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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 neighbor has given me a loan of his counter oven, which is fantastic.
So it’s my son’s birthday on 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 Saturday, I said I would make him a cake for his birthday to celebrate with us.
Yes, my oven is broken, so how will I make this cake for him?
Well, this Frosty Christmas pudding cake needs no baking and can be used instead of a Christmas pudding/dumpling on Christmas day.
Traditional Christmas Pudding
What is Christmas pudding?
Christmas pudding/dumpling is a very traditional UK pudding usually served with a brandy Sauce.
My mum would make this Christmas pudding 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 a 5-pence into the Christmas pudding, and the person who found the 5-pence would have their wish granted.
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 a choking hazard.
My dad would 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 rich, fruity cake/dumpling with raisins, cherries, nuts, citrus peel, and Brandy to flavor it.
It is usually made a few days before and then placed in a bowl with a saucer over the top to mold it so all the flavors come together.
Next, it was wrapped in a cloth (we called it a clootie dumpling.
What is a clootie?
A clootie is a cloth of material in Scotland).
After the Christmas pudding is wrapped, it is put in a pan of water and brought to a simmer until fully cooked.
Make-Ahead Christmas Pudding
Now, my Frosty Christmas pudding can be made a few days ahead of time and kept in the freezer as it’s 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 flavor 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.
How To Make Frosty Christmas Pudding
Frosty Christmas Pudding
- Recipe Type: No-Bake Holiday
- Cuisine: Pudding Cake
- Author: Nicola Don
- Prep time: 15 mins
- Cook time: 20 mins
- Total time: 35 mins
- Serves: 6-8
This is your go-to dessert for an easy, no-bake holiday treat filled with cherries, nuts, and favorite flavors.
- 1 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon cornflour
- 2 teaspoons plain flour
- 2 teaspoons caster sugar
- 3 eggs
- 28g butter
- 1/2 cup whipping cream
- 2oz raisins
- 2oz currants
- 2oz glacé cherries
- 1oz blanched almonds
- 1/2 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 low heat, stirring constantly until it thickens and 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 completely melted and blended.
- Leave custard in the fridge until it is freezing
- 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 the mixture into a pudding bowl or mold.
- Wipe down the inside or rim of the mold so it comes out clean.
- Place in the freezer for about 2 hours 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 use. 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!
Once finished, decorate with cherries on the top like have or whatever you fancy.
As I mentioned, this Frosty Christmas Pudding could be an alternative to the traditional Christmas Pudding.
Enjoy my Frosty Christmas Pudding, everybody.
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