Mouth-Watering Alternatives to Christmas Pudding

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.

Frozen Espresso Parfait for a Crowd by Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh

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.

 
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Éclair Roll by Nadiya Hussain

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.

Winter Bombe by Jamie Oliver

With festive flavours of panettone and Vin Santo, the Winter Bombe from Jamie Oliver's Christmas Cookbook 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! 

Cinnamon Pavlova with Praline Cream and Fresh Figs 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.

Chocolate and Salted Dulce de Leche Tart by Jemima Jones & Lucy Carr-Ellison 

If you're planning on making this utterly delicious chocolate and dulce de leche tart from A Love of Eating: Recipes from Tart London, 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. 

Giant Macaron Cake by Nadine Levy Redzepi

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.

Chocolate and Irish Cream Roulade by Mary Berry

It wouldn't be Christmas without chocolate, and this dessert from Mary Berry Cooks the Perfect 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. 

Banoffee Alaska Almond Pastry, Caramel, Bananas & Vanilla Ice Cream by Jamie Oliver

This recipe from Jamie Oliver's Christmas Cookbook 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 by Yotam Ottolenghi

Ottolenghi's beautifully decorative meringue roulade from Plenty More 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.  

 

Yotam Ottolenghi

Yotam is a chef, cookery writer and restaurant owner. Yotam spends much of his time creating and testing recipes for his column in the Guardian, on-going cookery books and programmes for television.

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