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Baked Christmas soufflé pudding and Christmas pudding ice-cream

11 September 2006
Baked Christmas soufflé pudding and Christmas pudding ice-cream

Ingredients

Soufflé
1½lb Christmas pudding
12 eggs
12oz caster sugar
2tbs cornflour
Brandy
Amaretto

Method

Make a sabayon from 12 egg yolks 4 sugar 2 cornflour plus a dash each of brandy and Amaretto cooking over a bain-marie until thick and white.

Bash the Christmas pudding in a mixer using paddle attachment until lump-free then add a dash each of brandy and Amaretto.

Add the Christmas pudding to the cooked sabayon and mix well.

Make a meringue with 12 egg whites and 8oz sugar.

Fold in thick meringue to the pudding in two stages - one-quarter beaten into the mixture and one-quarter folded in. Place in 20 small dariole moulds that have been greased and sugared. Cook in a bain-marie one-quarter filled with water until firm to the touch (about 25-30 minutes).

Ice-cream

8oz Christmas pudding crumbled
8 egg yolks
8oz caster sugar
1½ pints milk
½ pint double cream

Method

Whisk egg yolks and sugar in a bowl.

Boil milk and cream in a saucepan; then pour the boiling liquid over the egg mixture whisking constantly.

Place back in a clean saucepan and return to a low heat. Stir with a wooden spoon until the sauce Anglaise thickens. Strain and allow to cool.

Place sauceAnglaise into an ice-cream machine. When it is almost thick add the crumbled Christmas pudding. Allow to mix thoroughly then freeze.

Assembly

Flood a plate with sauce Anglaise then place two pools of plum compote on top - one made with yellow plums and one with red.

On the yellow plum compote place a brandy-snap basket filled with a scoop of the ice-cream. On the red plum compote place the soufflé.

Serve Christmas pudding truffles as petits fours afterwards.

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