stir it into the cold custard with your currants, raisins, cherries (whole or chopped) and finely chopped almonds.
- Finally add the cinnamon ensuring the mixture is well stirred together.
- Transfer mixture into a pudding bowl or mould.
- Wipe down inside or rim of mould so it comes out clean.
- Place in freezer for about 2hrs when it will be lightly frozen, firm and ready to serve.
- If it’s not required immediately, the pudding can be left in the freezer for up to a month before using. Allow it to thaw slightly for 45min – 1hr. Stand the basin in a bowl of hot water before turning out. This should not be refrozen!
- Prep time- 15mins
- Cooking time- 20mins for custard to thicken
- Freezing time- 2hrs
- Serves- 6-8 people
Once finished decorate with cherries on the top like have or whatever you fancy. As I mentioned this Frosty Christmas Pudding could be served as an alternative to the traditional Christmas Pudding.
Enjoy my Frosty Christmas Pudding everybody.
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