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Black cherry and amaretto pavlova

Extra special Christmas desserts

Making your own Christmas dessert is a great chance to show off a little. People may be a little full from the dinner but once they take a look at your amazing creation, they won't be able to resist a bite.

 

 

What to make for Christmas dessert

 


Classic

A Christmas pudding is the obvious choice for Christmas dessert. They do take a bit of effort to make so it's best to make sure that people are actually going to eat it before you begin. If not, another classic is a chocolate log. You could also make both - one for the traditionalists and one for the chocolate lovers.


Easy

No-bake cheesecakes are easy to make in advance and an be served straight from the fridge. You could give it a Christmas spin by topping with cranberries and a brandy cream. Another, relatively easy, option is a trifle. Layer up some of your favourite ingredients a few days before then simply produce from the fridge once everyone's ready for a sweet.

 

Impressive

If you really want to shine you could go all out with an impressive dessert. A homemade tart will always go down well (you could cheat and buy the pastry ready made to cut corners a little). A pavlova is a another dish that has the wow factor. Leave the meringue cooking on a low heat through dinner then top with an impressive array of seasonal fruits.



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    Serves: 10-12

    Total time: 1 hr

    plus cooling and chilling
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    Serves: 8

    Total time: 1 hr

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    Serves: 8

    Total time: 20 mins

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    Total time: 1 hr

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    Serves: 8

    Total time: 30 mins

    plus freezing
  • Chocolate ice cream bombe is the ultimate wow-factor pudding - it looks so impressive, but you only need to put…

    Serves: 6

    Total time: 30 mins

    plus freezing and setting
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    Serves: 10

    Total time: 8 hrs 45 mins

    (includes steaming and reheating)
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    Serves: 8

    Total time: 2 hrs

    plus cooling
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    Serves: 6

    Total time: 1 hr

    plus chilling
  • Bring a taste of sunshine to the dark winter evenings with this fruity tropical cheesecake. This bright and…

    Serves: 8

    Total time: 30 mins

    plus chilling and setting
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    Serves: 12

    Total time: 1 hr 10 mins

    plus cooling
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    Serves: 8

    Total time: 1 hr 35 mins

  • Meringue roulade with fig and pistachio filling is one seriously sophisticated dessert. Light as air and not…

    Serves: 8

    Total time: 55 mins

  • Chocolate orange trifle has a brioche base, homemade custard and zesty clementine flavours running throughout.…

    Serves: 10

    Total time: 25 mins

    plus chilling
  • White chocolate and raspberry gateau is made from a light and airy sponge layered with a fruit and cream…

    Serves: 12

    Total time: 45 mins

  • Chocolate and chestnut meringues have a crisp meringue shell filled with chestnut cream and a hint of Baileys

    Serves: 6

    Total time: 2 hrs 25 mins

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    Serves: 6

    Total time: 5 hrs 30 mins

    plus soaking
  • No bake chocolate star tarts that are part tart, part cheesecake, with a crumbly digestive biscuit crust topped…

    Serves: 6

    Total time: 40 mins

    plus chilling
  • Snowy yule log made with chocolate cream rolled in a soft sponge covered with a cheat's marshmallow frosting

    Serves: 8-10

    Total time: 45 mins

    plus cooling
  • Chocolate cake with tiramisu cream has a chocolatey wheat-free sponge and amaretto and coffee-infused mascarpone filling

    Serves: 10-12

    Total time: 1 hr

    plus cooling and chilling
  • Fruit and nut strudel is a parcel full of luxury, made from crispy filo pastry packed with fruit, nuts and…

    Serves: 8

    Total time: 1 hr

  • Chocolate toffee parfait has layers of homemade ice cream, caramel sauce and sticky fudge topped with warm…

    Serves: 8

    Total time: 30 mins

    plus freezing
  • Chocolate ice cream bombe is the ultimate wow-factor pudding - it looks so impressive, but you only need to put…

    Serves: 6

    Total time: 30 mins

    plus freezing and setting
  • Blown your festive budget on turkey and trimmings? You can still have a delicious dessert on the big day with…

    Serves: 10

    Total time: 8 hrs 45 mins

    (includes steaming and reheating)

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