With the craziness that comes at this time of year - we all need all the help we can get. Every little thing that helps me have a smooth and stress free Christmas is worth having or doing as far as Im concerned :)
So here is my idea for an easy, prepared, Christmas dessert that can be tailored to your tastes.
In South Africa we tend to have a rather warm Christmas day as we are in the middle of summer. So hot Christmas pudding can be rather sweaty... This is a great alternative without comprimising on the Christmas flavour. Its still delicious and festive but also creamy and cool which is better suited for our climate :)
This recipe can be made to suit your taste and budget. If you like pecans add pecans or if you have a nut allergy in the family then leave it out - the same goes for all the flavours and spices in this recipe - by all means add extra cherries or leave out the currants --- its your special Christmas Ice Cream so make it yours in taste! (everything can be altered except for the ice cream recipe base).
Christmas flavour suggestions: cherries, nuts, currants, raisins, spices, like cinnamon, five spice blend, orange rind, dark chocolate etc...
Homemade ice cream Recipe here (or good quality store bought ice cream)
1 cup of currants (or raisins)
1 teaspoon cinnamon (or more to taste)
half a cup glace cherries ( I pitted fresh cherries and then cooked them in a little water and 1 tablespoon sugar for 5 minutes then allowed them to cool in the fridge - not the same as glace cherries but worked)
100g dark 70% cocoa chocolate (chopped up to chocolate chip size pieces)
half a teaspoon 5 spice blend (optional)
About 1 cup of almonds and pecan nuts together (place in a pan and roast then add 1 tablespoon honey and cook until honey is sticky but not burn - take off the heat and chop nuts and allow to cool)
Rind of 1 orange finely grated - the orange flavour can be quite strong so add to taste
Start with a home made ice cream or good quality store bought ice cream.
Make your ice cream and as it is starting to get to the final freezing stage add your flavours - eg chocolate, nuts etc...
If using store bought Ice cream let your ice cream melt a little and then stir in the flavours/ingredients
Place in a pretty dish and freeze
Scoop into pretty bowls and serve
TIP can be nicely garnished with extra nuts or chocolate curls