Rum & raisin chocolate ice cream pudding

Ingredients:

100g/4oz raisins
150g/5oz dark rum
400g/14oz panettone or brioche (pre-sliced will be easier)
Two x 500ml/18Floz tubs chocolate ice cream
Single cream to serve (optional)

Method:

1. Soak the raisins in the rum overnight.

2. The following day, a few hours before you wish to serve it, assemble the pudding as follows.

3. Remove the ice cream from the freezer and allow to soften – but not completely melt – for around 30 minutes.  Drain the raisins, reserving the unabsorbed rum.  Take a 3 pint/1.5 litre pudding basin and line with a couple of lengths of cling film, ensuring there is plenty to fold over once the pudding is constructed.

4. Once sufficiently softened, empty the ice cream into a large bowl, add the drained raisins and mix quickly and thoroughly, trying to limit further melting.

5. Line the pudding basin with slices of panettone/brioche, making sure you reserve some for the lid.  Some slices will need cutting up a bit to fill in the gaps.  Sprinkle the bread with the reserved rum, saving a bit for the lid. NB. you can omit this and ditch the reserved rum if you prefer a less boozy pudding.

6. Scoop the ice cream/raisin mix into the lined basin, pressing down a little to ensure there are no gaps.  Fashion a lid out of slices of the remaining bread and sprinkle with the remaining rum.  Wrap the edges of the cling film over the top of the bread lid.  Place a suitably sized side plate over the top and press firmly but gently.

7. Put in the freezer for the ice cream to re-harden (for at least four hours).

8. When ready to serve, remove the basin from the freezer, remove the plate and unwrap the edges of the cling film to reveal the lid.  Place a dinner plate on top and then invert.  Pull off the basin and then peel off the cling film.

9. Cut into wedges and serve with or without a splash of single cream and a glass of mulled wine!

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