Festive desserts

Don't like Christmas pudding? Try these alternatives for festive dessert recipes.

Festive desserts

We know not everyone likes the traditional Christmas pudding. So, in the spirit of giving (and eating) here are some of our favourite dessert recipes for Christmas.

Starry Christmas cranberry jellies

Starry Christmas cranberry jellies

Jelly and cranberry are combined in this unusual Christmas dessert.

Stem ginger Christmas tree biscuits

Stem ginger Christmas tree biscuits

These ginger biscuits are perfect for decorating the Christmas tree or giving as Christmas gifts.

Macaroons

Macaroons

These macaroons make a great gift and a sophisticated dessert for a dinner party.

Creamy cassata cheesecake

Creamy cassata cheesecake

This creamy cheesecake is packed with nuggets of candied fruit and nuts - perfect for Christmas. Get ahead and make it in advance.

Meringue swans with orange custard

Meringue swans with orange custard

This Christmas recipe is a beautiful interpretation of îles flottantes and a real show-off dessert.

Mince pie rings

Mince pie rings

Take the best quality mincemeat, encase it in rings of flaky puff pastry, then drizzle with icing.

Sticky clementine steamed puddings

Sticky clementine steamed puddings

Don't fancy Christmas pudding? This is the perfect solution to a light Christmas dessert.

Chocolate chestnut roulade

Chocolate chestnut roulade

Chocolate chestnut roulade is rich, chocolatey and impressive as a Christmas centrepiece.

Gingerbread and eggnog custard trifle

Gingerbread and eggnog custard trifle

Eggnog, gingerbread and trifle all in one dessert - what a great festive treat!

Black velvet and cream jelly

Black velvet and cream jelly

Impress your dinner guests with this simple, grown-up jelly recipe.

Apple strudel

Apple strudel

Try this delicious spiced apple strudel recipe – a lovely dessert with almonds, sultanas, cinnamon and raspberry conserve.

Passion fruit and orange curd pavlova

Passion fruit and orange curd pavlova

An exotic twist on a modern classic, this passion fruit and orange curd pavlova is the perfect ending to any feast.

Chocolate yule log

Chocolate yule log

This amazing centrepiece of Christmas is a lot easier to make than it looks and it tastes divine – a winning combination.

Salted caramel Yule log

Salted caramel Yule log

Don’t like Christmas pud? This modern twist on the Yule log is a great alternative dessert. The salted caramel and chocolate are a perfect match.

Classic trifle

Classic trifle

This old-style trifle recipe is so easy to make a day ahead, and it tastes amazing.

Salted caramel and chocolate profiteroles

Salted caramel and chocolate profiteroles

This profiterole recipe really is something special, thanks to the added element of salted caramel, and it's easier than it looks.

Bread and butter pudding

Bread and butter pudding

One of Britain’s most-loved recipes, bread and butter pudding dates back to the early 1700s. It tastes indulgent but is actually a canny way to use up stale bread.

Poached pears with Earl Grey ganache and spiced jellies

Poached pears with Earl Grey ganache and spiced jellies

This dessert is perfect as a Christmas pudding alternative, combining rich chocolate and cream with fresh pear and fragrant Earl Grey


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Last minute recipes

Last minute recipes

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Make your own table decorations

Make your own table decorations

Make your own table decorations by following these simple templates in this unique design from delicious.

 

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