Yes, real custard is nice... but there’s nothing like a nice bit of ready-made custard with your Christmas pudding. You’ll need 30 spoons for this recipe.
Whip the double cream and caster sugar together until stiff.
Lay out all your spoons on serving plates and put a blob of custard on each one – not too much or they will overflow when you add the pudding. Take a teaspoon, scoop out lumps of the hot Christmas pudding and drop them onto the custard. Top with a dollop of the whipped cream.
Scatter with the almonds and grated orange zest and serve while warm.