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BLISSEMASS: An Aussie Christmas pudding

I’ve posted this recipe before, but it always gets such a great response that I’m doing it again!

Santa pub crawlPeople in the northern hemisphere often find it hard to relate to Christmas in the great south land. Summer isn’t something you northerners identify with carols, eggnog, roast turkey and tinsel.  Well, I’m here to tell you we love our Christmas here in Aussieland…and we remember that the first Christmas was actually in a hot arid country so celebrating in the hot weather isn’t all that strange. Okay, so seeing poor Santa swelter in that heavy red suit and beard in the heat is a little weird I guess, but hey, we watch TV…we see how you guys do it!  We don’t want to be left out….LOL…

To be honest the traditions here are changing. It has a lot to do with our climate, and a lot to do with our multicultural country.  As a child I lived in a society where most people were of a European background. Hence we celebrated much like a family from England or from the USA…minus the snow of course.  Now we are a more eclectic society. Our neighbours are from Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong….plus we still have our Irish, English and European heritage.  It’s quite a melting pot really.

So now we combine our traditions.  We might have lobster and prawns, and then plum pudding.  Some still have turkey and ham and all the trimmings.  Some have a barbeque on the beach.  Anything goes.

What doesn’t change is that it’s bl**dy hot!  So I try to have something cooling but still Christmassy enough to be a special occasion.

Here is my recipe for Ice cream Christmas Pudding.  It’s absolutely delicious, if I say so myself J


1 litre tub of chocolate ice cream
500g mixed dried fruit
100 g glace cherries (optional)
100g choc bits
25 mls brandy or rum
500g good quality choc buttons (dark or milk)
250g white chocolate buttons
sprig of holly to decorate

Leave the chocolate ice cream out to soften until it is able to be stirred.
In a bowl, combine the fruit and cherries. Leave aside
Line a pudding bowl with clear plastic wrap.
Melt the chocolate buttons ( in a double boiler, or microwave)
Add a small amount of the brandy or rum to the chocolate and stir.  It now becomes hard, in a play dough sort of texture.
Put the chocolate mixture into the prepared pudding bowl and mould it around the sides until you have completely lined the bowl with the chocolate.

Place it in the freezer for a few minutes.

Mix the fruit and the choc bits into the ice cream and pour it into the pudding bowl over the chocolate lining.
Bring the cling wrap back over the top and wrap.

Place the bowl in the freezer and let it refreeze.  Preferably overnight, but at least 4 hours.

To serve, pull the pudding out of the bowl with the plastic wrap. Up end it onto a serving plate.

Melt the white chocolate and pour it over the frozen pudding and it will harden. It looks like custard 🙂

Decorate with a sprig of holly…and voila!

Christmas pudding Aussie style 🙂



Merry Blissemas!

This post is part of the fun Blissemas competition. To join in simply leave a comment on this post and the others at and you could be in to win your choice of eReader or $100 gift voucher to spend on eBooks! The prize will be drawn on the 21st December. Merry Blissemas!

How to Join In the Blissemas fun

Visit the Blissemas site every day of the competiton and open that day’s envelope. Leave a comment on the day’s blog to get an entry into the Blissemas Prize Draw. One Entry Per Person Per Blog each day.

Pick Your Prize!

Choose from one of the following:

An eReader of your choice (Pick from either a Kindle, Nook, Kobo or Sony)
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Terms & Conditions

Blissemas this year runs from the 25th Nov – 19th Dec.

The Winner will be drawn at Midnight GMT on the 21st Dec 2013.
The Winner will be announced on the Blog and Smutters Facebook Page
The competition is open to everyone over the age of 18.
The prize is non-transferable, non refundable and cannot be exchanged
Good luck!
And don’t forget to check out my latest release CHASING TERPSICHORE

When a Greek goddess lands in modern times there’s bound to be trouble.

You can read an excerpt and buy the book HERE

It’s OUT! And the Chasing Terpsichore Blog Tour is also live!



Available NOW from Total-E-Bound Publishing and from Amazon at and it’s only 99 cents!

BLOG TOUR Dates and details

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Guest post: HAPPY RELEASE DAY! Starstruck in Seattle (plus bumper giveaway)

Juliet Madison is celebrating the release of her third book with Escape Publishing, STARSTRUCK IN SEATTLE, a contemporary romance novella with a touch of magic (romagic).

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Juliet tells us a little about how this book came to be…

“I got the idea for this story when Sleepless in Seattle was on TV. I thought, instead of a call-in-radio show where people ask for advice, what if there was a website that specialised in helping people anonymously with their love dilemmas? So I thought up the idea for a Love Coach, but as I like to do in many of my stories, I decided to give it a slight magical twist, and gave the character of Lulu some other-worldly powers that help her to give destiny a shove in the right direction. But, as Lulu discovers, doing destiny’s work can be a pain in the wings, and may be more challenging than she thought. ”

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