Make-ahead dessert recipes

You can make these dessert recipes in advance, then add the finishing touches to serve them on the day – perfect to take some stress out of throwing a dinner party.

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Rum and pineapple Christmas pudding

Christmas pudding recipes

Rum and pineapple Christmas pudding

An irresistible and boozy Christmas pudding. You can make this pudding up to three months...

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Summer pudding arctic roll

Make-ahead summer dessert recipes

Summer pudding arctic roll

A gorgeous blueberry sponge is filled with mixed berries and ice cream before rolling and...

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Yuzu daiquiri cheesecakes

Cheesecake recipes

Yuzu daiquiri cheesecakes

A perfect finish to any meal, these zingy yuzu daiquiri cheesecake pots with salted lime...

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Gâteau breton

Make-ahead dessert recipes

Gâteau breton

Edd Kimber‘s gâteau breton is synonymous with the area it hails from, Brittany. It’s a...

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Torta caprese

Italian dessert recipes

Torta caprese

Chef Francesco Mazzei shares his traditional Italian dessert, torta caprese, that’s perfect for a celebration...

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Pineapple fritters with salted caramel sauce

Make-ahead dessert recipes

Pineapple fritters with salted caramel sauce

These crisp, creamy pineapple fritters are a surefire dessert winner. Sweet pineapple and thick clotted...

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Chocolate, orange and frangipane tart

Sweet tart recipes

Chocolate, orange and frangipane tart

For cake-maker and owner of Pudding Fairy Laure Moyle, it was her father’s sweet tooth...

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Rhubarb jelly and Bird’s custard ice cream

Ice cream recipes

Rhubarb jelly and Bird’s custard ice cream

Georgina Hayden has combined the nostalgic flavours of rhubarb and custard in a clever dessert...

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Crème brûlée bakewell tart

Make-ahead dessert recipes

Crème brûlée bakewell tart

A hybrid dessert combining the best of a decadent French crème brûlée and a traditional...

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Pistachio and rose ice cream cake

Make-ahead dessert recipes

Pistachio and rose ice cream cake

A magnificent serve-from-the-freezer dessert that you can make ahead of your dinner party. All you...

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Mini cosmopolitan cheesecakes

Cheesecake recipes

Mini cosmopolitan cheesecakes

Everyone knows, and loves, a classic Cosmopolitan cocktail made with cranberry juice, vodka and orange...

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Dark and stormy crème brûlée

Make-ahead dessert recipes

Dark and stormy crème brûlée

Rum, ginger and lime have been borrowed from a classic dark and stormy cocktail and...

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Gin and lime 
custard tart

Sweet tart recipes

Gin and lime 
custard tart

We’ve taken the flavours of a gimlet cocktail – gin and lime – and magicked...

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Caipirinha sorbet

Frozen dessert recipes

Caipirinha sorbet

Bring on the wow factor and add a touch of glamour to your dinner party...

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Rice pudding with honey soaked fruit and pistachios

Rice pudding recipes

Rice pudding with honey soaked fruit and pistachios

Rice pudding is a traditional Middle Eastern dessert. This recipe is made with coffee making...

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Key lime pie

Make-ahead dessert recipes

Key lime pie

This American classic is the perfect combination of zesty and refreshing yet fabulously creamy. We’ve...

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Saffron and orange blossom crème caramels with cardamom and orange rhubarb

Make-ahead dessert recipes

Saffron and orange blossom crème caramels with cardamom...

”That edge of dark, bitter caramel against the sweet, creamy custard makes for the most...

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No-churn blackcurrant ripple ice cream sandwiches

Make-ahead summer dessert recipes

No-churn blackcurrant ripple ice cream sandwiches

A great make-ahead dinner party dessert for the summer but without the faff of an...

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Mint chocolate ice cream parfait bombes

Frozen dessert recipes

Mint chocolate ice cream parfait bombes

Create a showstopper dessert for your next dinner party with these impressive ice cream bombes;...

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Chilled lemon soufflé

Make-ahead dessert recipes

Chilled lemon soufflé

This make-ahead lemon soufflé recipe is easier than it looks but you don’t have to...

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Toffee ice-cream cake

Make-ahead dessert recipes

Toffee ice-cream cake

Looking for a quick, easy and attractive pudding recipe? Take a tub of ice cream...

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Easy flourless chocolate cake

Make-ahead dessert recipes

Easy flourless chocolate cake

A crisp outside and gloriously fudgy centre make this easy flourless (gluten-free) cake the best...

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Chocolate and caramel sponge pudding with chocolate custard

Make-ahead dessert recipes

Chocolate and caramel sponge pudding with chocolate custard

This pudding has everything: chocolate, custard, caramel… and it’s quick to put together. Dig into...

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Sticky ginger and almond cake

Classic cake recipes

Sticky ginger and almond cake

Gill Meller’s sweet, spiced ginger cake is made with honey, molasses and almonds and tastes...

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