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Christmas Dessert Recipes

Celebrate the feast of Christmas: this is the time when overindulgence is not just encouraged, it is pretty well ordained. But it also needs to be relished. So don't quibble over cake now: consider, deeply, pie crammed with nuts and gooey with eggy, amber caramel; all that is richly fruited, warmly spiced, luscious with chocolate beckons.

For even more easy Christmas recipes have a look at these simple Christmas turkey alternative recipes and Christmas cakes

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      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      Makes 18 mini pavs

Because of the fruit - and the cream, for that matter - these are not cheap to make, but I always have a stash of egg whites in my…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

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      Serves 8-10

I am inordinately proud of this, and am not ashamed to say so. I have long been a pava-holic but this is my first venture into a fruit-free…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      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

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 6

My children love a chocolate chip cookie so gooey on the inside that I can’t really make the outside firm enough to let the…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 4

Syllabub is one of those ethereal, dreamy confections which seem at odds with the description 'pudding'. But this scented, whipped…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      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 approx. 12 slices

This is somewhat of an Anglo-American enterprise. I have taken a pecan pie, and added other nuts, simply because for me, the English…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 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      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      Serves 8

It's not hard to think of a pudding that can be made in advance. But mostly the advantage is simply that all the effort is upfront…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 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      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      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 10 fat slices

This is the fruity blonde sister to that brunette temptress, my chocolate fruit cake from Nigella Christmas. It delivers, as promised,…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 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

I confess: it was the title that lured me. Tell me you don’t feel the same. I came across this in a recipe by Elinor Klivans,…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

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