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Last-minute Christmas

Last-minute Christmas recipes

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Don't stress the season, try our last-minute Christmas recipes for quick desserts and simple storecupboard festive recipes that you can make in a flash

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  • Last-minute Christmas loaf cake cut into slices and served with a cup of tea

    Last-minute Christmas loaf cake

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.6 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

  • Black Forest Christmas fool

    Black Forest Christmas fool

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.3 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

  • Last-minute Christmas pudding

    Last-minute Christmas pudding

    A star rating of 3.7 out of 5.3 ratings

    This quick microwave Christmas pud, which uses shop-bought mincemeat, takes just 35 mins - simply combine the ingredients and cook on the day for a last-minute dessert

  • Easy Christmas turkey

    Easy Christmas turkey

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.3 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

  • Hot chocolate stirrers 2016

    Hot chocolate stirrers

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.9 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

  • Membrillo, chorizo & cheddar toastie

    Membrillo, chorizo & cheddar toastie

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.1 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

  • Buttered baby carrots 2016

    Buttered baby carrots

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.2 ratings

    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

  • Gingerbread syrup

    Gingerbread syrup

    A star rating of 3.9 out of 5.14 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

  • cherry peppers

    Stuffed cherry peppers

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.3 ratings

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

  • Easy turkey gravy

    Easy turkey gravy

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.1 rating

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

  • Christmas punch served in a punch bowl

    Christmas punch

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.5 ratings

    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

  • Smoked salmon carpaccio

    Smoked salmon carpaccio

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.9 ratings

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

  • Quick pickled onions

    Quick pickled onions

    A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.11 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

  • Fruitcake with cheese & apples

    Fruitcake with cheese & apples

    A star rating of 0 out of 5.0 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

  • Microwave boozy fudge

    Microwave boozy fudge

    A star rating of 4.2 out of 5.27 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

  • Ham & stem ginger thins

    Ham & stem ginger thins

    A star rating of 5 out of 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

  • Carrot & tarragon purée

    Carrot & tarragon purée

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.2 ratings

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

  • Roast turkey with sage & onion butter and Marsala gravy

    Easy Thanksgiving turkey

    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.2 ratings

    This easy roast turkey recipe with sage and onion butter and a rich gravy won't let you down on the big day, perfect for feeding a crowd on Thanksgiving

  • Salmon & prawns with dill & lime aïoli

    Salmon & prawns with dill & lime aïoli

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.9 ratings

    For a simple, smart starter, just mix mayo with garlic, herbs and a squeeze of lime and serve with seafood and brown bread

  • No-cook spiced apple chutney

    No-cook spiced apple chutney

    A star rating of 5 out of 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

  • Chocolate tree cake

    Chocolate tree cake

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.2 ratings

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

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