Recipe

Ice-cream Christmas pudding log

Create a stunning centrepiece for your Christmas dessert table with this easy ice-cream Christmas pudding log

  • 30 mins cooking (plus standing and freezing time)
  • Serves 8
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You will need to start this recipe a day ahead.

Ingredients

  • 300 g purchased dark fruit cake or Christmas pudding, chopped coarsely
  • 2 tablespoons Frangelico liquer
  • 2 litres (8 cups) good quality vanilla ice-cream, softened slightly
  • White Ice magic, to decorate
  • 16 mixed Ferrero Rondnoir, Rocher and Raffaello, to serve
Hazelnut praline
  • 1 cup (140g) hazelnuts
  • 1 cup (220g) caster sugar
  • ½ cup (125ml) water

Method

Hazelnut praline
  • 1
    Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced). Place nuts on oven tray; roast for 5-8 minutes or until browned. Place nuts in a tea towel; rub to remove skins. Chop nuts coarsely. Scatter nuts on a lightly oiled oven tray. Meanwhile, combine sugar and the water in a small saucepan; stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Bring to the boil; boil, without stirring, for 8 minutes or until golden. Pour toffee over nuts; cool. Chop into rough crumbs.
  • 2
    Line a 13cm x 24cm loaf pan (2-litre/8-cup capacity) with two layers of baking paper, extending paper 5cm over sides.
  • 3
    Combine cake and liqueur in a large bowl; stand until absorbed. Working quickly, add ice-cream and two-thirds of the Hazelnut Praline to bowl; stir until just combined. Spoon ice-cream mixture into pan; smooth top. Cover, freeze overnight or until firm.
  • 4
    Just before serving, turn loaf out onto board or platter; remove paper. Drizzle with ice magic and decorate with chocolates and remaining praline. Serve immediately.
    Suitable to freeze. Not suitable to microwave.

Notes

Frangelico is a hazelnut liqueur; you can use your favourite liqueur or leave it out if you prefer.For a large Christmas pudding shape, line a 2-litre (8-cup) mould or bowl with two large pieces of plastic wrap, extending the plastic 10cm over side. Log can be made to the end of stepa 3, up to 2 weeks ahead.

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