I love this chilled pudding because its easy to make, looks like a snow-white Christmas pudding and tastes very good indeed. You could have it, decorated with holly, as an alternative to Christmas pudding or as a dessert at another meal. Unlike Christmas pudding, there’s no question that the children might not like it - I find it universally popular.
Beat the cream cheese with the sugar and the melted butter until smooth and creamy. Stir in the chopped nuts, candied peel, chopped ginger and cherries and the grated rind of the oranges and lemon. Slice the sponges crossways into 3 thin slices each.
Dissolve the gelatine in
Put in the fridge to set. When well chilled, dip the basin briefly in hot water and turn out on to a serving plate. Whisk the cream until thick and ice the pudding with it. Decorate the top with
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