Cheat’s frozen Christmas puddings

These deliciously sweet frozen puddings are perfect for a hot Australian Christmas celebration. We'll show you the quick way to make these impressive desserts with minimal effort.

  • 25 mins preparation
  • 5 mins cooking
  • 6 hrs marinating
  • Serves 8
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Cheat’s frozen Christmas puddings
  • 2 litre vanilla ice-cream, softened
  • 800 gram golden fruit cake, crumbled
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) brandy or rum
  • chopped pecans, orange rind strips (see tip) and chocolate curls, to decorate
Chocolate sauce
  • 180 gram dark (semi-sweet) chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup (250ml) thickened (heavy) cream


Cheat’s frozen Christmas puddings
  • 1
    Line eight 3/4 cup (180ml) moulds with plastic wrap, extending plastic about 3cm over edge of moulds.
  • 2
    Process ice-cream, cake and brandy, in batches, until combined. Spoon ice-cream mixture into moulds. Cover with plastic wrap then foil; freeze overnight.
  • 3
    Make chocolate sauce: stir ingredients in a small saucepan over low heat until smooth.
  • 4
    Just before serving, turn puddings onto a baking-paper-lined tray; gently peel away plastic, transfer puddings to serving plates. Drizzle sauce over puddings; decorate with nuts, rind and chocolate curls.


Use a zesting tool to create the long thin strips of rind. If you don’t have one, remove wide strips of rind with a vegetable peeler, then cut into thin strips with a sharp knife.

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