Alternative christmas cakes/desserts?

(73 Posts)
AuntieMaggie Wed 12-Dec-12 16:31:35

I want to make something cakey/desserty for christmas that isn't christmas puuding, christmas cake, etc... any ideas?

betterwhenthesunshines Wed 12-Dec-12 16:42:19

Chocolate log (any swiss roll recipe)

Chocolate and chestnut tart?

A good treacly gingerbread will keep for ages ( the gooey kind, although a crispy gingerbread house is good fun too)

HoHoHoHum Wed 12-Dec-12 16:46:49

I am making Ma Buche details Noel which involves meringue, chocolate mousse & poached pears... Was recommended on the Poncetastic thread I think. I don't like Xmas pudding so am looking forward to the possibility of cooking something I'd enjoy eating! shock

YeahThatsTheBadger Wed 12-Dec-12 16:53:38

Chocolate roulade. Made it last year and will be making it again. I think it's a Great British Bake Off or Mary Berry recipe.

cazza2878 Wed 12-Dec-12 22:24:19

I did choc roulade last year too and was a big hit so Im also planning to do it again. Think it was Mary berry recipe from a newspaper pull out.

OhTheConfusion Wed 12-Dec-12 23:28:19

Clementine and cranberry panacotta is lovely... the fruit went all sticky yummy!

amck5700 Wed 12-Dec-12 23:31:01

Sticky Toffee Pudding?

AlohaMama Thu 13-Dec-12 04:31:12

Women's hour this morning had Nigella talking about an alternative Christmas dessert. Sounded ridiculously easy, quite decadant and festive looking. here

theressomethingaboutmarie Thu 13-Dec-12 05:04:43

Nigella gives a hot chocolate pudding recipe in her Christmas book that meets with DD's (5) approval grin

PurplePidjChickIsNotTheMessiah Thu 13-Dec-12 06:40:07

I'm planning a Christmas Cheesecake - digestive biscuit base, layer of mincemeat, vanilla cheesecake, caramelised fruit to decorate. Might infuse the cheesecake bit with Christmassy spices like cloves, cinnamon etc but might be a bit much...

UntamedShrew Thu 13-Dec-12 06:49:38

On Xmas eve I do a messy festive pavlova type thing - a big swirly meringue base then top with whipped cream flavoured with cinnamon. Then festoon with blackberries and pomegranate (looks so pretty) and grated orange zest. Heavenly!

AuntieMaggie Thu 13-Dec-12 10:11:37

Thank you for all these ideas... yummy

superwhizzynewlaptop Thu 13-Dec-12 10:46:14

I am going to make this, no cooking involved, just assembly on Xmas Eve

Xmas bombe

sieglinde Thu 13-Dec-12 11:52:35

My dcs hate Christmas pudding and also loathe chocolate. confused

So I normally make homemade utterly fresh mince pies with brandy butter.

wheredidiputchristmas Thu 13-Dec-12 12:36:37

We will do cheesecake and a simple fruit salad.

AmberSocks Thu 13-Dec-12 12:45:35

i never have xmas pudding its disgusting,also hate fruit cake.

Just have anything that is fabulous and special!

Lilymaid Thu 13-Dec-12 12:52:19

Chocolate Roulade (again)I use the Delia recipe - haven't tried Mary Berry's.

Quenelle Thu 13-Dec-12 12:59:23

I make Mary Berry's Victorian Christmas Cake every year. In fact I will make two this year because DH eats it all it goes down so well.

It's not your traditional boozy fruit cake, it's a much lighter sponge with apricots and pineapple in, as well as sultanas and chopped glace cherries. I think it looks beautiful too.

Yorky Thu 13-Dec-12 13:16:38

My Gran started our traditional Christmas pudding as she got fed up of 'wasting' a burner all morning steaming a pudding which no-one had room to eat!

Whip cream, chop jelly fruits and soak for a bit in sherry, break up ready made meringues, add maraschino/cocktail cherries, choc chips, flaked almonds, angelica (any or all, as you find them in the cupboard/on special offer). Stir all together, put in bowl and freeze.
Serve with chocolate sauce to instead of dark pud with light sauce its the other way around, we love it and it doesn't take up room in your tummy!

Yorky Thu 13-Dec-12 13:19:27

Or sherry trifle
(can you tell Christmas tastes of sherry in my Mum's house?)

