As many bakers will have experienced, the Christmas pudding is a real labour of love with most being traditional family recipes handed down through generations and soaked in alcohol for up to a month in advance. Known for its dark, dense texture and distinct aromas it will definitely split opinion as most either love it or hate it.
With Christmas two weeks away, the team at BAKO NW thought that we’d provide some alternatives to the traditional Christmas pudding dessert for those who are looking for something different this year.
Salted caramel yule log
Salted caramel has become an extremely popular flavour trend this year, and we don’t think your customers will be able to resist a slice of festive salted caramel yule log!
Add a thin layer of salted caramel to your sponge before generously spreading on your filling. Simply swap your usual filling for a salted caramel flavoured meringue buttercream for a light yet indulgent twist on the classic.
Chocolate orange pudding
With the addition of orange zest, ground almonds and dried cranberries, this chocolate pudding is a great alternative to the traditional Christmas pudding. If your guests have a really sweet tooth, try coating your pudding in a sweet chocolate ganache or for your older customers, leave naked and douse in brandy or rum and flame, creating a sensational centrepiece for any table.
Serve hot with a warm brandy infused cream for ultimate indulgence.
Irish crème pot de crème
Irish crème becomes particularly popular during the festivities and it needn’t only be enjoyed as a drink. Try putting an Irish twist on the French classic pot de crème by adding a glug of Irish crème to the egg yolk, cream and milk custard mix. Layer with a chocolate and vanilla crème in a dessert shot glass to create the perfect sized dessert to enjoy after a large Christmas dinner.
Baked mince pie cheesecake
Cheesecake is always a highly favoured dessert choice and what better way to add it to your Christmas menu than combining it with classic mince pie flavours? Mixing this creamy dessert with festive fruits and spices is sure to tempt your customers away from traditional puddings but without straying too far away from the festivities. Served with cream or ice cream, this could definitely become an annual favourite.
If you’re adding any Christmas pudding alternatives to your menu then we’d love to hear from you on Twitter.