Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Gluten Free Xmas Pudding Ice Cream

The night before the potluck, I got the strongest urge to make ice cream, even though I had already started on the brownies. I decided to veganise xmas pudding ice cream, its strange because I don't even like xmas pudding, but everything tastes better in ice cream form!

Christmas Pudding Ice Cream inspired by bbc goodfoood recipe

  • 200g dried cherries, chopped (or sub raisins etc)
  • 6 tbsp brandy
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar

Ice Cream:

  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 4 cloves
  • 2 cans of coconut milk
  • 1 t vanilla essence
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 6 gingernut biscuits, broken into chunks (I used the leda gf ones)
  • zest ½ lemon and ½ an orange 
  •  2 teaspoons arrowroot
  1. Mix all of the boozy fruit ingredients together in a bowl, then microwave or cook on stovetop for 3 mins. Stir, then leave to cool completely, for a few hours to overnight.
  2. For the ice cream, put the spices in a saucepan and gently heat for 3 mins or so, stirring once or twice, until fragrant. Tip in the coconut milk (reserving 1/4 cup) and sugar and bring to the boil. Bring to boil. 
  3. Pass the mix through a sieve and add in the vanilla extra, arrowroot mixture and zest. Place in fridge for a few hours until completly cold. 
  4. Follow ice cream machine instructions. Place mix the cherries and ginger nut in last few minutes. 
  5. Freeze til desired texture.

I had this great plan to give everyone small little tubs of this for xmas gifts which they could take home. Unfortunately it doesn't make a lot so ended up just serving it at the potluck. If you plan on serving it to several people, I recommend doubling the recipe. Despite not being a fan of xmas pudding, I still enjoyed this recipe, I think it had a good combination of fruit, booze and spices. Although I have to admit that I am a huge fan of the ginger biscuits which do have a strong flavour. So ginger fans stay away. I certainly think it is a better alternative for those us who celebration xmas in the southern hemisphere. The best thing about ice cream is you can make this well in advance too!

The potluck was great and included amazing things like vegan and gluten free prawn toast, ferrero rochers and lots more.

For other xmas dessert ideas, check out previously made candy cane ice creamcandy cane fudge, and candy cane cookies (not gf) and xmas pudding bites.

Thinking I might try to fit in one more xmas ice cream flavour this year, any suggestions?


  1. Sounds interesting - though do you really hate sultanas? I love plum pudding but also enjoy plum pudding ice cream. Is it possible to make a custard ice cream to go with it or is vanilla ice cream really just frozen custard????

    I almost made a plum pudding recipe when I recently made strawberry ice cream - it was literally plum ice cream with dried fruit soaked in alcohol and ground almonds. But I think my christmas recipe suggestion is chocolate, orange and spice - that is one festive flavour combo I love!

  2. Love the spiced-up flavours in this ice cream! With a hot weekend coming up maybe you can do a refreshing one next.

  3. oh YUm! How about gingerbread type ice cream?

  4. I, too, hate Christmas Pudding, though I think it's mostly to do with the orange peel involved, so this looks awesome! Quick question, though... I can't see the sugar in the instructions, does it go in with the coconut milk or with the vanilla and arrowroot? Thank you! :)

  5. Johanna, interesting idea about the frozen custard. I don't hate sultanas, just had a lot of dried cherries and do prefer them.

    Leaf, good one.

    Penny, sounds great.

    Hannah, thanks for letting me know, I have fixed it now. So it now reads that it goes in with the coconut milk as it needs to heat and dissolve.

  6. Cinnamon bun ice cream?
    After 8 ice cream - dark chocolate mint?
    Orange cranberry ginger?

    I'm hoping you'll need a taste tester when I arrive in Melbourne Jan 5th!

  7. This looks great, I know what I'm doing with that container of vodka soaked dried fruit in my fridge now!

    I'm on an eggnog thing at the moment so I'd suggest eggnog ice-cream. Probably with less brandy and rum than I tend to use making nog though, otherwise it probably wouldn't freeze...