• Need something big for that holiday dessert? Look no further than this festive ice-cream bombe! Bursting with flavour and celebratory cheer, it’s a surefire showstopper for pudding.

    Festive ice-cream bombe

    Serves: 6 – 8
    Cooking Time: 45 mins + chilling + freezing (if making your own ice cream); just 15 mins if store-bought


    • Basic custard ice cream

    • 375ml (1½ cups) milk
    • 375ml (1½ cups) single cream
    • 1 vanilla pod, seeds scraped
    • 110g (½ cup) castor sugar
    • 6 egg yolks
    • Festive bombe

    • 1 quantity basic custard ice cream or 1L good quality soft vanilla ice cream
    • 10ml (2 tsp) ground mixed spice
    • 300g store-bought Christmas pudding, cooked + crumbled
    • 50g walnuts
    • 100g ginger biscuits, roughly crushed



    For the custard ice cream, place the milk, cream, vanilla pod and seeds, and 55g (¼ cup) sugar in a saucepan over high heat, heating until the sugar has dissolved. Bring to a boil and remove from heat. Remove the vanilla pod from the custard and set aside for 5 minutes to cool slightly.


    Whisk together the egg yolks and the remaining sugar in a bowl until pale and creamy. Gradually pour the milk mixture over the egg mixture, whisking continuously. Pour the mixture into a clean saucepan over medium heat and cook until the mixture coats the back of a wooden spoon, 5 – 7 minutes. Place the custard in a bowl and refrigerate until cooled completely.


    Churn the custard in an ice-cream machine and when the custard ice cream has set, fold in the mixed spice, Christmas pudding crumble, walnuts and ginger biscuits.


    If using store-bought ice cream, place in a bowl and stir in the spice, Christmas pudding crumble, walnuts and ginger biscuits.


    Pour the mixture into a dome-shaped bowl lined with a 40cm x 40cm muslin cloth. Cover and freeze until ready to serve.


    Cook's tip: Make individual servings by placing spoonfuls of pudding into smaller squares of muslin, moulding them into balls, placing them in muffin tray holes and putting the tray in the freezer.