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12 Recipes You Need This Christmas

Finding fresh inspiration for your Christmas menu can be hard.

Published 22/12/2015 | 13:55

So we teamed up with Avonmore to bring you twelve delicious recipes; one for every day of Christmas. Whether you have a sweet tooth or are seeking the best side dish, here are some brilliant (and easy!) recipes for you to try.

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5 recipes for those of you with a sweet tooth

Gingerbread Men

Did you know, Gingerbread first came to Europe in 992 AD? With all that history, it’s no wonder this tasty treat is a must-have delight every Christmas. This recipe is actually suitable to make gingerbread men and gingerbread houses, so if you’re feeling very creative, you could create a whole town!

Quick Christmas Pudding

Let’s face it, there is a lot to prepare for the Christmas spread. Any shortcuts are good, so long as they are still quality! Here is a cheeky Christmas Pudding recipe that will save time, and is still wonderfully delicious.

Mini Trifle Duo

Trifle is not only easy to make, it is incredibly tasty. What’s more, is it can be whipped up very quickly and can be made in someone else’s kitchen. Here are two delicious recipes; a mini chocolate and caramel brownie (drool!) and a mini lemon drizzle and berry trifle that are sure to delight even the most discerning palates.

Mince Pies

Mince pies can be a polarising dessert. Some people love them, some people don’t. But it cannot be argued that mince pies are anything but the ultimate Christmas treat. Would you believe that its ingredients are traceable to the 13th century? Here’s a surprisingly easy recipe that you can delight all your friends with this Christmas.

Eton Mess

Delicious any day of the year, Eton Mess is both beautiful to look at and delicious to eat. Whether you prefer it with strawberries or bananas, this scrumptious recipe is perfect for a lazy St Stephen’s day dessert. Plus, you can make it in advance!

2 perfect sides

Brussel sprouts with a twist

Another polarising dish, Brussel sprouts, whether loved or hated are a vital staple to any traditional Christmas meal. To make the perfect surprise, why not try this recipe with crispy bacon and Avonmore cream? Even the haters are going to love it!

Roast Potatoes

Many a row has been had as to how to make the perfect roast potatoes. Done right, there is absolutely nothing like the golden crunch and delicate fluffiness of the perfect potato. To excite the taste buds even more, this tasty recipe adds a creamy garlic drizzle to the spuds, a wonderful twist to this amazing side.

4 recipes for the chocolate lover

Chocolate Hazelnut Yule Log

To honour the burning of the traditional Christmas Yule Log, why not make a Chocolate Hazelnut Yule Log with this yummy recipe? Decorating this mouth-watering dessert is fun for all the family, but how deceptive can you make it?! Just be sure your cake doesn’t make it into the fire by mistake…

Santa’s Chocolate Caramel Cupcake

Everyone loves a cupcake, and this adorable recipe is sure to excite even the littlest of people. And what’s more, you can decorate the cakes with whipped cream, which is much easier and quicker than icing sugar, not to mention absolutely delicious. Mrs Claus better watch out!

Chocolate Ganache Tart

For the slightly more discerning palate, this recipe for Chocolate Ganache Tart is a real crowd-pleaser. Garnished with pomegranate seeds, this ganache is truly mouth-watering. Plus, pomegranates are linked to promoting a healthy heart. So you could consider it one of your five-a-day…

Chocolate Raspberry Trifle

If the mini trifles weren’t enough, we have this substantial chocolate raspberry trifle recipe as well. Liked by adults and kids alike (minus the sherry, perhaps!), trifle is versatile and incredibly quick to make. You can also prepare all the parts before the big day and whip them together right at the last minute. What more could you want?!

The main event

Finally, the crowning glory of every Christmas feast, the turkey. We found this divine buttermilk marinated roast turkey recipe for you to drool over. Just remember to marinade the turkey 48hrs before cooking to maximise the juiciness!

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