Keep spirits high this season by always having festive sweets on hand. Philippa Davis' chocolate and Christmas pudding fridge cake is a great way to use the leftovers


Don’t forget about the pud when the time comes to use up the Christmas leftovers. You may be planning turkey sandwiches and curries – but the Christmas pud can be put to excellent use too. Philippa Davis’ chocolate and Christmas pudding fridge cake will even convert the figgy pudding nay-sayers. Finish with festive sprinkles if you aren’t feeling too bah humbug.

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Even the non Christmas pudding fans love this treat.

  • 150g milk chocolate
  • 150g dark chocolate
  • 100g butter
  • 1 tbsp golden syrup
  • 400g crumbled Christmas pudding
  • 200g roughly crumbled biscuits – this can be a leftover mix of cookies, digestives, ginger nuts, and so on
  • 1 tbsp festive sprinkles (optional)

Line a 20cm x 30cm tin with baking parchment.

In a bain-marie, melt together the chocolate, butter and syrup.

Once melted, whisk together then take off the heat.

Stir in the Christmas pudding and biscuits, and press into the tin. Cover with cling film and chill for two hours then cut into squares. If you are not feeling too bah humbug, decorate with some festive sprinkles.