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Christmas Recipes

I am not a great one for starters before Christmas Dinner, but I will certainly have plates of Parmesan Shortbreads and my Panettone Stuffing Squares dotted around the place alongside a jug or two of my Christmas Cup, and may even offer the odd Poinsettia too - and if you want to do likewise, just follow the Christmas Cup recipe, but substitute Grand Marnier, Triple Sec or Cointreau for the Cherry Brandy and cranberry juice for the ginger ale.

The old fave, my Spiced and Superjuicy Turkey is hard to resist – there's something about the brining method which makes the turkey easier to carve into elegantly thin slices, so not only will you feel better on the day but also the turkey will go further – and for me this has to go with Allspice Gravy, Gingerbread Stuffing and Redder Than Red Cranberry Sauce. But I do want to draw your attention, as well, to the Turkey Breast Stuffed with Italian Sausage and Marsala-Steeped Cranberries. This is particularly fab for a party, when you can cook it and slice it (easily) into generous slabs. I know that Perfect Roast Potatoes is an immodest title but, I promise you, they are a seasonal spud sensation. My mother always served her Brussels Sprouts with a lot of buttered chestnuts (and cooked and peeled her own). I have upped the ante by adding gorgeous salty pancetta cubes (feel free to substitute bacon) and been unapologetically lazier by buying vacuum-packed ready cooked and peeled chestnuts.

We've also got both my Ham in Coca Cola and Ginger-Glazed Ham, both of which are just divine with the Spiced Peaches. Veggie diners are not left out, either, as I have a splendiferous Roast Stuffed Pumpkin with Gingery Tomato Sauce. I urge you also to reconsider the seasonal sprout, and go for the Hearty Wholewheat Pasta with Brussels Sprouts, Cheese and Potato, a truly satisfying veggie option (and an excellent way of absorbing excess alcohol, I should add).

Oh dear: I am trying to keep this brief, but am finding it difficult as there is just so much food to celebrate at Christmas. For pudding, I suggest to you my old favourites (and this is absolutely a time for tradition and my own Christmas ritual relies on them): Ultimate Christmas Pudding with Rum Butter and Eggnog Cream; Yule Log; Star-Topped Mince Pies!

Still, there’s room for innovation too, so you will also find my Christmas Morning Muffins, Chocolate Fruit Cake, Salted Caramel Brandy Butter, Gorgeously Golden Fruit Cake (which happens to be gluten-free), Spruced-Up Vanilla Cake, Christmas-Spiced Chocolate Cake (another gluten-free treat), Christmas Chocolate Cookies, and even a luxuriously chocolatey Christmas Pudding for Christmas Pudding Haters.

But I couldn't just end there: this is after all the season of glorious indulgence, so I had to give you my utterly ravishing but easy and no-cook Italian Christmas Pudding Cake and, of course, a little seasonal jollity in the form of my Chocolate Salame.

And my Christmas tradition – which for me marks the start of my own festive season – involves making up a batch of Edible Christmas Decorations with my children.

Merry Christmas, Buon Natale, Happy Holidays and here's to cooking and eating our way into a fantastic new year!

Posted by Nigella      Makes 35 - 40 biscuits

I couldn’t have Christmas without these, or at least, not happily. Rituals are essential to give us meaning, a sense of ceremony,…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 8-10

The traditional sauce for Christmas pudding is a "hard sauce", that's to say brandy butter but I can't help feeling that this corner-cutting…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 8

There is no doubt about it, anything with chestnuts in it, even if they come vacuum-packed or canned and are perennially available,…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 8-12

For me the only turkey is a brined one. Not only does it tenderize and add subtle spiciness, but it makes carving the turkey incredibly…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Yield approx. 750ml in total

I often give homemade chutneys to Italian friends when I visit, as I’m proud of our traditional recipes and know that an English…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Makes 12-14 slices

This recipe is my own but at the same time a conflation of a couple of Italian Christmas must-haves: the glorious, fruit-studded panettone…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 6

This recipe comes from Beryl Scoffield, the mother of one of my oldest friends, and a woman with a reputation for her pies. It's also…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 10-16 as part of the feast

Needs must and all that, so I have always been an open anti-perfectionist, but in truth (and I’m sorry to repeat what I’ve…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 4-6

This is the perfect recipe for using leftover chicken or turkey at any time. A jicama is sometimes known as a Mexican potato, though…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 8

For someone who’s never been to Vietnam, I am piling up quite a few recipes which are Vietnamese in inspiration if not origin.…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 1

Salted caramel is not just for eating....Read on

Posted by Nigella      Makes 48 small squares

I have written a recipe for panettone stuffing before: the sweet seasonal fruit bread was cubed, toasted and mixed with Italian sausage;…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 8-10

You just cannot beat a pav in summer, and in particular this dark beauty. The crisp and chewy chocolate meringue base, rich in cocoa…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 8-10

I don’t deny it: there is something unattractively boastful about calling one’s own recipe “ultimate”. But…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Makes enough for 2 x 500ml tubs

In my view, there is no bad way to eat chestnuts, ever: my greatest – and exquisitely extravagant treat – is a marron…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 8

