18 Make-ahead Dessert Recipes

Hosting a dinner party, having friends over for lunch or bringing a pudding to a foodie gathering? Make the most of one of these make-ahead dessert recipes to save yourself on time and stress on the day. We have 18 mouth-watering options, from luxuriously creamy cheesecakes, all the way through to buttery tarts generous with filling. 

Velvet Chocolate Torte by Mary Berry

Velvet Chocolate Torte from Mary Berry at Home by Mary Berry

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Amalfi Lemon Tart

Amalfi Lemon Tart from My Simple Italian by Theo Randall

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Nigella Lawson's No-Churn Pomegranate Ice Cream

No Churn Pomegranate Ice Cream from Nigella Express by Nigella Lawson

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Peanut Butter chocolate fondant

Peanut Butter Chocolate Fondant from Step-by-Step Desserts by DK Publishing

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Peach Frangipane Tart

Peach Frangipane Tart from The Great British Bake Off: How to Turn Everyday Bakes into Showstoppers by Linda Collister

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Prodigious Pavlova

Prodigious Pavlova from Nigella Christmas by Nigella Lawson

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For more irresistible pavlovas, have a look at our collection of best-ever pavlova recipes

Salted Caramel, Poached Pear and Chocolate Tray Bake

Salted Caramel, Poached Pear and Chocolate Drizzle Tray Bake from Meringue Girls Cookbook

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Fresh Strawberry Tartlets

Fresh Strawberry Tartlets from Mary Berry Everyday by Mary Berry

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Celeste Praline Cheesecake

Celeste Praline Cheesecake from The Little Book of Chocolat by Joanne Harris & Fran Warde

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Salted caramel profiteroles

Salted Caramel and Chocolate Cream Profiteroles from The Great British Bake Off: Christmas by  Lizzie Kamenetzky

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Pannacotta with limoncello

Pannacotta al Limoncello from Valvona & Crolla: A Year at an Italian Table by Mary & Philip Contini

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Ginger Chocolate Pot

Ginger Chocolate Pot from The Good Cook by Simon Hopkinson

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Raspberry Ricotta Cheesecake

Twice-baked Raspberry Ricotta Cheesecake with a Thyme Crust from Konditor & Cook by Gerhard Jenne

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Pecan brownies

Pecan Brownies from Gail's Artisan Bakery Cookbook by Roy Levy

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Coffee Ice Cream

Coffee Ice Cream from At Elizabeth David's Table by Elizabeth David

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Vanilla Creme Brulee

Vanilla Crème Brûlée from My Kitchen Table: 100 Recipes for Entertaining by Raymond Blanc

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Almond Tart

Almond Tart from Rick Stein's Long Weekends by Rick Stein

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Brownie pudding

Brownie Pudding with Sea-salted Caramel, Tea, and Figs from Chocolate: Indulge your Inner Chocoholic by Dom Ramsey

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