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Christmas Pudding Trifle


Turn your uneaten pudding into a delicious trifle with whiskey-spiked whipped cream. We used the English Christmas pudding from Thursday Cottage as the base for this trifle. You can find it at, or simply use the one your great-aunt sent you. Whole candied orange slices—also available at—make a pretty garnish.

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  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 8 clementines or 5 blood oranges, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 1/4 cup whiskey or orange liqueur
  • 1 cup mascarpone
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 pound Christmas pudding, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • Candied orange slices, for garnish
  • Dark chocolate shavings, for garnish


Servings 6
Preparation time 15mins
Cooking time 25mins
Adapted from


Step 1


Bring milk and cream to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir in vanilla.

Use an electric mixer to beat yolks and sugar until pale. Beat in cornstarch. With motor running, pour in milk-cream mixture and process until incorporated.

Transfer mixture to a larger saucepan over medium-low heat and cook, whisking, until custard thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon. Do not boil. Set custard aside to cool to room temperature.

Macerate clementines:

In a bowl, pour 2 tablespoons whiskey over clementines. Let sit 10 to 20 minutes.

Custard mascarpone mixture:

Whisk cooled custard with mascarpone until smooth. Set aside.

Whipped cream:

In a separate bowl, use an electric mixer to beat cream until soft peaks form. Add confectioners’ sugar and beat a few moments more. Add remaining whiskey and continue beating until cream is billowy.


Lay a layer of clementines on bottom of a trifle dish or bowl. Add a single layer of Christmas pudding, taking care not to overlap slices. Add a layer of mascarpone-custard, then a layer of whipped cream. Repeat until you’ve used up the components. Cover trifle with a generous coat of whipped cream and top with candied orange slices and chocolate shavings, if using.

Serve immediately.

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