A black forest trifle could be nice for Christmas, choc sponge base, cherry pie filling and kirsch, choc custard, cream, decorate with glace cherries
Or chocolate orange, as black forest but with mandarin segments and cointreau instead of cherry layer?


rockinhippy Thu 13-Dec-12 13:20:20

A great big Black Forest Trifle - needs to be HUGE as DH will scoff most of it in one go, he is a total pig when it comes to my triflegrin

we also don't like the traditional Xmas pud - bleughh

rockinhippy Thu 13-Dec-12 13:25:17

Thats very different to my recipe Yorky -

mines good quality choc chip cookies instead of cake as a base, black cherry jelly laced with cherry liqueur & frozen fruits of the forest, (frozen helps it set) then a layer of chocolate custard laced with brandy, topped with whipped cream laced with a splash of vodka & topped off with a big bag of crunched up chocolate flakes smile

JugglingMeYorkiesAndNutRoast Thu 13-Dec-12 15:11:58

That Italian guy was doing a really easy peezy trifle on TV this morning with Pannetone (cut into cubes) at the bottom, lots of cream with marscapone, some masala wine, and raspberries - oh and they also made marsala jelly but I guess you could use other flavours like raspberry or add a spash of masala as it sets ?

Looked yummy smile

Hugh F-W's chestnut & chocolate pud.

LittleAbruzzenBearLovesYuleLog Thu 13-Dec-12 15:21:44

I detest xmas pud, xmas cake and mince pies, so always make an alternative! I usually make a traditional sherry trifle like Yorky and that is always a success.

barristermum Thu 13-Dec-12 15:26:30

Just put this on - made it at the weekend and it went down really well.

winter eton mess

LittleAbruzzenBearLovesYuleLog Thu 13-Dec-12 15:27:02

ps. I am inviting myself to Hoho's house - that pudding sounds superb! Another suggestion, which I admit I have not made yet myself is Mont Blanc;d%7CsjCicOgMlD5tcM:

littleabruzzen - I was at a friends for dinner a few weeks ago and they served up Mont Blanc for dessert. Had a very retro vibe...delicious!

I'm doing almond cake with orange syrup served with homemade Ben & Jerry recipe French Vanilla icecream. Nom nom nom.

Made both before a few times, always turn out gorgeous, really looking forward to this. I'll probably do a trifle too. Ha!

FireOverBethlehem Thu 13-Dec-12 16:28:20

DS and I are having jaffa cake trifle - jaffa cakes instead of sponge, orange jelly, chocolate angel delight instead of custard and dark chocolate Terry's chocolate orange grated on top. 'Tis fab, good for buffets as well.

Hi HoHoHum I posted that recipe though I am no longer poncing! I was going to post that link again here - will make it this year for sure!

I have brought Heston's Xmas pudding as I love Xmas puddings and brandy cream. Forget about the turkey and bits - I am all about the puddings at this time of year. I love real proper homemade cream custard too so will squeeze some of that in..

EdgarAllanPond Thu 13-Dec-12 16:42:37

i made a Cassata the other week- definitely decadent

i used this recipe as a guide Zoe bakes

though i used mascarpone for the frosting rather than ricotta, and made a round cake not bothering with the basket weave finish.

and blue curacao for the orange liquer!!

making pistachio marzipan was actually very easy and it rolls ok, though i should have been careful to sieve the ground pistachios and re-grind to get it really powdery before mixing.

the whole candied peel for the decoration i found in a local pay as you weigh shop.

i think one thing i would do different if i made it again is really soak the sponge in the liquer, and use more lemon/vanilla essence and lemon zest in the frosting.
also i'd probably use sweetened grand marnier for the liquer - or possibly just sweeten the curacao more. since then we've been drinking Blue Dongs and Blue GnT to use it up!

it was nonetheless, a very impressive, delicious and unusual cake.

minderjinx Thu 13-Dec-12 17:22:34

Banofee pie or warm stollen with custard.

DecktheHallswithTroughsofBolly Thu 13-Dec-12 19:01:35

a pudding which is always popular in our house is nougat parfait, simple recipe here or more complex involving cooked meringue

I usually put a mix of nuts, glace fruits and some brandy in mine; i use a mix of lavendar honey and sugar for the boiled syrup

Phineyj Thu 13-Dec-12 19:25:42

I have brandy butter on a sliced banana personally. I can't stand dried fruit but I just love brandy butter!

I have made a really yummy thing before that I got out of one of the newspapers -- it's a pear tart with spicey flavours and caramel.

JugglingMeYorkiesAndNutRoast Thu 13-Dec-12 19:39:54

Ooh, I always loved brandy butter too Phiney - but not so keen on the Pud !

