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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Yummy Christmas Ice-Cream!

Today I would like to share a recipe for Christmas ice-cream pudding for a few Christmas parties! I will be linking up to 

Foodie Friday with Michael Lee



As you would know it is Summer Down Under so Christmas day is usually very hot. We haven't caught on to the whole cookie exchange concept yet, probably because it is too hot to keep baking all day! Since it is so hot many Australians tend to have cold foods on the big day. Many families serve cold seafood, salads or have family BBQ's by the pool. However, since my mum is from England we always have turkey (with stuffing), baked ham and Christmas pudding. Now I am not a huge fan of all the peel that goes into a traditional pudding so I always make one that is made with ice-cream, chocolates, cranberries and macadamia nuts...YUM!

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To make this yummy ice-cream pudding add:
2 bars of white chopped white chocolate

2 Peppermint crisp bars


2 small toblerone bars


1 cup roasted macadamia nuts



About a cup of cranberries (I usually use dried cranberries as that is all I can normally find but I found these cherries a couple of weeks ago and they worked beautifully too!)


And 2 litres of softened vanilla ice cream


I then add about 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg and then mix everything together in a large bowl. When mixed well, place into a pudding bowl, glass bowl or even a cake tin that is shaped like a pudding bowl) that has been lined with cling film. Leave some cling film hanging over the edges of the bowl so you can cover the ice cream and then place the bowl in the freezer overnight.

When it is time to serve the pudding take it out the freezer for a few minutes and then turn it out onto a plate. I then drizzle it with chocolate topping (the one that dries hard) but you can also top it with mixed berries.

Voila!


This is such a great recipe because it is easy and it has to be prepared in advance-one less thing to have to worry about Christmas day!

I made this ice cream pudding for an early Christmas lunch that we had at the in-law's place a couple of weeks ago. They have gone to Paris to spend Christmas with D's sister and her family.

Here are some pictures of our Christmas table and our yummy food:


We always have crystal glasses for special occassions!


We ate roasted chicken and glazed ham, roasted potatoes and pumpkin, steamed broccoli and cauliflower with white sauce. I think the dishes are from Johnson Brothers but I could be wrong....

 

Dessert was a traditional steamed pudding with brandy custard and ice-cream pudding. 

 

Thank you also for hosting these wonderful linky parties ladies and thank you for inviting me to join in.

I am heading over to visit my beautiful hostesses, so I can get some more recipes and look at some beautifully decorated homes but before I go, I just want to invite you to join in with Sunday Song tomorrow. 








It will be the last one for the year so please feel free to link up any songs you might have posted about on your blog this year. I am hoping that there will be lots of Christmas Songs in the mix at this very special time of year!  

Take care and best Christmas wishes, 

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31 comments:

  1. MERCY! This looka amazing!!! NOT good for my weight loss! But I have to try it!
    Have a pretty day!
    Kristin

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  2. I love all the combinations of things in this dish. It looks great when you turn it out and then put chocolate on it! Yummy! Joni

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  3. It's hard to imagine a warm place in December!
    The pudding and dinner look delicious!

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  4. hi natasha!!

    thank you for sharing the recipe
    im gonna trying to make one too!
    looks .... SUPER!

    i cant wait to try it..

    Xo, yhosie

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  5. We are of the turkey and veges type, too although my dad always cooks the turkey at his place in the weber so it doesn't heat up our kitchen! Love the dessert. Will try to make it although won't go with the cherries though. Although they aren't those glace ones thank goodness! They are awful!

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  6. I am going to make that pudding it looks delicious..my family will adore it and I might convince them that I can cook....shh don't tell them...ha ha Thanks Kym X

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  7. That ice-cream sure looks scrumptious! Thanks for sharing it with us. Your table looked very inviting, and, after seeing your Christmas meal, I'm really looking forward to mine now in a couple of weeks!

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  8. Happy PS! I have one problem though... the ingredients would never make it to the final end product.. I would eat it all before I could mix it together!
    Cricket

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  9. Thanks so much for dropping by Town and Country Mom, Natasha! I love your pudding idea--it sounds so good and looks pretty, too. I'm not sure what I would use for peppermint crisp bars as I don't think we have anything similar, but I'll come up with something. In the meantime, I love your blog! Happy weekend!

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  10. Oh, this could be nothing short of amazing! Look at those macadamia nuts. I'm just fascinated by the difference in our candy. Of course we have Nestle...but the bars are unfamiliar to me. So interesting to learn things about other places...love blogging for that reason!

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  11. Good grief lovey that looks about eight kinds of awesome♥

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  12. That dessert is a candy bar extravaganza - just my type. You are so far ahead of me in getting things done. I am still mulching fall leaves, but I saw my husband taking the ladder to the front of the house, and then I saw him with a couple of wreaths. I did not even have to ask him to put them up this year. Oh, gee, even my husband it ahead of me.

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  13. I am totally drooling over all this good food! The ice cream looks divine!

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  14. Oh my Natasha - the ice cream looks delicious! I wonder if the cherries you showed are from Michigan? We are the Great Lakes state and a huge producer of cherries!

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  15. Great recipe! I had a traditional English pudding once, made by a dear friend from England. Happy Pink Saturday!

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  16. Hello Natasha,
    great recipe, I will try it. Wish you a merry Christmas.
    Greetings, Johanna

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  17. "Christmas day is usually very hot..."
    It's so strange for me, and so funny! :)
    Best wishes from Italy for you and family|

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  18. This sounds so yummy!!!!!!!

    I love your blog! I awarded you the Stylish Blogger award http://sugarcookieart.blogspot.com/2010/12/stylish-blog-award.html
    Congrats!!

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  19. Hi Natasha,

    Your ice cream looks yummy! I love the roasted macadamia nuts! That is enough to sell me. Thanks for sharing with all of us. *hugs*

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  20. Oh My!! I gained 5 pounds just looking :)

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  21. Such a yummy dessert. While it won't be hot here in San Diego, it won't be cold either and this would be a great addition to the dessert table.
    Mimi

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  22. YUM! What a delicious holiday version of ice cream!!!

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  23. That recipe sounds so good and I love your photos. Happy Pink Saturday.

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  24. Hi there Natasha~ oh yummm!!!!! This looks so delicious!!! Thank you for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

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  25. Yum! I'll be right over.♥

    Happy Pink Saturday, Natasha.

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  26. Hi Natasha, we celebrate with a hot xmas lunch every year no matter how hot it is, it wouldn't be Christmas without it. My mum is from England too:) Your pudding does look delicious, I think my kids would love it :) Tamara

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  27. So pretty! Beyond impressive! Stopping by from Red Couch Recipes!

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  28. This looks so full of deliciously naughty items - I would love it. Your recipe is really clever and I love that you molded it. The picture of your complete dinner looks wonderful. It truly is a Wonderful Life isn't it.
    (I love the sound of your traditional foods, they are more to my liking than the hot foods.)

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  29. This ice cream pudding looks like the perfect way to cap off a fabulous Christmas dinner!

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