The best (still boozy) alternatives to Christmas pudding

Not everyone is a fan of the classic Christmas pudding so why force it? Stick with the boozy element but try something a little new with our pick of the best boozy cakes and puddings to enjoy this festive season. These recipes are a wonderful celebration of Christmas flavours and ingredients. Nigella shares her five-spice and ginger bundt cake, Ottolenghi has a brandy, prune and walnut number and we're drooling over The Ethicurean's Milk Stout and Chocolate Steamed Pudding. Or for something a little different, Jamie's limoncello twist on the classic tiramisu is so worth the effort. Whatever it is, we've got you covered.

  Prune Cake with Armagnac from SWEET by Yotam Ottolenghi & Helen Goh

Ottolenghi and Helen Goh's Prune Cake recipe from Sweet combines brandy and walnuts in a deliciously boozy and decadent festive dessert. 

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Brandied Plum Cake from Downtime: Deliciousness at Home by Nadine Levy-Redzepi

Nadine Levy-Redzepi's Brandied Plum Cake from her cookbook Downtime: Deliciousness at Home is an irresistible cross between cake, crumble and pudding. As Nadine says, "It’s the kind of thing I serve when I know we will be sitting around the table for some time after the main course, talking, drinking wine, maybe having a little cheese. Once we’ve digested a bit, I would bring this out." Perfect for Christmas.

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The best boozy cakes and puddings to enjoy this Christmas sloe gin jellies six minute showstoppers

Six Minute Sloe Gin Jellies from Six-Minute Showstoppers by Sarah Rainey

These festive ruby-coloured jellies come with a health warning, says Sarah Rainey: "they’re seeeriously alcoholic". Studded with blackberries, these sloe gin and cranberry jellies will certainly warm the spirits. 

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

Turn your favourite festive tipple into a crowd-pleasing cheesecake with Sarah Rainey's fast and simple recipe. Prefect for getting ahead on your dessert for the big day, it'll keep for up to two months in the freezer.

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The best boozy cakes and puddings to enjoy this Christmas boozy caribbean pear cake One Pot Vegan by Roxy Pope & Ben Pook

Boozy Caribbean Pear Cake from One Pot Vegan by Roxy Pope & Ben Pook

Pear and dark rum take pride of place in this spin on a classic Caribbean cake. Packed with warming cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg, this is a great vegan Christmas pudding alternative.

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best boozy christmas puddings quince brandy trifle georgina hayden taverna

Quince, Brandy and Walnut Trifle from Taverna: Recipes From a Cypriot Kitchen by Georgina Hayden

This Cypriot-inspired trifle is layered with brandy and syrup-soaked sponge, poached fruit in jelly, chopped spoon sweets, custard, and a cream layer on top to make it even more of a showstopper. You may not often cook with quince but its wonderful perfumed flavour really adds something special here – track down some quince or swap in pears if you like.

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walnut cake with brandy

Walnut Cake from The Food of Spain by Claudia Roden

Claudia Roden's mouthwatering Walnut Cake is spiked with brandy syrup, making for a deliciously nutty, boozy and moist dessert. Inspired by her travels around Spain, this is an Asturian recipe from her cookbook, The Food of Spain.

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mary berry trifle

Cheat’s Christmas Apricot Trifle from Mary Berry's Absolute Favourites by Mary Berry

Mary Berry's Cheat’s Christmas Apricot Trifle is an easy, make-ahead dessert from Mary Berry's Absolute Favourites. A great Christmas recipe to have up your sleeve.

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plum pudding bombe

Plum Pudding Bombe from Perfect Host by Felicity Cloake

Plum Pudding Bombe from Felicity Cloake's Perfect Host is the perfect alternative to Christmas pudding. This delicious, chocolate dessert recipe is perfect for entertaining a crowd and can be make a few weeks in advance and kept in the freezer.

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Limoncello Tiramisù from Jamie Cooks Italy by Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver's Limoncello Tiramisù from his cookbook Jamie Cooks Italy, combining vanilla mascarpone, crushed cherries and white chocolate, is a decadent twist on the classic. 

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milk stout chocolate pudding

Milk Stout and Chocolate Steamed Pudding from The Ethicurean Cookbook by The Ethicurean

From The Ethicurean Cookbook, this Milk Stout and Chocolate Steamed Pudding recipe packs a huge punch of flavour. Dark cocoa enhanced with a deep beer flavour, combined in a pudding and served with lashings of double cream? We think it should be a new British classic.

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steamed marmalade sponge

Steamed Marmalade Sponge from Bread, Cake, Doughnut, Pudding by Justin Gellatly

For a tasty (but nevertheless boozy) alternative to traditional Christmas pudding, try this moist, light, rich and warming Steamed Marmalade Sponge from Justin Gellatly's Bread, Cake, Doughnut, Pudding.

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Cider & Five-Spice Bundt Cake from Simply Nigella by Nigella Lawson

This beautiful Cider & Five-Spice Bundt Cake from Nigella Lawson's Simply Nigella is deceptively simple to make and looks super impressive. Perfect for Christmas.

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