This week instead of posting a new recipe I’m bringing you a compilation of some of my most popular Christmas recipes from over the past few years. This will give you lots of ideas of things to treat family and friends to this Christmas. I don’t know about you but I’ve not yet had time to plan any of the food I’ll be serving over the next few weeks, there’s just too much to do isn’t there! But there are definitely some foods that it wouldn’t be Christmas without. Here’s a collection of Christmas favourites old and new. All of them will be showing up on my table over the next few weeks.
Everyone loves a nibble at Christmas and my Spicy Roast Almonds and Pecans are easy to devour. I love just having a bowl of them on the side in the sitting room.
Another fantastic Christmas nibble, perfect for a Christmas movie night, is my Christmas Cookie Popcorn. If you’ve never flavoured your own popcorn before then give this a go. It’s really easy and loads more interesting than the shop bought kind!
I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about a Christmas Day breakfast recipe to post this year. Next week I’ll be posting the recipe for my Candied Peel, Apricot and Marzipan Snowflake Bread. It’s the perfect make ahead breakfast and I spent ages planning it to get it perfect. It’s special enough for the big day but is also quick to prepare and even comes with a chocolate alternative for all you chocolate fans out there.
For me the best bit of Christmas dinner is the sides that go with the turkey. My Cranberry Sauce is really quick to make which I was grateful for one year as we totally forgot about it until the turkey was out of the oven!
My two other favourite sides have to be my Sage, Apple and Sausagemeat Stuffing and my Christmas Spiced Braised Red Cabbage. All three of these recipes can be made well in advance and frozen. In fact, I’ve already got the red cabbage in the freezer, ready to go.
If you need an alternative to Christmas pudding then my Chocolate Cream Pots tick all the right boxes. They are so indulgently chocolatey that your guests will never know that they are easy to make and didn’t break the bank! And the gold stars add that bit of extra sparkle to the big day.
Alternatively you could try my Starry Night Trifle. This has only been on the blog a couple of weeks but has already had loads of page views.
And if you are really pushed for time, or end up having an impromptu dinner party (the best sort!) then my Affogato will save the day. It must be one of the quickest desserts to prepare but is definitely in my top 10! If children are with you then they will love ice cream drizzled with my Three Ingredient Hot Chocolate Sauce and some Christmas sprinkles.
I married into a family in which the adults open their stockings in the evenings once the kids are in bed. Do you still have a stocking? I’m definitely not ready to give mine up yet! And it’s actually really nice opening it at the end of the day. It’s something to look forward to and you can take your time and enjoy it. However you spend Christmas evening, it’s the perfect opportunity to sneak in a glass or two of my rich and creamy Eggnog.
And for Boxing Day? My Perfect Christmas Ham will definitely be on the menu. I love a Christmas ham and always cook one big enough to last a few days.
After all the festivities I’ll be hoping to head into Derbyshire for a treck over the moors. The Derbyshire Moors are probably my favourite place ever. The perfect place to walk off all that glorious indulgence!