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.