Once the belt-busting Christmas dinner is over, making room for festive dessert is sometimes a feat too far. We’ve picked our favourite leftover recipes for any cake, stollen, panettone and pudding that doesn’t get eaten on the day.
In line with the theme of festive feasting, Christmas desserts aren’t exactly light on the stomach. On a day that’s about grabbing everything edible and devouring it, the prospect of the mincemeat-laden final furlong is enough to make you throw in the towel. As a result, a lot of households will have leftover sweets for days to come. Christmas pudding and cake can sometimes keep for several months, provided they’re sealed and stored somewhere cool. Other items, like sweet breads, have a much shorter shelf life, so we have some recipes you may find helpful.
How to use... leftover Christmas pudding
Rework your leftover pudding into a citrus mousse and set in the freezer in the traditional basin shape. This one is great for New Year’s Eve as it’s laced with orange liqueur, but it keeps for up to a month.
Throw some sheets of filo pastry into your Christmas shopping trolley, then use for a Boxing Day banquet centre piece. This log is best served warm from the oven with brandy butter, festive ice cream or hot custard.
Christmas pudding freezes well, and can be turned into an ice cream as easily as stirring some pieces into a pot of fresh custard, either homemade or shop-bought. This version has a hint of almondy Amaretto and is best served with hot toffee sauce.
Not one for the faint-hearted, this pudding combines leftover chunks of Christmas pudding with Jamaican ginger cake and stem ginger. Combine with a hot caramel sauce and we’re talking some extra special pudding action.
Put this special Christmas bread to good use in a traditional baked pudding. This recipe also uses up leftover amaretti biscuits for the topping, leaving regular bread & butter pudding with a serious image problem.
Once this fruity Italian Christmas bread is taken out of its decorative box, it goes stale quite quickly. Save it from the dustbin and smother in double cream and vanilla. If that’s not decadent enough for you, add some softly whipped cream.
Marzipan is a dry storecupboard ingredient that’ll last for much longer than breads and cakes, but if you have a little left and want to save the cupboard space, use in these puff pastry Lancashire bakes to give them an added dimension.
This recipe also uses up those last few spoonfuls of mincemeat. Using only four ingredients, this fruity baked dessert is best served with lots of custard.
Leftover Christmas cake
Since it’s packed with lots of fruit, nuts and booze, Christmas cake can keep for months on end. However, if you don’t want yours lingering on until summer, use it up in this meringue dessert. The combination of hot topping and cold ice cream is a treat for the senses.
Make your own...
We have lots recipes for the desserts themselves:
Is there always leftover dessert in your household at Christmas, and if so how do you ensure it doesn’t go to waste? Share your ideas with us below…