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Last-minute Christmas recipes

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Gingerbread syrup

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(4 ratings)
This simple syrup makes a lovely homemade gift and adds a festive flavour to drinks and desserts - stir into hot chocolate, warm apple juice or Prosecco, or drizzle over ice cream
10 minutes
Easy

Salmon, fennel & lime plates

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(2 ratings)
This is a fresh and light way to serve up smoked salmon - ideal as a last minute starter
15 minutes
Easy

Smoked salmon carpaccio

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James Martin's stunning seafood starter is guaranteed to impress at any dinner party - layer with beetroot, orange and tangy horseradish cream
30 minutes
Easy

Quick pickled onions

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These colourful, spiced sweet and sour onions add piquancy to a ploughman’s, or a sharp finish to Mexican food - an ideal edible gift to make ahead and pop in a homemade hamper
20 minutes
Easy
Vegetarian

Fruitcake with cheese & apples

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The classic combination of apples and cheese is given a lift with thin slices of sweet fruitcake - a great festive party canapé or buffet treat
20 minutes
Easy

Ham & stem ginger thins

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This simple canapé is easy to assemble and has only three ingredients, yet looks great as part of a party platter or buffet
15 minutes
Easy

Carrot & tarragon purée

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This super simple, yet delicious, side dish has just three ingredients - perfect for no-fuss entertaining or with a laid-back Sunday roast
50 minutes
Easy
Vegetarian

Salmon & prawns with dill & lime aïoli

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(8 ratings)
For a simple, smart starter, just mix mayo with garlic, herbs and a squeeze of lime and serve with seafood and brown bread
15 minutes
Easy

No-cook spiced apple chutney

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This storecupboard relish has all the flavours of a classic cooked chutney but with more bite. It makes a great last minute accompaniment to a cheese board or ham
15 minutes
Easy

Carrot, apple & celeriac mash

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A superhealthy side, ideal for making the day before and reheating in the microwave
45 minutes
Easy
Vegetarian
Healthy

Chocolate tree cake

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An easy yet stunning decorative idea which will put those surplus Christmas chocolates to good use
15 minutes
Easy

Chocolate & clementine log

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This fudgy, fruity alternative to a classic Christmas pudding can be prepared on Christmas Eve to save time on the big day
1 hour and 45 minutes
Easy

Cheese with pickled pear salad

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A contemporary alternative to the traditional cheeseboard, the hardest part will be selecting your favourite cheeses
10 minutes
Easy

Festive fondant fancies

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Turn a simple traybake into magical mouthfuls with these fun and easy decoration ideas
20 minutes
Easy

Baked Camembert kit

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The ideal gift for a cheese-lover: a box of Camembert to warm in the oven and serve with boozy marinated sultanas
20 minutes
Easy

Triple chocolate cupcake kit

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The perfect Christmas gift for someone who loves to bake - the ingredients for delectable chocolate cupcakes
25 minutes
Easy

Dolcelatte-stuffed figs

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(10 ratings)
Simple yet impressive stuffed figs make lovely canapés and only take 15 minutes to make
15 minutes
Easy

Black Forest trifle

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James Martin's indulgent trifle won't keep you in the kitchen for long but will impress guests at your next get-together
30 minutes
Easy

Unbelievably easy mince pies

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No rolling required! Press the raw, crumbly pastry directly into your tin for a short, biscuity finish. Our easiest mince pie recipe and great fun to make with kids
1 hour
Easy

Orange frosted panettone cake

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If you’ve been given a panettone over Christmas but you’re not sure what to do with it, try this superfast, special stacked cake
12 minutes
Easy

Spiced beetroot & orange chutney

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Serve this vividly coloured chutney with cheeses and cold meats - great to give as a gift, too

1 hour and 20 minutes
Easy
Vegetarian

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