Making good use of your freezer is more important than ever during the Christmas party season. With plenty of freezable Christmas recipes on offer, we’ve picked our favourite sweet treats that can be baked ahead of time and frozen – so all you need to do when your guests arrive is defrost or assemble a stylish dessert for the table.
Try these freezable festive bakes, or head over to our ultimate Christmas baking collection for even more inspiration.
1. Passion fruit, chocolate & coconut roulade
This modern twist on a classic Yule log is a great dessert to have in the freezer over Christmas. You can bake and assemble this passion fruit, chocolate & coconut roulade all ahead of time. To serve, simply bring out to stand at room temperature for 2 hours before serving.
2. Gingerbread cake with caramel biscuit icing
Although there are a few stages to making this fantastic Christmas centrepiece, you can make it more achievable by making the sponges in advance and popping them in the freezer. Closer to the big day, let the sponges thaw and focus on whipping up the delicious caramel biscuit icing that makes this cake so special. Assemble and decorate with as many pretty gingerbread biscuits as you like – perfect!
3. Sticky toffee Christmas pud
Most Christmas puddings will last well in or out of the freezer and this decadent version works particularly well as a showstopper on standby. Our blitz-&-bake sticky toffee Christmas pud combines the crowd-pleasing elements of a sticky toffee pudding with classic carrot cake, topped with a devilishly moreish walnut toffee sauce.
4. Christmas buns
Wake up on Christmas morning to the smell of freshly baked cinnamon buns with Paul Hollywood’s wholesome festive recipe. Bake these Christmas buns for the family and freeze them until needed, then defrost and warm through in the oven before generously drizzling with zesty lemon icing.
5. Snowman biscuits
Bake a batch of these snowman biscuits and freeze them, un-iced, until you need a fun winter’s day activity. When you need to entertain the kids, simply defrost the plain biscuits and get the little ones to help decorate them with simple fondant icing in different colours. Visit our Christmas for kids recipe collection for even more family projects to keep the kids entertained in the holidays.
6. Mince pie brownies
Turn a tray of gooey chocolate brownies into a new festive favourite with the addition of mini mince pies – these mince pie brownies are easy to make and sure to go down a storm at Christmas! You can freeze them in their entirety for up to a month.
7. Stollen babka wreath
Bursting with festive flavours such as cranberries, mixed spice, fruit and nuts, this stunning stollen babka wreath will make a beautiful centrepiece on your Christmas buffet table. Since making the dough is a labour of love, we recommend making it early – then bake the bread, cool and freeze without icing.
8. From-the-freezer mince pies
It’s handy to have a few from-the-freezer mince pies over the festive season in case of unexpected guests – or in case your expected guests have large appetites! This is one of our quickest recipes for mince pies, using ready-made ingredients for simplicity and ease.
9. Sour cherry & marzipan chrysanthemum pastry
A great weekend project in the run-up to Christmas. Making the homemade dough for this sour cherry & marzipan chrysanthemum pastry is immensely satisfying, and once you’ve baked it you can keep frozen for up to 2 months. We love the sloe gin used alongside the sour cherry flavour – a match made in heaven!
10. Starry mincemeat slices
This traybake version of mince pies goes especially well with a comforting jug of warm custard – it’s easy to assemble, and the kids can help stamp out the shapes for these starry mincemeat slices. You can freeze this assembled, uncooked pudding for 6 weeks – just defrost before baking.
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