Monday, 27 November 2017

18 Alternative Christmas Desserts

If you're looking for alternative Christmas dessert ideas, then check out these 18 fab recipes.  There's sure to be something to whet your appetite!

Alternative Christmas Desserts

Regulars to Only Crumbs Remain may have seen my Christmas Pudding recipe complete with chocolate orange flavours!  Although I'm a huge fan of Christmas Puddings, I'm completely aware that they aren't to every body's liking and many families will be looking for an alternative Christmas dessert this year.

So, with that in mind I have gathered together some amazing alternatives to the traditional Christmas Pudding courtesy of some top UK food bloggers to share with you today.  I'm more than sure you'll find something to whet you're appetite, though the difficulty may lie in narrowing it down to just one or two!

And if, like me, you are a fan of Christmas Pudding, towards the bottom of the post you will find a couple of alternative ways to serve this traditional dessert.  

Simply click on the green recipe title of those which catch your eye to get the recipe.




2 Cheesecake Recipes

 

Alternative Christmas Desserts - cheesecake
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  • Double Chocolate Cheesecake (no-bake) from Kat at The Baking Explorer. If you're looking for a showstopper cheesecake then Kat has you covered with this eye catching dessert which is certain to be a crowd pleaser.
  • Rocky Road Cheesecake from Jenny at Mummy Mishaps.  We all know that Rocky Road is a popular treat, so why not be inspired by Jenny and use it as a base for a festive cheesecake.



 

 3 Chocolate Desserts

 

Alternative Christmas Desserts - chocolate desserts
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  • Chocolate Tart with Cranberries, Orange and Pistachios from Eb at Easy Peasy Foodie.  With the help of a shop bought pastry case this rich and seasonal Christmas tart just takes 10 minutes of your time and will no doubt leave your guests smiling.
  • Gluten Free Salted Chocolate Tart from Rebecca at Glutarama.  Rebecca describes her dessert as 'Death by Chocolate', but I'm sure most people are prepared to take the risk!
  • Chocolate Ice Cream Bomb from Clare at Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy.  Clare explains that her ice cream bomb can be made with a host of different flavours, I can just imagine the excitement as guests see the inviting layers once it's sliced into.



3 Trifle recipes

 

Alternative Christmas Desserts - trifles
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3 Lighter Desserts

 

Alternative Christmas Desserts - lighter desserts
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  • Brandy Snaps with Mulled Fruit Compote from Claire at Foodie Quine.  With wonderful festive flavours of ginger, cinnamon, and of course a drop of alcohol in the compote, these brandy snap baskets may evoke memories of the 1970s, but they're sure to be well received by guests.
  • Apple Carpaccio from Corina at Searching for Spice.  A super light Christmas dessert, which is pretty, colourful and refreshing. 
  • Muscat Poached Fruit with no-churn honey cake Ice-cream from Helen at Family Friends Food.  Delicious fruit poached with the warming spice of cinnamon and star anise, and served with an ice cream which sounds delicious.



Cake for Dessert

 

Alternative Christmas Desserts - cake
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  • Orange Bundt Cake with Salted Whiskey Caramel from Mabintu at Recipes from a Pantry.  The flavours used in this eye catching cake are perfect for Christmas.
  • Showstopping Christmas Layer Cake from Lucy at Supergolden Bakes.  This cake is so beautifully festive with layers of red and green vanilla sponge sandwiched with cranberry compote a mascapone frosting and finished with a crown of meringue. 



More Alternative Christmas Dessert Recipes

 

Alternative Christmas Desserts
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  • Pomegranate & Kiwi Crown Pavlova from Lucy at Baking Queen 74.  The green and red colours set against the white of the cream and meringue make this such a wonderful Christmas dessert.  The meringue can be made a day or two ahead of time and stored in an airtight container until you're ready to add the cream and fruit before serving to your guests.
  • Orange Posset with Rhubarb and Shortbread by me at Only Crumbs Remain.  An incredibly simple dessert to make, which can be made the day ahead.   
  • Risalamande with Cherry Sauce from Camilla at Fab Foods 4 All, is a chilled rice pudding dessert with almonds and cream which is traditionally enjoyed in Denmark on Christmas Eve.