It is not quite normal to feel as joyous as I do when saying the words “Brussels sprouts”, but this recipe does not merely…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 8

I don’t need to tell you how beautiful this is: you can see. It’s extravagant, certainly, but it’s meant to be.…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Makes 35-40 shortbreads

This is an Italian-inspired recipe that comes to me from Australia via Brazil. To explain: a Brazilian friend, and the best cook I…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 30

These bonbons are almost alarmingly easy. I was inspired by a picture I saw in The Australian Women’s Weekly, fell…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Makes about 12 slices

This is a sleight of hand, or a trick of equipment rather than an act of brilliance. True, the cake does look incredibly complicated…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Makes 8-9 glasses

This is probably the most serviceable, all-round Christmas drink: eminently refreshing; satisfyingly quaffable. Think of it as a juicily…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 6-8

To make this brandy butter you will need to have prepared my Salted Caramel Sauce.Read on

Posted by Nigella      Makes 12

I have never quite understood how people can go in for vast, rich breakfasts on Christmas morning.  I am hardly a modest eater…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Makes 12

These beauties also make a very good alternative to mince pies. I buy the icing ready made and dyed (which is why it isn’t a…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Makes 36

This is the way I make my mince pies, and there is no changing me or them: they are small, to be popped straight into the mouth in…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 6

I'm almost embarrassed by how easy these are.  It's true that you do need a processor, though you could just chop well and whisk…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 4-6

I love recipes using up leftovers, and this is a particular favourite because it suddenly goes off on another tangent, so to speak.…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 6-8

Although this started off as a Christmas-time recipe, I have found that I cook it pretty much year round: the sweet squash is tangily…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Makes about 10 slices

This is the perfect cut-and-come again cake for any time of the year. It lasts for ages, but has the squidgy fabulousness of something…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 8-12

On days when I want the warmth of the hearth rather than the hurly burly of the city streets I stay in and read cookery books, and…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Makes 1.2 litres/6 servings

This mulled cider is mellow and fruity and, despite the rum sploshed in as well, mild to the taste and all too drinkable. Just make…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 8

Cool, satiny ice cream with a cranberry syrup so jewel-bright and shiny it could be made of molten lip gloss. My great aunt used to…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 10-16 as part of the feast

Christmas pudding isn’t for everyone and, even though I have faith in my pudding’s ability to convert, there’s no…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Makes 9 x 250ml / 1-cup sealable jars

Chutney is not the most obviously festive, seasonally indulgent, must-have foodstuff, but it is the cornerstone of my Christmas pantry.…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Makes 10-12 slices

There are few more popular ways to end a dinner party than with a fallen chocolate cake – the cakes are so called because they…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Makes about 8 slices

If you're going to get started, this is the cake you should begin with. Not just because it's simple - though it is - but because…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Makes about 10-12 slices

I just throw everything into a pan, let the heat from the stove send buttery rum and citrus juices permeating into the currants, sultanas…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 8-10

I’ve always roasted honeyed parsnips alongside a turkey but as a marker of the culinary special relationship celebrated at Christmas,…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Makes enough for a 23cm/8in cake

I love a plain white-iced cake: smooth icing, wrapping the cake almost like a hatbox. I am happy to have this decorated, but I'd just…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Yield 14 slices

I have always avoided making chocolate tarts, not out of laziness (I love a bit of pastry-making, in the right mood), but because…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Makes approx. 20 generous slices

I’ve encountered quite a few versions of chocolate salame in Italy – coming to the conclusion that it’s really an…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 2, or 1 in great need

Ever since I overcame my prejudices about buying pre-chopped fruit and veg, my cooking life has got a lot simpler. And you should…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 10

For parties or any type of seasonal entertaining, I like a cocktail that gets poured together in a jug rather than mixed up by the…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Yield 50 / 25 sausages

I couldn’t help myself. I can’t have a party without some cocktail sausages and wanted to make them just a little bit…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 8

Only those who have never tried this raise an eyebrow at the idea. Don't hesitate, don't be anxious: this really works. No one who…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 10-12

Forget the name, this cake is heavenly. The crumb is tender, the filling and frosting luscious.  When I made it one friday, I…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Makes 24 bars

No one is ever going to complain about having one of these in their lunchbox, and they're pretty handy to have around in the kitchen…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Makes around 45 stars

This is a new variant of an old and easy party favourite. The dough is mixed up in the processor and rolls out easily.  It may…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Makes 10-12 slices

This is another of my maternal grandmother's recipes. I've changed it a bit, not least substituting dark rum for her juice and zest…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 12

I know it might sound a bit of a faff, but take it from me that stuffing a whole double breast joint is very much easier than stuffing…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Makes about 12 fat slices

I know the recipe looks finicky, and I can’t promise it’s a doddle, but it works easily and you will soon find you are…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Yield 10-12 slices

This cake. It confounds me. It delights me. I never ever thought I would be in raptures about the joyfulness of a – yes –…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Makes enough for 2 cups

Well, how could I resist? A friend gave me this gorgeously named concoction – hot chocolate with peppermint schnapps in it,…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 4-6

