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15 soul-warming desserts to sink your spoon into this winter

When it comes to the end of a cold winter's night, there's nothing better than an irresistibly comforting dessert to warm you up. From self-saucing pudding to baked apples, these are our best recipes for fighting the winter blues.

By Harriet Keown
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    Rum chocolate self-saucing pudding

    This classic pud gets a deliciously decadent twist with rum-soaked prunes. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream for a dessert that is choc-full of satisfaction.

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Vanilla custard and burnt-toffee tart

    This crème brûlée-inspired tart is the ultimate in sweet decadence, with its crunchy burnt-toffee topping and oozy vanilla custard filling. Serve chilled or just-caramelised for a satisfying crack and silky inner.


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    Sticky date pudding with butterscotch sauce

    Nadia Lim's sticky date pudding is so irresistible it will have you licking the bowl! The dates create such a gorgeous texture and sweetness, and that butterscotch sauce is just pure heaven.


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    Orange and lime delicious pudding

    It’s a classic for a reason, but I love this version that’s crammed full of orange and lime instead of lemon. All it takes is one bite, and you’ll never look back! Whip it up for a gorgeous citrus-spiked dessert.

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Old-fashioned golden syrup roly poly pudding

    A favourite for school dinners in the UK, the traditional roly poly one of Nici Wickes' most-loved pudding recipes simply because it’s delicious! Fill with golden syrup or jam and serve with ice cream

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Chocolate espresso pudding with whisky caramel sauce

    This is Nici's version of the old chocolate self-saucing pudding. It’s so delicious and we have to say a wonderful adult dessert, though you could leave the whisky out and kids would love it too!

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Sticky banana and hazelnut croissant pudding

    The danger with Nici Wickes' croissant pudding recipe is it’s just too easy to make! Banana, hazelnuts and dark chocolate come together to to create an indulgent dessert that's simply irresistible

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Rhubarb and apple lattice tart

    As far as quintessential comfort food goes, there’s nothing more satisfying than a freshly baked slice of Nadia's rhubarb and apple lattice tart served warm with custard, ice cream or cream.


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    Oat and plum tea cake

    Canned plums bring back memories of warmer days in this tea cake, which also includes oats and almonds to make a light and tasty dessert. Don’t be surprised at how quickly it disappears!

    Woman's Day (NZ edition)|

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    Chocolate and caramel self-saucing puddings

    These decadent self-saucing puddings are complete with an oozy melted chocolate centre. Serve drizzled with a rich caramel sauce and a dollop of vanilla ice-cream for the ultimate weekend dessert.

    Australian Women's Weekly|

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    Jaffa self-saucing pudding

    This indulgent jaffa self-saucing pudding is the answer to your winter comfort food needs. Dust with icing sugar and serve with cream or ice cream for the perfect dessert.


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    Walnut, whiskey and salted caramel pie

    This pie is given a lively hint of spice from the addition of rye whiskey, which pairs magically with walnuts and salted caramel. Complete with a homemade sweet pastry base, this recipe is all you need for a winter dessert.

    New Zealand Taste|

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    Cinnamon and fig baked apples with mandarin maple sauce

    Sink your spoon into these glorious baked apples, which are stuffed with hazelnuts, figs and prunes for your taste buds' delight. Serve with our ricotta cream and mandarin maple sauce for a warming dessert that is too good to pass up.

    New Zealand Taste|

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    Spiced pumpkin pie with maple crème

    Mum just loves a pumpkin pie and she’s always experimenting with them. This is her best yet! Served cool with silky maple crème, this luscious pie is everything you could desire in a winter dessert.

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Chocolate toffee molten puddings with salted caramel sauce

    It would be hard to find a more heavenly dessert than these chocolate toffee molten puddings, especially when drizzled with our salted caramel sauce. Serve warm from the oven so the liquid filling oozes out when you tuck in!