If you are not insistent on sticking to tradition you can make this, which is not a Christmas pudding at all (it is crunchy and cold instead of soft and hot) but it looks perfect as an alternative on Christmas Day. It also has the advantage of being extremely quick to make and is much more popular than Christmas pudding with most children, and several adults too. It is expensive on chocolate but rich and filling and goes a long way.
To make the icing, gently melt the chocolate with the water and stir until smooth, add the butter and stir until melted in. Cool very slightly and then ice the pudding all over with the chocolate. When cold, sprinkle
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