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Alternative christmas cakes/desserts?

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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

BlueChampagne Thu 13-Dec-12 15:17:14

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.

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