Easy Christmas Plum Pudding
Time required: 30 mins, plus refrigeration time.
4 cups milk
1/4 cup cocoa
375g Nestle Melts milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 3/4 cups mixed dried fruit
1 cup pitted dates, roughly chopped
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons gelatine, dissolved in 1/3 cup boiling water
1 cup thickened cream, whipped
cream or ice-cream to serve.
1. Lightly grease a 24 cm fluted ring pan with olive oil. Combine the milk, cocoa and chocolate in a saucepan. Bring to the boil and add the vanilla, dried fruit, dates and sugar. Simmer for 5 min; then set aside to cool.
2. Stir through the gelatine mixture until combined. Gently fold through the whipped cream. Pour into the greased pan and chill until set (overnight is best, if possible). Carefully turn the pudding out onto a serving plate and fill the centre with berries.
Serve with cream or ice-cream.