Chocolate & cherry Christmas pudding

Nut-free Christmas recipes

Brilliant alternatives to traditional festive foods.

14 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

A twist on the classic Christmas pudding, our cherry version is served with silky dark chocolate, a rich brandy sauce and a dollop of double cream

3 hrs and 10 mins
Easy
5 ratings 4.1 out of 5 star rating

This is a true Christmas centrepiece and an essential for any traditional dinner. Simple and effective, with just five ingredients to a festive favourite

6 hrs and 15 mins
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Gluten-free
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9 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

This tangy dessert looks impressive but takes very little effort – most of the ingredients are ready-made, so it is simply a matter of construction

35 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
7 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Always wanted to know how to get your turkey breast succulent, and the leg meat falling off the bone? Dry-brining tenderises and adds lots of flavour

6 hrs
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Gluten-free
5 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

Show off your cooking skills and get in the festive spirit with these fun looking easy cheesy treats - they make great party snacks for grazing guests

27 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
0 ratings 0.0 out of 5 star rating

An essential side to any roast dinner, the duck fat used for our fabulous turkey confit will crisp up your roasties brilliantly and add lashings of flavour

1 hr and 50 mins
Easy
Gluten-free
1 rating 5.0 out of 5 star 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
7 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

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
10 ratings 4.1 out of 5 star rating

This low-fat Christmas side dish is the perfect sweet-savoury combination. Or try one of our simple twists using preserved lemon, ginger wine and bacon

2 hrs and 20 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
Gluten-free
30 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

Our traditional bread sauce recipe is the perfect creamy accompaniment to your roast dinner. This easy bread sauce is sure to be a Christmas favourite

35 mins
Easy
1 rating 5.0 out of 5 star rating

It wouldn't be Christmas dinner without it! A simple, low fat, classic cranberry sauce to add some fruity flavour to your roast, it couldn't be easier

10 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
Gluten-free
1 rating 4.0 out of 5 star rating

Add some sparkle to this rich gravy in the form of a dash of Prosecco, to intensify the flavour. Get ahead of the game and make your gravy in advance

1 hr and 50 mins
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8 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

Give the classic chocolate Bûche a makeover with festive flavours of ginger, cinnamon, treacle and golden syrup and creamy butter icing

47 mins
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4 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

Give the classic prawn cocktail a twist by pairing crayfish tails with tangy horseradish and creamy avocado in this delicious dinner party starter

15 mins
Easy
37 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

A Christmas treat the kids will enjoy helping to make, with an unusual minty filling

40 mins
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Vegetarian
42 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

This fabulous Christmas cake can be made and decorated in four very different ways. Just choose your favourite

3 hrs and 20 mins
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Vegetarian
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
2 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

This child-friendly pud by reader Julie Prior is a classic twist on the traditional Christmas pudding

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

A slice of our classic sausage, sage and onion stuffing is a must-have for Christmas dinner. It's also great as a side with your Sunday roast

1 hr
Easy
3 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Add this unusual, creamy stuffing to your Christmas banquet this year

1 hr and 20 mins
Easy
26 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

Spruce up your sprouts this Christmas - Gordon Ramsay's recipe creates a really rich flavour

10 mins
Easy
27 ratings 3.8 out of 5 star rating

This classic side can be made up to two days in advance. For maximum flavour, cook the cabbage down really well over a low heat until it's really sticky

1 hr and 25 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
127 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

A perfect match for cheese and cold meats, and delicious in turkey sandwiches

2 hrs and 30 mins
More effort
25 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Gordon Ramsay shows you how to cook the chef's choice of Christmas main courses – a golden goose. Keep the fat to use through the winter months

4 hrs and 5 mins
A challenge
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