Take the stress out of Christmas morning by preparing your festive favourites well in advance. These classic, make-ahead Christmas recipes are all freezable and can be simply reheated on the big day.
1. Make & mature Christmas cake
This traditional festive fruitcake is best made well in advance, and can be fed regularly with brandy, sherry, whisky or rum. Traditionally baked on Stir-up Sunday (the last Sunday before Advent), this cake just gets better the longer it has to soak up the flavours and develop a moist, rich texture.
2. Easy mince pies
Nothing says Christmas like a freshly baked mince pie, and these pretty pastries are sure to impress. Fill melt-in-the-mouth shortcrust pastry with our zesty homemade mincemeat and pop in the freezer up to a month ahead, ready to be baked from frozen at a moment's notice.
3. Golden roast potatoes
Don't spend time peeling potatoes on Christmas morning – this hearty side-dish can be made up to a month in advance, so you can relax and enjoy the festive fun. Par-boil then freeze for crispy spuds that nobody will be able to guess weren't made on the day.
4. Super simple cranberry sauce
Tasty trimmings make all the difference with your roast. This classic cranberry sauce requires just three ingredients, and can be kept in the fridge for up to a week.
5. Best ever Yorkshire puddings
Don't disappoint with droopy Yorkies – get a perfect rise with our light and fluffy make-ahead puds. Using only four ingredients, this recipe couldn't be easier and can be frozen for up to a month.
6. Pigs in blankets with a twist
Turkey beware – this meaty side-dish might just steal the show! Give classic pigs in blankets a twist by adding dried fruit and mustard for a delicious kick. Wrap your sausages with streaky bacon and freeze. On the day, bake until sizzling and golden, then sit back and watch them disappear as soon as they hit the table.
7. Make-ahead gravy
Homemade gravy beats boring shop-bought sauce no matter the time of year – and on Christmas Day, this recipe will take your roast to the next level. Keep for up to three days in the fridge or freeze for up to three months. When you heat to serve, add the roasting juices from your turkey for a luxurious finishing touch.
8. Spiced red cabbage
Inject some vibrant colour and fruity flavour into your Christmas Day dinner with this tasty veggie side. Pop in the fridge for up to two days, or prepare a month in advance and freeze.
9. Chestnut & cranberry stuffing
This sausage stuffing is packed with festive flavours, combining classic sage and onion with apples, chestnuts and an attractive swirl of cranberries. Prepare two days ahead if you have room in the fridge, or up to a month ahead if you're planning to freeze.
10. Butterscotch Christmas pudding
Finish your feast in the traditional way with a fruit-filled steamed pud, topped with butterscotch sauce and mixed nuts. Make early to allow the festive flavours to mingle - keep in the fridge for three days, or in the freezer for two to three weeks.
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