If you have Christmas Pudding or Christmas Cake leftovers and are wondering what to do with them, here are some delicious and inspiring dessert recipes to use them up!
Leftover Christmas pudding truffles
- Melt 2 parts dark chocolate to 1 part double cream in a bowl suspended over a pan of gently simmering water. Remove from the heat.
- Crumble in leftover Christmas pudding and add a splash of booze – Cointreau, brandy or whisky work lovely.
- Stir well, then set aside for a few hours, to allow the mixture to set.
- Scoop the mixture into balls, then toss or roll in chopped nuts or cocoa powder.
Leftover Christmas pudding ice cream bombes
- Place scoops of ice cream on a tray and refreeze until solid – ideally overnight.
- Roll a large handful of leftover Christmas pudding between two sheets of baking parchment.
- Place a frozen ice cream ball in the centre and use the paper to encase the pudding around the ball of ice cream.
- Working quickly, wrap the pudding in layers of lightly buttered filo pastry until completely encased.
- The bombe needs to be deep-fried at 180C until the filo is just crisp – use a deep saucepan with about a third full of sunflower or vegetable oil.
- Dust with icing sugar and serve straight away – one bombe serves two.
Leftover Christmas pudding crumble
- 60g (2oz) butter
- 100g (31/2oz) plain flour
- 150-200g (5-7oz) leftover Christmas Pudding
- 1 large cooking apple
- 2 ripe pears
- 2 rounded tbsp cranberry sauce
- 2tbsp demerara sugar
- Custard or cream, to serve
- Buttered ovenproof dish
- Set the oven to gas mark 4 or 180°C. Rub butter into the flour to breadcrumb stage, then crumble in the Christmas Pudding to make the topping.
- Peel, core and thickly slice the apple and pears. Put half the fruit in the dish. Add 1tbsp cranberry sauce, then add the rest of the fruit and sauce, along with 1tbsp of the sugar.
- Spoon the topping over the fruit and sprinkle with the rest of the sugar. Put the dish on a baking sheet and bake for 40 mins. If not browned to your liking, turn up the heat to gas mark 6 or 200°C and bake for another 5-10 mins. Serve hot or cold with custard or cream.