Top 10 Unusual and Alternative Christmas Puddings

I love my Christmas dinner,  all those super tasty pigs in blankets and I even enjoy the sprouts! But there is one festive food I can’t stand and that is Christmas pudding. Each and every year my parents would make one, hide the coins inside and make me eat it by drowning it in custard. The problem is I am older now, so I understand the traditions of Christmas a little more and what makes it special. So a traditional Christmas pudding is needed, but maybe something little more unusual…

 


Top 10 Unusual and Alternative Christmas Puddings


 

Panettone bread
Panettone bread

10 – Bread Pudding?
www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMRD_CKpLCQ

This very festive looking Panettone bread full of Gelatorino Ice-Cream is a great alternative and best of all it is easier than ever to get your hands on a Panettone bread dessert because they are everywhere!

Sticky ginger pear pudding
Sticky ginger pear pudding

9 – Pear Pud!
www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/8786/sticky-ginger-pear-pudding

This is just about as close to the real thing as I would like to tread. Moist, light and most probably tastes absolutely beautiful!

Clementine puddings with rosemary cream
Clementine puddings with rosemary cream

8 – Clementine Christmas
www.cookwithmands.com/recipes/clementine-puddings-with-rosemary-cream

Made with Spanish clementines these offer a perfect balance of sweetness and acidity making them a very citrusy alternative to the traditional Christmas pudding.

Christmas Pudding Chocolate Cake Pops
Christmas Pudding Chocolate Cake Pops

7 – Festive Pops!
www.desireempire.com/2012/11/christmas-pudding-chocolate-cake-pops.html

Not only does a cake pop have the perfect shape, but they can also make the perfect alternative festive puddings!

Mars Bar Christmas crackles
Mars Bar Christmas crackles

6 – Snap, Crackle and Christmas!
www.kidspot.com.au/best-recipes/Christmas-recipes-for-kids+133/Mars-Bar-Christmas-crackles-recipe+2880.htm

If you are looking for something you know the kids (and us adults) will enjoy the Christmas why not make this Mars bar fussed rise crispy pudding cakes!

Christmas Pudding Cheese
Christmas Pudding Cheese

5 – A Very Cheesy Christmas!
uk.lifestyle.yahoo.com/a-whole-christmas-dinner-in-a-block-of-cheese—cheese-maker-reveal-you-can-dramatically-reduce-cooking-time-with-unusual-cheddar-104216566.html

Now I know this time of year is all about cheese, but a Christmas pudding cheese might just be going too far! But as I am a lover of cheese I am willing to give this a go.

Christmas Pudding Pinata Cake
Christmas Pudding Pinata Cake

4 – Whack the Pud!
bubbleandsweet.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/christmas-pudding-pinata-cake.html

I really don’t think you could cram more fun into one cake than this. Not only is it a tasty chocolate cake anyway, but inside it is full of sweets giving it a kind of pinata style! I think this one really captures the whole spirit of Christmas, fun, surprise and perfect for kids.

Mini Christmas Truffle Puddings
Mini Christmas Truffle Puddings

3 – The Santa Truffle
uk.pinterest.com

A Christmas pudding doesn’t have to be massive! These bite-sized Christmas pudding themed truffles are perfect for those of us with little time to mess around, if you don’t have much time just dust some truffles!

Winter Pudding Bombe
Winter Pudding Bombe

2 – The Pudding Bombe
www.channel4.com/4food/recipes/chefs/jamie-oliver/jamie-oliver-winter-pudding-bombe-recipe

This might well be not much more than the Worlds biggest profiterole, but as far as alternative puddings go it is not bad at all.

honeycomb Balls Christmas Pudding
honeycomb Balls Christmas Pudding

1 –  Balls to Christmas Pudding!
www.notonthehighstreet.com/sweettreebyrivera/product/christmas-pudding-with-hidden-choc-orange

This festive pudding is made from chocolate honeycombed balls, topped with a drizzle of Belgian white chocolate all with a chocolate orange crunch centre!

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  3. I have bookmarked this post for this coming Christmas. Got to make me one of those malteser ball ones.

  4. No, it is pearl barley (1/2 cup in 7 cups of water), brought to a boil at night, then let sit overnight. In the morning you cooked it on low heat for 1 1/2 hours, then add 1 cup sugar, raisins, dried apricots or what fruit you want and then add a bit of Orange Flower Water for an extra cool flavor. Then cool it off a bit, put in the fridge until it is cold. It will become quite thick, somewhat like rice pudding. At serving, sprinkle some crushed walnuts on top.

    Not a quick dessert, but worth the time and effort.

  5. Looks as though you find the traditionials a bit much at times. We didn’t have a particular tradition for Christmas, unless I made Gorgod – an Armenian pudding.

  6. Russell, I am dismayed and saddened by the news that you don’t like Christmas pudding. Oh well, never mind, I guess that means there will be more for me. Have you ever tried ice cream plum pudding? It’s delicious.

  7. We definitely do Christmas Pudding in Australia – with brandy butter. Love it. Still lots of English traditions over here, although lots of people here do Christmas Pavlova. I really like the idea of the Panetone with icecream. Now if only I could get it to snow in December… like the beautiful snowflakes on your blog!

  8. We sing “Oh, bring us some figgy pudding,” but all we have is fruitcake in the U.S. Those puddings don’t look bad at all. In fact, that that pudding bombe is the bomb (or “da bomb”). Put that in my mouth any day.

  9. Reblogged this on TechnoTom and commented:

    Today for Tom’s Re-blog of the Day we have a post by the great Russell from The Top 10 of Anything and Everthing. This particular post is about the Top 10 Alternative Christmas Puddings.

  10. Like the mini truffles….but bread pudding that my Grandmother used to make when I was young is still my favorite….of course, the rum cake was good too, as it provided the only access to alcohol I had as a young boy! 🙂 Merry Christmas to you…don’t eat too much now! 🙂

  11. That did it you officially made me hungry for something sweet. I will tell the wife it is your fault. Have a Merry Christmas and a prospers New Year. Jim

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