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Christmas baking recipes

35 Recipes

Home-baked festive treats, great for the Christmas holidays.

Festive filled brioche centrepiece with baked Camembert

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Great British Bake Off's Kimberley Wilson has created this stunning celebration bread with individually filled buns and a melting cheese middle - made for sharing
1 hour and 50 minutes
Moderately easy

Snowy owl Christmas tree biscuits

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Great British Bake Off 2013 winner Frances Quinn created these edible decorations topped with white and dark chocolate and almond 'feathers'
1 hour and 15 minutes
Easy

Rudolph’s carrot patch cakes

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These chocolate carrot loaf cakes with edible vegetable decoration can be left as a present for Santa's reindeer - or enjoyed all year round
1 hour and 25 minutes
Easy

'Panforte' pies

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The traditional Italian dessert is turned into a pretty hand-held nutty pie with chocolate and figs, plus an orange liqueur cream topping
45 minutes
Easy

Pear, chocolate & marzipan strudel

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Prepare ahead and freeze this rich filo pastry pud, then cook from frozen for the perfect fuss-free seasonal dessert
1 hour and 10 minutes
Easy

Persian pudding with whipped rose & honey butter

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Orange and rose flavours are incorporated into this alternative steamed pudding. Sweet spiced butter makes the perfect accompaniment
5 hours and 10 minutes
Easy

Stollen spirals

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Bake a batch of these sweet German buns over Christmas and enjoy at breakfast or teatime... or both
2 hours and 45 minutes
Moderately easy

Fruitcake with apricot butter icing

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This delicious light fruit sponge is packed with storecupboard staples like nuts and dried fruit, it's also budget-friendly
1 hour and 40 minutes
Easy

Leftover veg & orange cake

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A novel way to use up root vegetables is to bake up a sweet, moist sponge with citrus flavours
1 hour and 10 minutes
Easy

Reindeer cupcakes

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Kids will love making these cute Christmas cupcakes from Planet Cake
45 minutes
Easy

Marzipan Eccles tarts

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This fun spin on the traditional Lancashire fruit cakes uses leftover marzipan to make irresistible individual pies
1 hour and 15 minutes
Easy

Unbelievably easy mince pies

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You can throw the dough around and the mince pies still come out crisp and biscuity in this kid-friendly Christmas recipe
1 hour
Easy

Chocolate fruitcake

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If anyone in your family isn't keen on traditional fruitcake, this might be the compromise you've been looking for
2 hours and 35 minutes
Easy

Little Eccles mince pies

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From freezer to oven, these cheeky Eccles mince pies are perfect mid-afternoon with an equally cheeky glass of mulled wine. It is Christmas after all!
1 hour
Moderately easy
Vegetarian

Sandham family mincemeat

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A real treat. Associate food editor, Barney Desmazery, has had this recipe in his family for 100 years
30 minutes
Easy

Pear & mincemeat crumble cake

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With a hint of spice and little pockets of mincemeat, this is a lovely post-Christmas cake, great with warm custard
2 hours
Easy

Fig & honey Christmas cake

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This traditional Christmas cake is the perfect combination of fruit, nuts and spices
4 hours
Moderately easy

Posh spice cake

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A fruit cake for those who like theirs light, spicy, fruity and moist, with a tart cranberry topping
2 hours
Easy
Vegetarian

Stollen wreath

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BBC Good Food's show-stealing December 08 cover recipe - perfect if you fancy a change from the usual Christmas cake
2 hours and 50 minutes
Moderately easy
Vegetarian

Snow-topped holly cakes

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This square Christmas cake is cut into two loaf-shaped cakes, so you can give one to a friend
2 hours and 30 minutes
Easy

Simmer-&-stir Christmas cake

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An easy-to-make alternative to traditional Christmas cakes which requires no beating
3 hours and 45 minutes
Moderately easy

Stollen wreath cake

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The sweet German fruit and marzipan loaf recipe is adapted into a gorgeous wreath cake with decorative fondant holly icing and almond marzipan
1 hour and 50 minutes
Easy

Enchanted forest Christmas cake

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A stunning cake that uses the 'boiling method' to plump up dried fruit. Decorate with pistachio paste trees and swirles of fluffy icing
5 hours and 15 minutes
Moderately easy

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