Ten Perfect Desserts for the Holidays

Thursday 16 December 2021


Ten Perfect Desserts for the Holidays


Hi everyone!  I thought it would be really fun today to share a few simple ideas and recipes for desserts for the holidays.  These are all very easy desserts to make.  Delicious and yet uncomplicated! 

You know me, I am all about getting in and out of the kitchen as quickly as I can with the least amount of mess and fuss necessary.  We are all very busy during the holiday season but we all also want to serve food that looks and tastes good to our families!  

These desserts are perfect for this time of year.  Simple to make. Most can be made ahead of time and all are quite delicious. Whether you choose to serve them on the festive day itself or on the days surrounding the big day, one thing is certain, everyone of these is engineered for your utmost pleasure and enjoyment!!! 

Pear and Ginger Trifle

PEAR AND GINGER TRIFLE -  This is a really simple dessert to make. You can increase the numbers or decrease very easily as desired.  You want to use a good store bought ginger cake/loaf for this.  

Layered with tinned pears, Eau de Vie (pear  brandy, optional), custard and whipped cream. It doesn't get tastier or easier than this simple dessert. 

Salted Caramel Pavlova

SALTED CARAMEL PAVLOVA - I think Pavlova's have to be one of the easiest desserts going! This one is no exception. Its incredibly lush and rich and delicious. 

With its crisp meringue base with that lovely  marshmallow-like insides, topped with billowing whipped cream and topped with a mix of caramel and chocolate drizzles as well as caramelized almonds, this simple dessert elicits oohs and aahs every time I serve it! 

Apple and Mincemeat Pudding

MINCEMEAT AND APPLE PUDDING - A layer of sweet cooked apple is topped with a rich mincemeat cake batter prior to baking to perfection. 

Served warm with either warm custard sauce, lashings of heavy cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream, this always goes down a real treat!  

Baby Sticky Toffee Pudding Cakes

BABY STICKY TOFFEE PUDDING CAKES - This is a personal favorite and something I baked often for dinner parties when I cooked at the Manor. 

One of the reasons I love it so much is that you can totally bake the cakes ahead of time, simply napping them with the sticky toffee sauce and reheating when it is time to serve. Of course you will want to serve lashings of cream with these for the ultimate taste experience!  

Christmas Gingerbread Roll

CHRISTMAS GINGERBREAD ROLL - What could be nicer than a sweet spiced gingerbread cake rolled around a lush lemon and cream filling. 

Your kitchen will SMELL like Christmas while the cake part is baking. Don't let the idea of making a rolled cake intimidate you. This is very easy to make and soooo delicious!  

Festive Apple Dumplings with Spiced Creme Anglaise

FESTIVE APPLE DUMPLINGS WITH SPICED CREME ANGLAISE - Mincemeat stuffed apples are baked in a wrapping of puff pastry until nice and soft. 

Served warm with a lush spicy custard sauce, these always go down a real treat, and they are very simple to make as well. These are simply beautiful. 

Christmas Pudding Sundaes
CHRISTMAS PUDDING SUNDAES -  Crumbled Christmas pudding, warmed up with some mulled wine and layered in glass dishes with a good Vanilla Ice cream.  Toasted almonds are sprinkled on top. 

Don't let the simplicity of this fool you into thinking its not something special!  

Vanilla, Cardamom and Lemon Pudding

VANILLA, LEMON & CARDAMOM PUDDINGSomething incredibly beautiful happens to a simple vanilla pudding when you add the flavours of cardamom and lemon.  It becomes WOW!   

Served with a waffle cookie or two and this is a really special dessert that you can totally make ahead of time as you wish.  The less stress involved on the day the better I say!  

Vanilla Sauced Bread Pudding

VANILLA SAUCED BREAD PUDDING - This is a delicious pudding.  Its studded with plenty of fruit and nuts. 

Included is the recipe for a deliciously rich vanilla sauce which you spoon over when serving. Recipe can be doubled easily.   

Traditional English Trifle

TRADITIONAL ENGLISH TRIFLE - This is what I think I am making this year. My family have never had it and  I think its something they would enjoy! 

You can totally make it the day ahead, ready to serve, chilled from the refrigerator on the day. I have never had anyone turn down a bowl of this! 

So there you have it. Ten deliciously perfect desserts to serve during the holidays, be it on the big day itself, or just a day when you have cause for celebration!  All simple and easy to make. All very festive, and all delicious! It doesn't get much better than this!  

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  1. They all look delicious. Hard to choose but I'm leaning towards mincemeat and apple pudding or lemon and cardamon pudding. The traditional trifle looks delightful, too. Love and hugs, Elaine

    1. I can promise you that they are all delicious Elaine. I am not sure I could pick just one, but I'm going to have to! I think I may do the sticky toffee puds because I can do them well ahead of time and have them in the freezer ready to go! Love and hugs, xoxo

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  3. I think I’ll check out the Apple and mincemeat dessert. I made the mincemeat cakes Mary Berry’s recipe ,and my husband liked the combo so I think he’ll go for this.

    1. Oh, I think you are going to enjoy it Angharad! So happy your husband enjoys the combination! xoxo


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