An easy to prepare favourite of friends and family. It can be frozen several weeks before required. Original recipe from Family Circle magazine Nov 1984.


  • 125g blanched almonds, toasted & finely chopped (omit if allergic)

  • 125g whole glace` cherries (may be halved)

  • 1/3 cup chopped mixed peel

  • 1/3 cup EACH raisins, sultanas and currants (or 1 cup of mixed dried fruits)

  • 1/2 cup rum, sweet sherry or brandy

  • 1 tspn mixed spice

  • 1 tspn ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg

  • 90g cooking chocolate, cut up

  • 1 1/2 ltr vanilla ice cream, slightly softened

  • holly leaves, extra chopped nuts and glace` cherries for decoration


  • 1.

    Combine almonds, cherries, peel, dried fruit, rum and spices in a bowl . Mix lightly, cover and marinate overnight.

  • 2.

    Melt chocolate in preferred manner and quickly stir in marinated mixture, before the chocolate sets. Chill.

  • 3.

    Line an 8 cup pudding basin with heavy duty foil, pressing out any wrinkles.

  • 4.

    Stir fruit mixture into ice cream ( you will need a large bowl for this step): mix well.

  • 5.

    Spoon into prepared basin. Cover and freeze until firm, preferably overnight.

  • 6.

    To serve, unmould onto a chilled serving plate, remove the foil. Decorate with holly leaves nuts and cherries for a festive look.

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Posted by NickReport
Looks great Susan - I'm going to give this recipe a go for the family gathering.