Dec 23, 2013

Pudding freak.

So it was my birthday on Saturday. Also, I might add, it was Sharon Archer’s the day before – happy happy Sharon! But this time of year is always taken over by Christmas stuff so birthdays kind of get lost in the tinsel and trees of the season. That’s fine by me because I really, really, really love Christmas!

Everything from the piped carols in shopping centers to the excitement of opening presents Christmas morning. And the food, of course. The thing I love most about Christmas Day is the plum pudding and, as such, it’s my job every year to make it. So tomorrow I’ll soak the fruit and Christmas morning (when I get home from work!!) I’ll mix it all up and put it in the basin and let it boil for three hours. And then I’ll make the custard – on cream of course! Yum…can’t wait!

But this year I decided I’d also do a frozen ice-cream Christmas pud – given that it’s supposed to be 38 degrees on Wednesday, I think it’ll go down a treat! So that’s what I’ve been doing this morning – making ice-cream magic and, being the food constructor that I am, it’s the easiest and quickest thing to make.

Take cranberries, raspberries, pistachios, crushed up pavlova nests, white choc-chips and some crumbled up cheap fruit cake. 

Actually – you can add whatever you like to the mix, everything goes with ice cream, right?! 

Smoosh them all into 2L of softened good quality vanilla ice-cream. 

Once it’s all mixed in, place into a pudding basin lined with cling wrap. Make sure the cling wrap drapes over the sides. Place in freezer. To turn out just pull on the excess cling wrap and invert.

Mmmm, cool heaven! I’ll tweet and Facebook pics on the big day to let you know how it turns out!

Do you have a favourite Christmas Day food?

I hope everyone has a merry Christmas and a safe and happy holiday season. See you all here in 2014!!


  1. Happy birthday Amy and Sharon! What a time of year to celebrate!

    Thanks for the ice cream pudding tip. I'll be trying something similar this year (not on Christmas Day as we've already got the traditional hot pudding lined up) but soon after. I'm going to use fruit mince, vanilla ice cream and cherries. Fingers crossed.

    1. Thanks, Annie! I always used to think my sister had the right idea by having her birthday in the middle of the year! LOL

  2. Oh Annie - can I come to your place? Love the sound of your pudding!

  3. Thanks, Amy! And happy birthday to you for Saturday!

    I must say your ice cream Christmas pud looks wonderful! Should go down a treat on the day! I'm such an infrequent Facebooker but I must make a special effort to get on and see your creation turned out on a plate!

    My lovely mother-in-law makes the family plum pud and, although I'm sure it's divine, I'm not a fan of dried fruit so I give that a miss. But she also makes a trifle which will be seriously wicked so I'm looking forward to that!

    I think one of my favourite Christmas treats is leftovers! No need to wonder what to prepare for meals for days!

    1. Happy birthday, Sharon! Hope it was splendid! :-)

    2. Thanks Sharon :-)
      See now trifle..... ugh, shudder, gag... can't go there :-/
      Just as well we're not all the same, that would be boring :-)

  4. Happy birthday, Amy! I hope you had a fab birthday anyway. :-) My mother's birthday falls on Christmas Eve and my little brother's birthday on Christmas Day, so I understand the importance of trying to keep the celebrations somewhat separate.

    And I hope you have a WONDERFUL Christmas full of pudding! Love the sound of your frozen pudding -- am definitely going to give that recipe a whirl. I'm looking forward to relaxing with homemade fruitcake and bubbles -- shall remember to toast all the Cats and the LoveCat Friends. :-)

    1. Wow, Michelle - so you really understand how extra full December is :-) Both my hubby and my daughter also have December birthdays - DD's is NYE! so December is a blur of celebrations!
      Love love love fruitcake :-)

  5. Happy Birthday Amy

    I will be trying your ice cream pudding after Christmas sounds wonderful I have my pudding already to go for tomorrow

    Have Fun

    1. Ooh, want to see you FB a pic of yours, Helen! :-)

  6. Happy Birthday Sharon and Amy. Your Xmas treats sound lovely.

    Are you kidding me?!?!? 38 degrees. I'm going to be in that heat too.

    I love eating as many prawns as possible on Xmas Day. I love them!

  7. Love prawns too Jen but it doesn't feel like Xmas without Turkey and pudding!