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Alternative Desserts For Christmas Day

Why not ditch the Christmas pudding this year and try one of these delicious recipes...

Alternative Christmas Day Dessert's

Every family has their own traditions at Christmas, especially when it comes to the day’s big dinner. Some have turkey, others have goose, 100s have mash potatoes others definitely do not and don’t even mention the Brussels sprouts but what’s the main thing that differs in every household? The festive meal dessert!

Traditionally a brandy soaked Christmas pudding was the go-to pudding to serve on Christmas day but over the year’s people seem to have fallen out of love with this rich fruity pudding. On tables across the UK you’re now more likely to see a variety of puddings, from sticky toffee pudding to trifle, chocolate cake to jam roly poly.

We think it’s important that the pudding chosen on Christmas Day still feels festive and special, helping to make the meal feel like a treat but is also easy so that it doesn’t take up too much of your day. No Christmas meal would be complete without an indulgent Christmas dessert so why not turn your festive meal into a festive feast.

We’ve pulled together some delicious and easy puddings that still have a Christmassy twist, that’ll have all your guests happily full for the rest of the day.

Little Sticky Toffee Puddings With A Rich Toffee Sauce

How Do We Do It?


Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.


Start by putting the chopped dates in a bowl with 175 ml boiling water. Add the vanilla extract, coffee essence and bicarbonate of soda and leave on one side.


Next, in a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together, beat until the mixture is well mixed. Add in the beaten eggs, a little at a time.


Then fold in the flour using a metal spoon, and then you can fold in all the date mixture. Don’t worry if the mixture looks sloppy – it’s meant to be like that!


Divide the mixture into eight containers, place them on a baking tray and bake in the centre of the oven for 25 minutes.


When they're cooked, leave them to cool for 5 minutes, and then remove them from the containers using a knife. Place the free standing puddings on their base in a shallow tin.


Next, make the sauce by combining all the ingredients in a saucepan.


To serve the puddings: pre-heat the grill, and pour the sauce evenly over the puddings. Place the tin under the grill and let them heat through for about 8 minutes. This will crunch up the top, making them even more delicious!


Serve with a cream of your choice.

What will you need?

  • For the Sponges:
  • 75g stoned dates
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons of coffee essence
  • ¾ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 75g butter, room temperature
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 175g self raising flour, sifted

  • For the sticky sauce:
  • 175g soft brown sugar
  • 110g butter
  • 6 tablespoons double cream

Christmas Cranberry And Orange Cheesecake

How Do We Do It?


Crush all of the biscuits in a bowl (Tip: a rolling pin is good for this) and stir in the melted butter. Press the wet biscuit mix into a 20-22cm loose-bottomed cake tin.


Mix the caster sugar, the zest and juice of the orange and the cranberries into the low fat cream cheese and whipped double cream.


Dollop into the tin and smooth onto the top of the biscuit base. Chill in the fridge overnight, until set. Carefully remove from the tin and sprinkle with the reserved biscuit crumbs to serve


To make the sauce, place the cranberries, sugar, orange juice, and zest in a saucepan and stir over low heat. Simmer until cranberries soften. Cool mixture and pour over the cheese cake when you serve it.

What will you need?

  • For the Cheesecake:
  • 2 x 150g pack of your favourite biscuits, we used chocolate cookies
  • 50g, Butter, melted
  • zest and juice of 1 Orange
  • 25g Caster sugar
  • 100g Dried cranberries, roughly chopped
  • 100g Soft low-fat cream cheese
  • 300ml Tub double cream, whipped

  • For the sauce:
  • 250g cranberries, fresh or frozen
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 240ml orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest

Mince Pie Ice-Cream

How Do We Do It?


Let the ice-cream soften out of the freezer (don’t let it totally melt, just soften so that it can be stirred) then break up the mince pies and crumble them into the ice-cream. Stir the mince pie into the ice cream and re-freeze until you are ready to serve.


Serve in a martini glass with some fresh berries to make it look extra special!

What will you need?

  • 1 litre of good quality vanilla ice cream
  • 6 mince pies

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