That pear tart sounds bloody good too grin

Are you me in fact ? smile

thebluenailbrush Thu 13-Dec-12 20:18:26

lemon tart with a raspberry compote

4forkssake Thu 13-Dec-12 20:21:15

This sticky toffee cheesecake is gorgeous (if a bit sickly) & pretty easy to make & can be made in advance. Also a bit different from the usual Christmassy puds!

thebluenailbrush Thu 13-Dec-12 20:24:17

or a French pear and almond tart.

thebluenailbrush Thu 13-Dec-12 20:26:01

french pear tart has advantage in that its good also for breakfast and will keep for a few days

PrettyPirate Thu 13-Dec-12 21:22:41

Just found this recipe baileys and chocolate cheesecake, this might be the one for me! Chocolate AND baileys AND cheesecake - can't get any better grin

LapinDeBois Thu 13-Dec-12 21:55:57

Bit of a hijack, but does anyone have suggestions for a pudding that I can freeze, but not to be served frozen IYSWIM? (I'm taking a pudding to MIL's for Boxing Day, but will be doing Christmas for the few days previously, so won't have time to cook at the last minute - but can't keep pudding frozen on the journey.)

runningforme Thu 13-Dec-12 22:05:14

mmm bailey's chocolate cheesecake YUM! I detest dreid fruit in any form, so never eat mince pies or christmas pud. Instead I've made Nigella's peanut butter chocolate chip cheesecake, dutch apple cake with cream and Eaton mess. This year I think I would like to do a salted caramel cheesecake (or maybe a bailey's one now!) Or a really good oaty, nutty, spiced apple crumble with homemade custard......

JugglingMeYorkiesAndNutRoast Thu 13-Dec-12 22:36:31

Ooh, can I come round for some of that apple crumble running smile

ajb123 Thu 13-Dec-12 22:56:20

We always go for a cloutie dumpling. A much lighter alternative to Christmas pudding - its steamed Scottish suet pudding - traditionally done in a cloth - but we go for a pudding basin which is much easier. And its great.

redwellybluewelly Thu 13-Dec-12 23:04:19

Also searching for alternative puddings. This thread is great!

thebluenailbrush Thu 13-Dec-12 23:07:09

lapin lots of cakes can be frozen , a few hours travel time and it should be defrosted. some tarts freeze well. I recently froze a lemon tart and it didn't suffer- even though the packaging said do not freeze (sainsbury's extra special).
chocolate fondants can be frozen. Or make meringue/s way ahead of time and fill on day with a creamy filling of sorts. narrow it down a bit- what sort of thing were you thinking of?

thebluenailbrush Thu 13-Dec-12 23:11:59
runningforme Fri 14-Dec-12 01:02:05

jugglingmeyorkies hop on a plane and join us - we are missing family so much this year that I will have anyone just for a bit more noise and company grin

TyrannosaurusBex Fri 14-Dec-12 08:54:50

I'm being unfaithful to my lovely Nigella and doing Gordon's chocolate cheesecake at the request of the DCs. Will do a Xmas pud for ILs. Needless to say, I'll have both. I'm having a 'do' on the 30th and am doing a dessert table so am taking note of all the great ideas here!

ValerieDavis Fri 14-Dec-12 09:28:56

We just have trifle every year in my house :-)

EdgarAllanPond Fri 14-Dec-12 12:43:17

is there a thread for pictures of cakes?

i have a couple of piccies of cakes to share be smug about

thebluenailbrush Fri 14-Dec-12 13:06:23

try over on baking. lots of regulars share their cake pictures.

LapinDeBois Fri 14-Dec-12 13:25:09

Brilliant, thanks for the Delia link thebluenailbrush. Think I'll go for the Lancaster Lemon Tart, as I love bakewell tart and it sounds similar but different.

lynniep Fri 14-Dec-12 16:19:50

I had a bloody lovely desert at a kids party the other week (it was on the 'grownups' buffet table LOL) Recipe must have been a bit like this I reckon. It didnt have ice-cream on the outside though, it was just pudding shaped and solid. Someone made it and boy it was great/calorie laden. Very boozy/raisiny/creamy.

thebluenailbrush Fri 14-Dec-12 16:30:33

lapin , i looked at the lancaster lemon tart you mentioned as i also love bakwell and its sounds lovely- i'm always looking for things to share with work and i do love a lemon tart.

Wigeon Fri 14-Dec-12 18:30:10

I come from a family of Christmas pudding haters, and for Christmas dinner pudding I'm going to make this Nigella Chestnut ice cream meringue cake. It's really not that difficult and tastes amazing!

AndrewMyrrh Fri 14-Dec-12 19:33:10

We are doing:
Flourless chocolate roulade
Nigella's flourless clementine cake


sieglinde Sat 15-Dec-12 09:55:30

Pavlova. Named for the ballerina. Called 'a lovely pav' in Oz.

Piffpaffpoff Sat 15-Dec-12 10:05:07

Another chocolate roulade fan here. But if you are a bit afraid of rolling it up, Nigella's gooey chocolate stack is a kind of vertical roulade/pavlova kind of thing and the separate parts of it can be made in advance and then just assembled on the day. It is my absolute fave.

