How to Find Alternatives to the Christmas Pudding

Ubiquitous and inevitable, the Christmas pudding makes its way to the table every year, filled with tons of dried fruit and held together with a glue of flour. It's not to everyone's taste and things just get worse when the brandy butter gets slathered all over it.

Instead of doing the traditional thing, why not bring a new twist to Christmas dessert with something a lot less dense and rich and a lot more modern? Here are some suggestions.


  1. Image titled Find Alternatives to the Christmas Pudding Step 1
    Go kiwi or Aussie. Try pavlova. Pavlovas are a work of art when they're made well and decorated with all the delicious fruits you've got in season. For those lucky enough to experience Christmas in the southern hemisphere, berries, stone fruit and kiwifruit are the go for pavlova toppings. For those in the northern hemisphere, apples, bananas and imported or canned fruits work well. See How to make pavlova.
  2. Image titled Find Alternatives to the Christmas Pudding Step 2
    Go Italian. There are some wonderful Italian alternatives to the Christmas pudding, such as cassata or panforte. Some choices include:
    • Panforte.
    • Tiramisu, individual tiramisu pots, green tea tiramisu, oreo cookie tiramisu and vegan tiramisu.
    • Berry and cream panettone.
  3. Image titled Find Alternatives to the Christmas Pudding Step 3
    Go French. French cuisine has some tasty choices available that are delicious, such as bûche de Noël or yule log. Or, try a Christmas themed croquembouche. A sweet ice cream based terrine with a few candied fruits can also be a delicious choice. Some choices include:
  4. Image titled Find Alternatives to the Christmas Pudding Step 4
    Go British. Apart from the Christmas cake, some other British traditional foods can prove lighter fare at Christmas time, such as:
    • Chocolate trifle, sherry trifle, peach trifle, double chocolate mocha trifle, brownie trifle and simple trifle.
    • English custard, vanilla custard and strawberry custard.
    • sticky toffee pudding.
  5. Image titled Find Alternatives to the Christmas Pudding Step 5
    Go Swiss. Make some delicious sweet fondues or melted chocolate fondue for dipping fruit pieces into. Complete with a chocolate fountain, this could be a rather exciting Christmas dessert choice! Some choices include:
  6. Image titled Find Alternatives to the Christmas Pudding Step 6
    Choose fruit for Christmas dessert. After a heavy meal, fruit is an excellent way to finish the meal. It's light, easy-to-digest and tasty. Here are some suggestions:
    • Fruit salad.
    • Poached pears, poached pears in wine and poached pears and chocolate sauce; stone fruits such as nectarines, plums and peaches are also delicious poached, as are citrus fruits such as tangerines or oranges.
    • Fruit kebabs––great for southern hemisphere Christmas barbecues.


  • Some other dessert ideas include parfaits, rouladen, sorbets, ice cream cake, chocolate pudding with richer additions than usual, stacked macaroons, cheesecake, chocolate or other flavoured mousse and flans or sweet pies.
  • For some people, Christmas isn't the same without the pudding. For such people, request that they provide their own pudding or buy a smaller ready-made version to heat up just for them. It's still nice to be able to set the pudding on fire for everyone to see but to offer a variety of desserts for sharing around.

Article Info

Categories: Christmas Cooking