 

2 Alternative Ways to Serve Christmas Pudding 

 

Alternative ways to serve Christmas pudding
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  • No Churn Christmas Pudding Ice Cream from Jacqui at Recipes Made Easy.  Jacqui tells us that people who don't enjoy Christmas Pudding actually enjoy her Christmas Pudding Ice Cream.  Being a no churn ice cream it's super easy to make and of course can be made ahead of time.
  • Christmas Pudding Cheesecake from Helen at The Crazy Kitchen.  How about using left over Christmas Pudding in a cheesecake? Helen was inspired to made her dessert for a competition hosted by Selfridges.  There's no surprise that she won!



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If you're looking for an alternative Christmas Dessert, rather than the traditional pudding, then check out these 18 fab dessert recipes.  From Cheesecakes, tasty chocolate creations, trifle and lighter desserts, there's bound to be some which whet your appetite!





What will you be having for dessert at over the festive period?




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26 comments:

  1. Cor blimey! Where to start that's the problem, such a delicious array of festive goodies. Thankyou for featuring my salted caramel tart too xxx

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    1. I know - so much choice isn't there! You're more than welcome Rebecca your tart would be a great crowd pleaser :-)
      Angela x

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  2. thank you for including my cheesecake Angela. There are some fab alternatives here - my family usually insist on Christmas pud though, as long as it's got custard with it!

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    1. You're more than welcome, your cheesecake sounds seriously amazing!
      We were the same Helen, it always had to be Christmas Pudding when we were young, with custard like you say! But since getting married we've had different things for Christmas dessert cos hubby claims he doesn't like it (though he cleared off the portion of homemade Xmas pud pretty swiftly the other day!)

      Angela x

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  3. Such fantastic ideas and so much to choose from! I'm really looking forward to having a look at some of these and am beginning to crave trifle which I haven't had for years! Thanks so much for including my apple carpaccio x

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    1. There really is so many ideas isn't there! I love the idea of your Carpaccio - Christmas Dinner can be so filling so a simple byt effective fruit platter is a great idea :-)
      Angela x

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  4. OMG the Christmas layer cake is so so stunning - I need a slice or two.

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    1. Isn't it just Mabintu - it has Christmas written all over it with those colours :-)
      Angela x

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  5. Loving all this alternative festive inspiration! Thanks for including my recipe:-)

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    1. I love the sound of your Danish recipe Camilla - I'm a huge fan of rice pudding
      Angela x

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  6. Thanks for including my cake - there's so many fantastic ideas here! Must get baking and baking some more!

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    1. You're welcome Lucy, your cake is an absolute stunner! Haha, yes...and a bit more baking too :-)
      Angela x

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  7. Wow what an amazing roundup of Christmas desserts! I think I’ll have to give Jacqui’s christmas pudding ice cream a go, it sounds perfect. And then try the rest of them too! Thanks for including my pavlova.

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    1. Hahaha, I like your thoughts there Lucy :-) You're welcome, it looks so gorgeously festive with the colours of the fruit.
      Angela x

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  8. What an amazing roundup - and such a great idea! I am very much a traditionalist when it comes to Christmas...it't got to be Christmas pudding for me! But I have a hard time persuading the rest of my family...who would all much prefer my chocolate tart - thanks so much for including it :-) I like the look of a lot of these, but I think my favourite has to be Bintu's amazing Orange Bundt Cake! Just WOW...and did someone say whisky?? ;-) Eb x

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    1. I completely agree Eb, it has to be Christmas Pudding for me too - but there's so many people which don't share our love of it so I thought it be great to pull a lot of alternatives together.... this all said you're family definitely have a point about Chocolate Tart! I mean how shiny is that ganache! Gorgeous! Hahaha, doesn't Bintu's bundt cake just look AND sound amazing!
      Angela x

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  9. I can't stand christmas pudding, so i'm always looking for different ideas. Pinning this, thanks! #CookBlogShare

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    1. You're more than welcome Donna, I hope you've seen a few ideas which work for you and your family :-)
      Angela x

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  10. So many amazing dessert ideas in one place, if they were all on a table in front of me I really wouldn't know which one to try. Thank you for bringing this delicious collection to #CookBlogShare:)

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    1. I know just what you mean Monika - they really do look very tempting :-)
      Angela x

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  11. Dessert is the best thing about Christmas Dinner..... I always look forward to it! There are so many choices here though..... where to start?? x

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    1. Hahha, I'm glad it's not just me Johanna who really looks forward to dessert!
      Angela x

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  12. Some great recipes here Angie!! I particularly love the Chocolate tart with cranberries ,orange and pistachios! Will have to check a couple of these!

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    1. Ooh desn't that tart look epic! And so incredibly easy to do too :-)
      Angela x

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