5 Festive Recipes to Get Ahead for Christmas

It's never too early to start planning for the ultimate foodie Christmas, especially when certain festive treats need to mature to be at their best. Here are 5 things we're making now in preparation for the tastiest day of the year.

Christmas Cake from Nigella Christmas by Nigella Lawson

Everyone knows that a good, rich Christmas cake needs to be make quite some time in advance. With pecan nuts, ground almonds and a generous glug of bourbon, Nigella Lawson's Traditional Christmas Cake from the Nigella Christmas cookbook is one of our favourite recipes. 

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Christmas Pudding from The Great British Bake Off: Winter Kitchen by Lizzie Kamenetzky

This Christmas pudding recipe from The Great British Bake Off: Winter Kitchen cookbook is rich, dark and packed full of boozy fruits. Make yours at least a month in advance, then let it mature in a cool, dark place until Christmas Day. Don’t forget to make a wish as you stir the pudding mixture!

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Mincemeat from Let's Preserve It by Beryl Wood

For extra-special mince pies this Christmas, homemade mincemeat is an essential that requires a good few weeks of maturing. It's a preserve that has so many variations it is difficult to know where to start. In this recipe from Beryl Wood's Let's Preserve It, she offers 6 different variations to choose from!

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Christmas Chutney from The Great British Bake Off: Winter Kitchen by Lizzie Kamenetzky

Everyone needs a good recipe for a Christmas chutney to eat with cheese and this Apple and Sultana Chutney certainly doesn't disappoint. Robust and tangy, with a mellow hint of mustard seeds and juicy plump sultanas, it is best eaten after maturing for a few weeks in a cool, dark place.

Buy your copy of The Great British Bake Off: Winter Kitchen here.

Membrillo (Quince Jelly) from Tapas Revolution by Omar Allibhoy

A delicious festive preserve that goes particularly well with cheeses such as Spanish Manchego, this foolproof recipe from Omar Allibhoy's Tapas Revolution also makes a lovely gift. Quinces are ripe for the picking around the end of October.

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