While I was tempted to call this Italian Toast, rather than the almost tactless Panettone French Toast, I felt the latter title had…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 8-10

The sprout recipe below is really only a slight detour from the traditional route. By all means, stick to the orthodox if you prefer…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Makes approx. 24

I love these dark, fat patties of chocolate shortbread exuberantly topped with festive sprinkles. There’s something so cheering…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 8-10

Sometimes, it makes sense to use one’s obsessions to advantage. I know that most people don’t have trivial light-bulb…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 12

I've long been tinkering about with a bottle of Bailey's, seeing how it could best be called upon in the kitchen, and I think, with…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 8-10

When I was a child, I don’t think fresh cranberries were ever seen in England. For me, cranberry sauce came out of a jar –…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Yield approx. 1.5 litres / 1.5 quart

Although I call this chilli jam, I don't mean by this that it's the sort of thing you'd spread on your toast at breakfast (though…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 10-16 with turkey as part of the Christmas feast

I couldn't have Christmas lunch without bread sauce: just the smell of the milk, infusing on the hob, giving off that familiar scent…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Makes about 12 slices

This cake is magnificent in its damp blackness. I can't say that you can absolutely taste the stout in it, but there is certainly…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 8-12

There is something so magnificent about a whole pumpkin stuffed with jewelled rice, that it doesn’t really need too many side…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 8-10

This is incredibly easy to make; even if you're stressed out, it won't topple you over into nervous collapse. It's such an accommodating…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Makes 24 bars

It’s not that I felt my usual Rocky Road Crunch Bars needed any improvement (though fiddling with recipes is one of life’s…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Makes enough for 8-12 people

Generally speaking, the best gravies are made by deglazing a joint’s cooking juices in the roasting tin, but, with a brined…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 10

Many cultures use food that resembles money – lentils for coins, saffron for gold – in celebratory meals, to invoke a…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 12-14

I don't think I could write a book that didn't include a recipe for trifle somewhere - and this, I tell you, is the trifle to end…Read on

Posted by Harry12345      Serves 24-30

These are Greek Christmas cookies which are very simple to make and I thought were very appropriate due to the time of year, but of…Read on

Posted by loup      Serves serves 15ish - depends how thi

A cake that can be made up to a week before Christmas.Read on

Posted by GoddessKitchen      Serves 12 cupcakes

Christmas cupcakes with a mincemeat centre. These little cupcakes would be an ideal alternative for kids who don't like the traditional…Read on

Posted by nwiland      Serves 10

At this time of year, I like to make cakes with spices. I love the smell that spreads in the house when I bake. This spice cake is…Read on

Posted by antje      Serves 8-10

This is a typical german christmas cake. There are a lot of recipes but I take this recipe now for years and without this stollen…Read on

Posted by Crafty Cookie      Serves 4

A light delicious traditional pudding, best served with hot custard, whipped double cream or brandy butter. Traditionally steamed…Read on

Posted by Patrizia      Serves 0

A fruity non-alcoholic punch to serve during festive events. Ideal for children or indeed those who may be driving to your party but…Read on

Posted by Shyvas      Serves 8

Free from: dairy, wheat, gluten and soya; can be egg and nut free; no added sugarRead on

Posted by Buffy      Serves 4-6

This is a delicious Christmas Pudding for countries that have Christmas in Summer!Read on

Posted by AnLi      Serves 40 - 60

We make these, or a variation of these every Christmas in Finland where I live.Read on

Posted by liv      Serves 0

I don't know if these are typically Norwegian, but in my family we've made them for years. In my mothers handwritten recipe book she…Read on

Posted by AnLi      Serves 30 - 50

I posted a "borrowed" recipe for Gingerbread cookies in an earlier thread, and promised to add my family's traditional recipe as soon…Read on

Posted by kitchengirl      Serves 8

'Cakes' mentioned Traditional Christmas Cakes in a thread so I'm adding this one to the recipe list! It's from Australian Good Taste,…Read on

Posted by KiwiDeb      Serves About 20 serves.

Based on Nigella's Easy Action Xmas cake, but adapted for my clients with food sensitivities, and chestnut puree not found in NZ.…Read on

Posted by cookiesandcats      Serves 6

Christmas cookies.Read on

Posted by CatPoet      Serves as required

This is how we used to cure a ham in my house when I was young. I love it more then ready cured ham in the store.Read on

Posted by rosiecammish      Serves 5 jars

Mince pies have always been the first treat of the festive season in my household. However, I have always dreaded coming acoss a bitter…Read on

Posted by thecrazyartist      Serves as many as needed

Express and instant mouthfuls of Christmas treats.Read on

Posted by kmumby      Serves Makes 3 good sized rolls
Posted by christmasdreamer      Makes One Christmas Turkey

This is a family traditional recipe. Usually everybody loves it very much. I hope you do too!Read on

Posted by franvama@libero.it      Makes 1 large glass jar

Perfect with roasted or boiled meat.Read on

Posted by gine67      Serves 4

Looking for more Christmas recipes? have a look at these Thanksgiving recipes, Christmas dessert recipes and Christmas cookie recipes