Chocolate & cherry Christmas pudding

Make-ahead Christmas recipes

50 Recipes

Avoid the stress and make it ahead.

0

(0 ratings)

This rich terrine, with thyme, allspice and brandy, can be pressed and mature overnight for a perfect make-ahead starter or light lunch
  • 2 hours and 45 mins
  • More effort

5

(4 ratings)

This pretty twist on a classic German Christmas bake is lightly spiced, filled with mixed dried fruit and marzipan, then dusted with icing sugar
  • 1 hour and 20 mins
  • A challenge

5

(3 ratings)

These light cakes may just be the perfect pudding after an enormous Christmas dinner
  • 40 mins
  • Easy

4.6

(20 ratings)

If anyone in your family isn't keen on traditional fruitcake, this might be the compromise you've been looking for
  • 2 hours and 35 mins
  • Easy

4.666665

(18 ratings)

A quick and impressive make-ahead dessert with Baileys for grown-ups, or use extra toffee sauce for kids
  • 10 mins
  • Easy

4

(4 ratings)

This simple pie for one makes a great veggie option for Christmas Day - make as many as you need and freeze ahead
  • 50 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

4.714285

(7 ratings)

Not just for Christmas pud, this brandy butter goes perfectly with mince pies or spread over toasted panettone
  • 10 mins
  • Easy

4

(2 ratings)

Shards of this simple, Christmas-spiced shortbread add a professional finish to creamy desserts
  • 45 mins
  • Easy

4.25

(3 ratings)

This simple recipe uses white wine for a pale, light gravy, but it can also be made with red wine or Port for a richer flavour
  • 25 mins
  • Easy

4.166665

(6 ratings)

Keep this Christmas-spiced cranberry sauce in the fridge for up to a week before the big day
  • 25 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

4.87097

(124 ratings)

The perfect make-ahead gift, these will keep for up to a month after baking and look really impressive
  • 1 hour and 15 mins
  • Easy

4.6

(10 ratings)

A Christmassy relish which will keep in the cupboard for up to six months, making it perfect for make-ahead gifts
  • 40 mins
  • Easy

5

(1 rating)

This simple starter is a great way to use up leftover ham and you can freeze it ahead
  • 25 mins
  • Easy

4.522725

(33 ratings)

Use your choice of dried fruit, nuts, citrus zest and booze (or even tea) and get your cake made up to six months in advance
  • 3 hours and 20 mins
  • Easy

4.88889

(9 ratings)

These deep, decadent mince pies with a layer of almond frangipane cook brilliantly from frozen
  • 45 mins
  • More effort

4.53846

(52 ratings)

For the decadent dinner party - this rich chocolate dessert is for serious chocoholics only
  • 45 mins
  • More effort
  • Vegetarian

4.56746

(63 ratings)

Use this gingerbread recipe to get the kids in the kitchen and create some magical memories
  • 1 hour and 12 mins
  • More effort

4.666665

(15 ratings)

Try making your mincemeat well in advance of Christmas to give the flavours maximum time to mature
  • 20 mins
  • Easy

5

(5 ratings)

This festive icing is easy to use, looks amazing and makes a lighter end to a meal. The perfect centrepiece for Christmas tea
  • 20 mins
  • Easy

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