Easy make-ahead Christmas dessert recipes

Taking time to plan your Christmas feast is probably the number one rule if you want to make sure the festive season runs smoothly. Ordering the turkey in advance, planning your Christmas menu, delegating tasks and prepping as much ahead as possible is definitely the best way to enjoy the day itself. You can at least start thinking with these make-ahead Christmas dessert recipes. Take the stress out of Christmas and get it done and dusted before the big day arrives. Here are our favourite festive puddings, pies and sweet treats. 

jamie winter bombe

Winter Bombe from Jamie Oliver's Christmas Cookbook by Jamie Oliver

Jamie's Winter Bombe from Jamie Oliver's Christmas Cookbook is an easy make-ahead alternative to traditional Christmas pudding, featuring festive flavours of panettone and a chocolate sauce.

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meringue roulade

Meringue Roulade with Rose Petals and Fresh Raspberries from Plenty More by Yotam Ottolenghi

You can't go wrong with Ottolenghi's Meringue Roulade with Rose Petals and Fresh Raspberries from Plenty More. As Yotam says; "Light, pretty, festive and special, this can pull off the trick of being either the Christmas Yule log (without the chocolate or the sponge) or the perfect pudding for a midsummer lunch".

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make ahead desserts christmas Six-Minute Baileys Cheesecake six minute showstoppers sarah rainey

Six-Minute Baileys Cheesecake from Six-Minute Showstoppers by Sarah Rainey

This frozen cheesecake celebrates everyone's favourite Christmas liqueur. It'll take you just six minutes to prepare and it's a great way to use up that last bit of Baileys. 

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barbados custard ice cream

Barbados Custard Ice Cream from La Grotta Ices by Kitty Travers

For something a little lighter, but definitely decadent, make your own ice cream. This Barbados Custard Ice Cream from La Grotta Ices is a wonderful combination of vanilla and rum. Great alongside a Christmas pudding too. 

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chocolate peanut butter pie

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie from Primrose Bakery Christmas by Martha Swift

This Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie from Primrose Bakery Christmas is a delicious combination of chocolate, Oreos and peanut butter, and a great Christmas dessert alternative.

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boozy trifle recipe

Nan's Too-Boozy Trifle from Luke's Cookbook by Luke Thomas

For something much more traditional, try "Nan's Too-Boozy Trifle" from Luke's Cookbook. Start it a couple of days before and allow the flavours to get better and better.

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chocolate bundt cake

Spiced Chocolate Bundt Cake from The Great British Bake Off: Christmas by Lizzie Kamenetzky

Bake Off winner, Edd Kimber's Spiced Chocolate Bundt Cake also from The Great British Bake Off: Christmas is a beautiful spiced chocolate cake that can be prepared ahead and frozen.

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