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Christmas baking recipes

Crumbly mince pies, iced cakes and traditional festive breads like stollen and panettone – find all your favourite Christmas cakes and bakes here.

6 ratings 3.7 out of 5 star rating

Forget fiddly mince pies, fill puff pastry with juicy mincemeat and fruit and serve this festive dessert in slices - perfect for entertaining

45 mins
Easy
1 rating 5.0 out of 5 star rating

This towering cake has layers of chocolate sponge, meringue and chestnut cream - a stunning centrepiece for a festive dinner party

2 hrs and 10 mins
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8 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

Great British Bake Off 2013 winner Frances Quinn created these edible decorations topped with white and dark chocolate and almond 'feathers'

1 hr and 15 mins
Easy
3 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

The traditional Italian dessert is turned into a pretty hand-held nutty pie with chocolate and figs, plus an orange liqueur cream topping

45 mins
Easy
9 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

Bake a batch of these sweet German buns over Christmas and enjoy at breakfast or teatime... or both

2 hrs and 45 mins
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10 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

Leftover cranberry sauce? Use it as an excuse to make these delicious chocolate, nutty cake squares

55 mins
Easy
22 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

This quick and easy fridge cakes make a great addition to a homemade gift hamper

20 mins
Easy
17 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

A novel way to use up root vegetables is to bake up a sweet, moist sponge with citrus flavours

1 hr and 10 mins
Easy
2 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Kids will love making these cute Christmas cupcakes from Planet Cake

45 mins
Easy
5 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

This fun spin on the traditional Lancashire fruit cakes uses leftover marzipan to make irresistible individual pies

1 hr and 15 mins
Easy
24 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

If anyone in your family isn't keen on traditional fruitcake, this might be the compromise you've been looking for

2 hrs and 35 mins
Easy
21 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

From freezer to oven, these cheeky Eccles mince pies are perfect mid-afternoon with an equally cheeky glass of mulled wine. It is Christmas after all!

1 hr
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32 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

A real treat. Associate food editor, Barney Desmazery, has had this recipe in his family for 100 years

30 mins
Easy
32 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

With a hint of spice and little pockets of mincemeat, this is a lovely post-Christmas cake, great with warm custard

2 hrs
Easy
34 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

This traditional Christmas cake is the perfect combination of fruit, nuts and spices

4 hrs
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13 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

A fruit cake for those who like theirs light, spicy, fruity and moist, with a tart cranberry topping

2 hrs
Easy
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0 ratings 0.0 out of 5 star rating

Celebrate the festive period with a classic Italian sweet bread, panettone. Our chocolate-flavoured version is the perfect homemade gift at Christmas time

1 hr and 15 mins
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27 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

BBC Good Food's show-stealing December 08 cover recipe - perfect if you fancy a change from the usual Christmas cake

2 hrs and 50 mins
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0 ratings 0.0 out of 5 star rating

Decorate our buttery, melt-in-the-mouth sugar cookies with piped icing and sprinkles for extra special festive biscuits. They make lovely Christmas gifts

30 mins
Easy
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20 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

This square Christmas cake is cut into two loaf-shaped cakes, so you can give one to a friend

2 hrs and 30 mins
Easy
219 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

An easy-to-make alternative to traditional Christmas cakes which requires no beating

3 hrs and 45 mins
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2 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

A stunning cake that uses the 'boiling method' to plump up dried fruit. Decorate with pistachio paste trees and swirles of fluffy icing

5 hrs and 15 mins
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8 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Eat these family-friendly sausage rolls with a chutney or pickle. They make a great snack for a party buffet

1 hr
Easy
1 rating 5.0 out of 5 star rating

The sweet German fruit and marzipan loaf recipe is adapted into a gorgeous wreath cake with decorative fondant holly icing and almond marzipan

1 hr and 50 mins
Easy
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