Last-minute Christmas

Last-minute Christmas recipes

45 Recipes

No-fuss menu ideas, cakes and gifts.

Last-minute Christmas loaf cake

5

(3 ratings)

Unexpected guests and no Christmas cake to serve? This last-minute loaf tastes as if it had been made in November. Decorate with a snow shower of icing sugar
  • 1 hour and 40 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Black Forest Christmas fool

4.666665

(3 ratings)

A simple, quick and indulgent dessert you can rustle up in 10 minutes. If you want to make a non-alcoholic version, use a can of cherries in syrup instead
  • 10 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Easy Christmas turkey

4.5

(2 ratings)

The turkey is cooked high and fast like a chicken, giving it extra crispy skin. It needs longer to rest so the meat can relax and stay succulent
  • 2 hours and 20 mins
  • Easy

Hot chocolate stirrers

4.857145

(7 ratings)

We all know a few die hard chocolate fans - make them one of these hot choc stirrers as a gift and they'll never want to use powdered cocoa again...
  • 13 mins
  • Easy

Membrillo, chorizo & cheddar toastie

4

(1 rating)

Make a cosy night in even more indulgent with this meltingly good quince paste, spicy sausage and cheese toasted sandwich - the perfect winter pick-me-up
  • 16 mins
  • Easy

Buttered baby carrots

5

(1 rating)

There's nothing better than soft, buttery carrots to go along with your favourite roast. You can keep this side simple or tweak it with our delicious twists...
  • 15 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Gingerbread syrup

4

(11 ratings)

This simple syrup makes a lovely homemade gift and adds a festive flavour to drinks and desserts - stir into hot chocolate, warm apple juice or Prosecco, or drizzle over ice cream
  • 10 mins
  • Easy

Stuffed cherry peppers

4.666665

(3 ratings)

These low-fat, gluten-free canapés can be put together in just 10 minutes - perfect as a last-minute party nibble
  • 10 mins
  • Easy

Easy turkey gravy

0

(0 ratings)

This simple gravy compliments delicately flavoured turkey meat and is quick enough to make at the last minute
  • 15 mins
  • Easy

Christmas punch

5

(1 rating)

Treat your guests to a Christmas punch. It's a blend of prosecco, sloe gin, Jägermeister and apple juice, together with festive clementine and ginger...
  • 10 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Smoked salmon carpaccio

4.857145

(7 ratings)

James Martin's stunning seafood starter is guaranteed to impress at any dinner party - layer with beetroot, orange and tangy horseradish cream...
  • 30 mins
  • Easy

Quick pickled onions

5

(3 ratings)

These colourful, spiced sweet and sour onions add piquancy to a ploughman’s, or a sharp finish to Mexican food - an ideal edible gift to make ahead and pop in a homemade hamper
  • 20 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Fruitcake with cheese & apples

0

(0 ratings)

The classic combination of apples and cheese is given a lift with thin slices of sweet fruitcake - a great festive party canapé or buffet treat
  • 20 mins
  • Easy

Microwave boozy fudge

4.166665

(24 ratings)

Also known as miracle fudge, this indulgent sweet treat is made in minutes in the microwave, and makes for an ideal last-minute edible gift – no sugar thermometer required...
  • 17 mins
  • Easy

Ham & stem ginger thins

5

(1 rating)

This simple canapé is easy to assemble and has only three ingredients, yet looks great as part of a party platter or buffet
  • 15 mins
  • Easy

Carrot & tarragon purée

4

(2 ratings)

This super simple, yet delicious, side dish has just three ingredients - perfect for no-fuss entertaining or with a laid-back Sunday roast
  • 50 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

No-cook spiced apple chutney

5

(2 ratings)

This storecupboard relish has all the flavours of a classic cooked chutney but with more bite. It makes a great last minute accompaniment to a cheese board or ham
  • 15 mins
  • Easy

Chocolate tree cake

4

(2 ratings)

An easy yet stunning decorative idea which will put those surplus Christmas chocolates to good use
  • 15 mins
  • Easy

Chocolate & clementine log

3.444445

(9 ratings)

This fudgy, fruity alternative to a classic Christmas pudding can be prepared on Christmas Eve to save time on the big day
  • 1 hour and 45 mins
  • Easy

Cheese with pickled pear salad

4

(1 rating)

A contemporary alternative to the traditional cheeseboard, the hardest part will be selecting your favourite cheeses
  • 10 mins
  • Easy

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