HexGirl Sat 15-Dec-12 15:11:22

Inspired by the Nigel Slater webchat this week I'm going to try making this

AuntieMaggie Sat 15-Dec-12 16:23:16

I have an issue with desserts that mix chocolate and fruit...weird i know!

louisianablue2000 Sat 15-Dec-12 17:01:48

Sherry Trifle is a favourite here. Been thinking that Baked Alaska feels suitably wintert as well, although a bit last minute for the big day itself.

Doshusallie Sat 15-Dec-12 17:13:00

Nigella's easy holiday trifle from her feast book is lush, I am making for boxing day.

tb Sat 15-Dec-12 18:07:13

If I want a special cake, I use a choc cake recipe I developed myself - rather than a 2 egg, 60, 60, 60 cake with self-raising flour I do 2 eggs, 60, 60, 60 g plain flour + 2tsp baking powder + 60g melted plain chocolate. ie equal weights of everything. The chocolate is added after mixing the butter/castor sugar and adding the egg yolks only.

I separate the eggs, whisk the whites with cream of tartar and fold in with the flour/baking powder. This cooks in a 10" x 7" tin - enough for 2 layers.

It's then sandwiched with a whipped cream layer, and a truffle fruit layer - ~200/250g of good plain choc with a good slosh - less than 60mls of double/whipping cream whipped until just about milk chocolate colour. To this I generally add raspberries soaked in Cointreau, or blackcurrant with cassis - any combination would work just as well as long as it went with chocolate. This makes the fourth layer.

It's best 'assembled' in something resembling a straight-sided loaf tin - a silicone one would work well - I have one that 'bolts' together at the corners, with a removable base that slides out but the cake often breaks when placing in the base. It's a professional one, but not sure that it's best for the job. The other method is to increase the cake to 3 eggs and use a modern rectangular tin for a 2lb loaf and slice into 3 taking out the middle slice so it fits. However, in a tin that size it tends to crack on the top, so you don't have a 'good' slice for the top.

It's then iced with the choc icing from Larousse Gastronomique. ie plain choc/butter in the proportions of 150g choc to 65g unsalted butter. These are melted together over a bowl of hot water, stirred well, allowed to cool, and then either poured over the cake - need a tray to catch drips to re-pour, or whipped with a balloon whisk until milk choc colour but not too much, when it can be spread like a frosting. You can then roll the sides in grated white chocolate etc chopped nuts and leave the tops plain etc. Hides slightly dodgy plastering - very forgiving really.

Can be cut into slices and frozen individually, so you can eat just 1 slice at a time if you don't want too much. Or even half a slice.

Must post in recipes one of these days - it's been on mumsnet loads of time.

hermioneweasley Sat 15-Dec-12 18:10:15

Marking my place . Am planning a meringue/cream/chestnut/ chocolate combo

tb Sat 15-Dec-12 18:23:32

Blue do you use Lenotre's recipe for your pear amandine?

His I can do from a standing start in 60 mins on a good day. The pastry freezes, the creme patissiere freezes, the creme amandine freezes. Then once baked, the whole tart or slices of it freezes.

Not much gets left in our house - even our 18 year old Maine Coon has a sweet tooth and will cadge scone with jam, cake etc etc. She's never been fat, just wants a taste to feel part of the family.

tb Sat 15-Dec-12 18:38:48

Hermione years ago, woman/woman's own did a 'nut party gateau'. It would have been published between 1969 and 1972.

It was basically a 3 egg sandwich cake with vanilla essence cut into 3 layers. There were then 2 layers of meringue - softish. Cornflour was added to the meringue, but it wasn't as chewy as a Pavlova one. You could add chopped marrons glacés to it to give texture. It was then slathered - no other word - over the top + sides with a butter cream that had chestnut purée added to it. We tried it once or twice, but found it too sickly.

It might work better with a rather 'bitter choc' flavour chocolate cake to cut the sickliness.

I changed it to coffee walnut, with chopped walnuts in the meringue, coffee sponge, and coffee butter cream and decorated the top with walnut halves instead of marrons glacés.

I can dig it out if you want more details - does that sound like the sort of thing you are looking for?

StoneBaby Sat 15-Dec-12 19:23:45

Every year I make this Sticky toffee pud It's a quick one to make in one pot and I als ofreeze it up to a month in advance.

QuickQuickSleigh Sat 15-Dec-12 19:52:02

Sticky date pudding?

Scheherezade Sat 15-Dec-12 23:16:48

I'm making a massive pyramid of profiteroles with baileys whipped cream filling, with hot chocolate sauce poured over the top.

thebluenailbrush Sun 16-Dec-12 08:52:35

scheh that sounds really lovely!
tb never heard of lenotre!

Snog Sun 16-Dec-12 10:01:53

My mum makes an amazing christmas pudding icecream sometimes

Charltonangel Mon 17-Dec-12 10:17:13

Slice a pannetone (Marks's have got theirs on offer at the moment I think), fry in butter and serve with some dried apricots soaked in booze or juice and ice cream. Amazing grin

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