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Make-ahead Christmas recipes

50 Recipes

Avoid the stress and make it ahead.

Gravy for the Christmas turkey

3.875

(2 ratings)

This simple recipe uses white wine for a pale, light gravy, but it can also be made with red wine or Port for a richer flavour
  • 25 mins
  • Easy

Figgy Christmas pudding

5

(9 ratings)

A classic that every Christmas table should have. Make ahead and simply steam the puds to reheat on the big day
  • 4 hours
  • Easy

Cranberry & red wine sauce

4.166665

(6 ratings)

Keep this Christmas-spiced cranberry sauce in the fridge for up to a week before the big day
  • 25 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Carrot & star anise purée

4.6875

(8 ratings)

If you fancy adding something a little different to the table on Christmas Day, this seasonal purée could be just the thing
  • 45 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Fruity biscotti

4.864405

(118 ratings)

The perfect make-ahead gift, these will keep for up to a month after baking and look really impressive
  • 1 hour and 15 mins
  • Easy

Spiced cranberry & pear relish

4.555555

(9 ratings)

A Christmassy relish which will keep in the cupboard for up to six months, making it perfect for make-ahead gifts
  • 40 mins
  • Easy

Mulling syrup

4.73077

(26 ratings)

This spiced syrup works equally well for mulled wine or cider. Make a batch ahead of time for entertaining or make up a gift kit for Christmas
  • 35 mins
  • Easy

Potted ham

5

(1 rating)

This simple starter is a great way to use up leftover ham and you can freeze it ahead
  • 25 mins
  • Easy

As-you-like-it Christmas cake

4.456895

(29 ratings)

Use your choice of dried fruit, nuts, citrus zest and booze (or even tea) and get your cake made up to six months in advance
  • 3 hours and 20 mins
  • Easy

Deep-filled mince pies

4.88889

(9 ratings)

These deep, decadent mince pies with a layer of almond frangipane cook brilliantly from frozen
  • 45 mins
  • More effort

Chocolate marquise

4.52

(50 ratings)

For the decadent dinner party - this rich chocolate dessert is for serious chocoholics only
  • 45 mins
  • More effort
  • Vegetarian

Simple gingerbread house

4.566665

(60 ratings)

Use this gingerbread recipe to get the kids in the kitchen and create some magical memories
  • 1 hour and 12 mins
  • More effort

Yule slice

4.55357

(14 ratings)

Perfect for health-conscious people who still like a Christmas treat, this is dairy-free and full of fruit and nuts
  • 2 hours
  • More effort

Traditional mincemeat

5

(14 ratings)

Try making your mincemeat well in advance of Christmas to give the flavours maximum time to mature
  • 20 mins
  • Easy

Cottage chilli hotpot

4.48276

(29 ratings)

The ultimate make-ahead comfort food dish - if you're spending a weekend in the country this dish will defrost as you travel
  • 3 hours and 20 mins
  • Easy

Classic winter fruitcake

5

(5 ratings)

This festive icing is easy to use, looks amazing and makes a lighter end to a meal. The perfect centrepiece for Christmas tea
  • 20 mins
  • Easy

Double salmon roll

5

(2 ratings)

Make this posh starter ahead of time and serve up with salad and melba toast
  • 40 mins
  • More effort

Cranberry jewelled mincemeat

4.857145

(7 ratings)

Cooking up batches of this festive, fruity mincemeat will fill your kitchen with the smell of Christmas
  • 25 mins
  • Easy

Game terrine

5

(1 rating)

John Torode shows how to prepare classic coarse set terrine with duck and mixed game of your choice
  • 2 hours
  • More effort

Guinness, treacle & ginger pudding

5

(5 ratings)

Rich, dark and spicy - prepare enough mixture for two basins, one for Christmas day and the other to give as a gift
  • 6 hours and 20 mins
  • Easy

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