Chocolate & cherry Christmas pudding

Make-ahead Christmas recipes

50 Recipes

Avoid the stress and make it ahead.

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(1 rating)

A twist on the classic Christmas pudding, our cherry version is served with silky dark chocolate, a rich brandy sauce and a dollop of double cream
  • 3 hours and 10 mins
  • Easy

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Put some welly in your Christmas dinner. Make these vegan Wellingtons ahead of time for a less stressed Christmas dinner. Even the meat eaters will love them!
  • 2 hours
  • More effort
  • Vegetarian

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If you're looking for a Christmas classic with a twist, this French ham hock and pistachio terrine, transformed into a modern make-ahead starter is for you...
  • 5 hours
  • More effort

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This festive make-ahead starter is perfect for a Christmas meal for two. Serve with crunchy toast and a scattering of dill for an impressive seafood dish
  • 35 mins
  • More effort

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(2 ratings)

Cross a Christmas pudding with a cheesecake and what do you get? A fantastic alternative festive dessert with a crunchy ginger base and creamy filling
  • 30 mins
  • Easy

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This make-ahead main of pastry-wrapped fish and rice is an extra-special way to serve seafood for a dinner party, spiced with cardamom, cloves and chilli
  • 1 hour and 10 mins
  • More effort

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Arctic roll meets baked Alaska in this ice cream filled chocolate log topped with meringue - an impressive dessert to make ahead for a dinner party
  • 1 hour and 35 mins
  • More effort

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This decadent, make-ahead dessert is perfect for a festive dinner party or buffet, with a zesty cream cheese filling and dark chocolate biscuit base
  • 1 hour and 55 mins
  • More effort

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Salmon and smoked haddock are perfect partners in this creamy, cheesy fish dish - freeze ahead and thaw for a make-ahead dinner party main
  • 1 hour and 55 mins
  • Easy

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Get ahead for a dinner party or celebration with this indulgent, fruity cake which can be frozen for up to 2 months
  • 1 hour and 25 mins
  • More effort

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(6 ratings)

This attractive frozen dessert can be made ahead and frozen for up to 3 months - perfect to get ahead for a Christmas dinner party
  • 30 mins
  • Easy

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(50 ratings)

Prepare this fruit cake in advance and feed it regularly with rum, brandy or whisky to build the flavour and keep it moist
  • 2 hours and 35 mins
  • Easy

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(2 ratings)

Coat strips of white fish fillets with breadcrumbs, then bake for a delicious make-ahead canapé, perfect for entertaining or a party buffet
  • 40 mins
  • Easy

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(6 ratings)

These tasty, deep-fried bites can be made ahead and frozen, perfect for no-fuss entertaining as part of a party buffet spread
  • 1 hour and 45 mins
  • More effort

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Transform minced pork into a make-ahead, freezable party canapé or buffet bite - serve with creamy guacamole for dipping
  • 50 mins
  • Easy

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This rich terrine, with thyme, allspice and brandy, can be pressed and mature overnight for a perfect make-ahead starter or light lunch
  • 2 hours and 45 mins
  • More effort

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(3 ratings)

This pretty twist on a classic German Christmas bake is lightly spiced, filled with mixed dried fruit and marzipan, then dusted with icing sugar
  • 1 hour and 20 mins
  • A challenge

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(2 ratings)

These light cakes may just be the perfect pudding after an enormous Christmas dinner
  • 40 mins
  • Easy

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(20 ratings)

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 mins
  • Easy

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(18 ratings)

A quick and impressive make-ahead dessert with Baileys for grown-ups, or use extra toffee sauce for kids
  • 10 mins
  • Easy

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