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    • kippers
    • By kippers 12th Dec 18, 5:09 PM
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    Luxury pudding on the cheap...
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    Luxury pudding on the cheap... 12th Dec 18 at 5:09 PM
    Im going to a xmas party with friends and i have promised to take a pudding. In the past ive made a trifle, a chocolate log and a cheese cake and i want to make something different this year.

    Can anyone think of a cheap, easy pudding that looks really good and tastes divine?


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    • Islandmaid
    • By Islandmaid 12th Dec 18, 6:16 PM
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    What about Pavlova? If you use the egg yolks to make lemon curd to top it with instead of fruit including a pot of cream would cost £3-4 depending where you shop - I use Aldi
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    • bouicca21
    • By bouicca21 12th Dec 18, 6:31 PM
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    Eton mess; chocolate mousse; profiteroles; Charlotte russe.

    Or something more solid? Sticky toffee pudding.
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 12th Dec 18, 6:55 PM
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    Nowt more thrifty than crumble

    Not v festive though.
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    • By caronc 12th Dec 18, 7:09 PM
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    Strudel made with mincemeat and apple wrapped in filo either a big one or individual squares is relatively cheap and easy to do. Or an apple and cranberry wreath made with ready rolled puff pastry. Served with cream or custard or ice cream whichever is easiest on the night.

    If you fancy a festive pavlova Mary Berry's festive wreath looks and tastes great https://www.bbc.com/food/recipes/christmas_pavlova_20589 , if you want to keep the costs down make custard using the egg yolks instead of the cream.

    • LaineyT
    • By LaineyT 12th Dec 18, 7:26 PM
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    Hereís an easy least one made with just three ingredients, a tin of berries in fruit juice (raspberries are best but strawberries or black currants will do at a push but must be in juice not syrup) a bag of pink & white marshmallows and a carton of whipping cream
    Cut the marshmallows into quarters, stir in the berries & juice and leave in the fridge overnight to soak. Next morning whip your cream and stir it into the fruity marshmallows and put back into the fridge for a few hours. Itís like a fruity mousse and never fails to please.
    • kippers
    • By kippers 12th Dec 18, 7:44 PM
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    Hereís an easy least one made with just three ingredients, a tin of berries in fruit juice (raspberries are best but strawberries or black currants will do at a push but must be in juice not syrup) a bag of pink & white marshmallows and a carton of whipping cream
    Cut the marshmallows into quarters, stir in the berries & juice and leave in the fridge overnight to soak. Next morning whip your cream and stir it into the fruity marshmallows and put back into the fridge for a few hours. Itís like a fruity mousse and never fails to please.
    Originally posted by LaineyT
    That sounds lovely....how big is the packet of marshmellows and how big is the carton of whipping cream?
    • Nargleblast
    • By Nargleblast 12th Dec 18, 7:48 PM
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    Lainey, you genius! Could you use frozen raspberries instead of tinned?
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    • By LaineyT 12th Dec 18, 7:53 PM
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    That sounds lovely....how big is the packet of marshmellows and how big is the carton of whipping cream?
    Originally posted by kippers
    I use a 225g bag of marshmallows with a 300ml carton of cream.
    • LaineyT
    • By LaineyT 12th Dec 18, 7:54 PM
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    Lainey, you genius! Could you use frozen raspberries instead of tinned?
    Originally posted by Nargleblast
    Hmm, not sure Nargle as itís acid in the juice that breaks the sweets down iyswim. It was my DMís recipe and was called pink surprise
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 12th Dec 18, 8:24 PM
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    Hmm, not sure Nargle as itís acid in the juice that breaks the sweets down iyswim. It was my DMís recipe and was called pink surprise
    Originally posted by LaineyT
    Frozen raspberries have plenty of acid in them, but the decomposition could take a little longer.

    OP - be aware that this is not a recipe suitable for veggies.
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    • By Brambling 12th Dec 18, 8:25 PM
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    This meringue roulade is an easy recipe I use Greek yoghurt rather than cream which people prefer and add raspberries

    http://foodiesfestival.com/blog/recipes/lemon-meringue-roulade-by-c4s-sunday-brunch-host-simon-rimmer/

    The carnation milk website has some good cheesecake desserts the key lime pieis particularly good
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    • By sooty&sweep 12th Dec 18, 9:31 PM
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    A favourite from me is Tiramisu

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    • By Kim kim 12th Dec 18, 9:53 PM
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    Hereís an easy least one made with just three ingredients, a tin of berries in fruit juice (raspberries are best but strawberries or black currants will do at a push but must be in juice not syrup) a bag of pink & white marshmallows and a carton of whipping cream
    Cut the marshmallows into quarters, stir in the berries & juice and leave in the fridge overnight to soak. Next morning whip your cream and stir it into the fruity marshmallows and put back into the fridge for a few hours. Itís like a fruity mousse and never fails to please.
    Originally posted by LaineyT
    Does it come out like a berry moouse?
    • timehastoldme
    • By timehastoldme 13th Dec 18, 7:26 AM
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    Like the berry mousse recipe

    One I learned a while ago is pear and ginger trifle, this is Jamaican ginger cake (cheapest in home bargains) sliced into the bottom of a dish, topped with sliced tinned pears (without adding juice), then finished with a layer of custard and a layer of whipped cream, topped with toasted almonds if I'm feeling posh, or a crumbled flake if not.

    And I've just read you wanted something different from trifle, sorry OP!
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    • kippers
    • By kippers 13th Dec 18, 7:59 AM
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    Thank you for all your yummy replies, im still not sure though i love the marshmello idea.
    • JingsMyBucket
    • By JingsMyBucket 13th Dec 18, 9:14 AM
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    Frozen raspberries have plenty of acid in them, but the decomposition could take a little longer.

    OP - be aware that this is not a recipe suitable for veggies.
    Originally posted by VfM4meplse
    There are vegetarian marshmallows nowadays so that could be easily subbed if the OP needs it.
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    • By Out, Vile Jelly 13th Dec 18, 9:19 AM
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    Like the berry mousse recipe

    One I learned a while ago is pear and ginger trifle, this is Jamaican ginger cake (cheapest in home bargains) sliced into the bottom of a dish, topped with sliced tinned pears (without adding juice), then finished with a layer of custard and a layer of whipped cream, topped with toasted almonds if I'm feeling posh, or a crumbled flake if not.

    And I've just read you wanted something different from trifle, sorry OP!
    Originally posted by timehastoldme

    I am definitely going to try this.


    I've also been served a chocolate orange trifle (suitable for vegetarians); there are lots of interesting variations.


    Another easy option is key lime pie; I do one with a digestive biscuit base (easy to use gluten-free here) and then lime juice & zest mixed with condensed milk. This is less heavy/rich than a lot of puddings.
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    • By scottishminnie 13th Dec 18, 10:17 AM
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    https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1897659/chocolate-orange-cheesecake

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    • bouicca21
    • By bouicca21 13th Dec 18, 10:39 AM
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    Would that marshmallow mousse thing keep if not all eaten at once? Thinking that the whipped cream might revert to liquid ...
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