Festive ice-cream bombe

November 8, 2013 (Last Updated: January 11, 2019)
Festive ice-cream bombe recipe

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.

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