Let's face it, though it may be traditional, Christmas pudding is not everyone's cup of tea. If you're looking for a festive dessert that's a little different this year, look no further than these delicious alternatives.
With rich creamy coffee parfait set between chocolate meringue and topped with crunchy praline and a caramel whisky sauce, this recipe from SWEET is a seriously grown up festive centrepiece.
Let the good times roll this Christmas with this crowd-pleaser from Nadiya's Family Favourites. A cross between an éclair and a Swiss roll, it'll be top of any chocoholic's wish list this Christmas.
This Cypriot-inspired trifle is layered with sponge, poached fruit in jelly, chopped spoon sweets, custard, and a cream layer on top to make it even more of a showstopper. Georgina recommends replacing the quince with pears or apples if you can’t get hold of them and to decorate it "as extravagantly as you wish".
With festive flavours of panettone and Vin Santo, this Winter Bombe cake is also a great make-ahead dessert with only 20 minutes of preparation time. Simply assemble the gorgeous line-up of ingredients, freeze and then pour a divine chocolate sauce over the top when you're ready to serve. Showstoppers don't get much easier!
Caramel Plum Sundae with Pink Peppercorn Nut Brittle from Ainsley's Caribbean Kitchen by Ainsley Harriott
Soft, sweet plums, caramelly dulce de leche, a hint of spice and peppery brittle for a lovely crunchy texture, this sundae is something special. Served up in little glasses for a wonderful Christmas dessert.
Cinnamon Pavlova with Praline Cream and Fresh Figs from SWEET by Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh
With a suitably festive cinnamon-flavoured meringue matched with the fresh and earthy flavour of figs and a praline cream, this drool-worthy pavlova from SWEET will not fail to impress your Christmas Day guests.
If you're planning on making this utterly delicious chocolate and dulce de leche tart, make sure to leave extra room because it is impossible to not want a second slice. If Christmas is all about indulging, then this dessert ticks all the boxes.
From Nadine Levy Redzepi's debut cookbook, Downtime, comes this awe-inspiring Giant Macaron Cake. Far from the earthy tones of a Christmas pud, this fabulous fuschia centrepiece is a striking departure from tradition.
It wouldn't be Christmas without chocolate, and this dessert not only features a rich dark chocolate sponge but is finished with a decorative drizzle of white chocolate too. It's also another make-ahead option that you can pop in the freezer and defrost before the big day.
This recipe is an absolutely stunning way to round-off your Christmas feast, with its tantalising medley of rich flavours and textures, from caramel to lime-spiked bananas and a delicious crown of meringue. Much of the recipe can be prepared in advance, giving you more time to relax and enjoy yourself on Christmas afternoon.
Meringue Roulade with Rose Petals and Fresh Raspberries from Plenty More by Yotam Ottolenghi
Ottolenghi's beautifully decorative meringue roulade is a refreshing twist on a more traditional chocolate yule log, replacing the sponge and chocolate with an irresistible layer of mascarpone cream and elegantly topped with raspberries, pistachios and rose petals.