Best shop-bought desserts for Christmas 2014
Over five weeks, the BBC Good Food team blind-tasted hundreds of supermarket products to create the ultimate best buys collection for Christmas 2014. Here, we share our eight favourite decadent desserts.
£9.99, from Waitrose
Lidl Favorina large panettone
We loved the buttery dough of this budget bread. It's evenly filled with dried fruits and the bread has a nice rise to it and tears apart beautifully.
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£3.99, from Lidl
Best... Party pudding
Sainsbury's salted caramel wreath
Consisting of deliciously indulgent caramel mousse and choux pastry with chocolate decorations on top, this extra-special pud means business. The pastry has good texture and doesn't go soggy - a winner all-round.
£12, from Sainsbury's
Aldi Specially Selected luxury stollen
This affordable log has a thick layer of almonds running across the top and looks really impressive. It is sweet, squidgy, fruity and very moreish.
£4.99, from Aldi
Best... Christmas pudding
Lidl 18-month matured Christmas pudding
This was our stand-out favourite pudding. The flavours blend well with a hint of treacle, whole nuts and a touch of booze.
£7.99, from Lidl
Best... Special diet Christmas pudding
Sainsbury's gluten-free Christmas pudding
This gluten-free offering is a sweet, mild pudding, with a good coarse texture and fruity flavours. This has more citrus notes than other puds we tried.
£3.99, from Sainsbury's
Best... Family cake
Co-op Loved by Us snowman cake
This cute cake is small but enough to feed eight children. Thin icing covers good Madeira sponge with a cream and jam filling.
£6, from Co-op
Best... Christmas cake
Tesco Finest hand-decorated falling holly rich fruit cake
This cake is one elegant and boozy festive number. The double-tier, sticky cake comes with pretty decorations, soft icing and great chunks of fruit and nut.
£20, from Tesco
M&S Made Without Gluten Christmas cake
This cake was the most attractive gluten-free cake we tried. It has a sticky middle with an added hit of booze plus the elegant decoration would look beautiful on any table.
£12, from M&S