Christmas sugar baskets

Wow with your presentation skills and serve up a fruity twist on the classic Christmas pud



christmas sugar baskets

Add fruit and a crunchy sugar basket for a novel way to enjoy your Christmas pud. The pudding is a source of B-vitamins, potassium, iron and calcium with all its fruity goodness and adding raspberries will add a burst of vitamin C that'll bolster your immune system. For a healthier option up the fruit and lower the icecream filling - but as it's Christmas, we'll let you off. Practise your basket-making skills before the big day and the Vegetarian Society recommend using vegan icecream and pudding.

Preparation time: 20 mins

Serves: 4

  • 150g granulated sugar
  • icecream, scooped into small balls
  • Christmas pudding heated and scooped into small balls
  • raspberries or a mix of your favourite soft fruits

1 Lightly grease the outside of four small bowls. Cover your work area with lots of greaseproof paper, as this can get a little messy. Place the greased bowls upside down onto this surface, oiled side now facing up.

2 Place half of the sugar into a non stick frying pan and gently heat. As the sugar starts to melt add the remaining sugar. Stir until a golden syrup consistency is formed. This should take about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. The syrup will thicken as it cools.

3 Using a spoon quickly drizzle the sticky sugar solution over each bowl to form a nest. It's important to do this as an up and down and circular motion so the nest will mesh together. Try to make a lattice on the bowls to get a good mesh.

4 Leave for a couple of minutes to cool then carefully remove the sugar cases from the bowls.

5 Place the nests onto serving dishes and fill with balls of Christmas pudding and balls of icecream and raspberries.

6 Serve and eat immediately - they will melt quickly.


The Skinny

Calories 225
Fat 4.4g
Carbs 46.9g
Protein 2.46g

© Copyright The Vegetarian Society 2011 Many thanks to The Vegetarian Society for supplying this image and recipe.


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Vegan ice-cream tends to be made with soya and lots of sugar - although there are some made with coconut that are slightly less tooth curlingly sweet. Why on earth would the vegetarian society recommend eating soya over organic milk, which is full of nutrients?

I recommend making your own ice-cream with organic milk & cream, organic eggs, real vanilla and muscovado sugar or raw honey. Delicious!


Posted: 18/12/2013 at 08:53

Do you realise that vegan and vegetarian are not the same thing?  

That vegans won't eat anything with milk, cream or eggs in, even organic types?


Posted: 18/12/2013 at 10:00

I'm just glad I'm neither 


Posted: 18/12/2013 at 14:11

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