Epic Christmas desserts
For many of us, the highlight of the Christmas feast is dessert! If you’re in charge of whipping up something special this year, I’ve got five epic dessert ideas and recipes that’ll knock the socks off your friends and family this Christmas!
- PAVLOVA…I’ve done many versions of pavlova over the years. I love how you can get creative with flavours! One of my favourites is my Blueberry and Lemon Curd Pavlova – a classic beauty. For a tropical twist, you could try our My Food Bag Christmas bag Pavlova Wreath with Lemon Curd and Lychees for something a little different. There’s also a seriously stunning Brown Sugar Pavlova with Salted Caramel, Poached Pears and Hazelnuts in Let’s eat! (which, by the way, comes with some pretty cool free gifts at the moment, making the perfect Christmas pressie option!)
- CHEESECAKE…Make the most of our NZ Summer cherries with this Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake for an indulgent finish to your Christmas dinner. It’s a gluten-free baked cheesecake, and the best part is that it keeps for 2-3 days so you can be super organised and cook it in advance!
- ICE-CREAM TERRINE…If the kids are a bit funny about traditional Christmas puddings and you’re wanting something special just for them, an Ice-Cream Terrine has to be the way to go. This Mocha Ice Cream Terrine with Espresso Chocolate Sauce has coffee in the sauce, but you could leave that out and just make a chocolate sauce for a kid-friendly version, or this delicious salted caramel.
- SOMETHING A LITTLE LIGHTER…We wouldn’t want anyone with allergies or intolerances to miss out on an epic Christmas dessert, which is why I created this spectacular Raw Berry Ice Cream Cake – it’s gluten, dairy refined-sugar and nut free! Making ice cream out of frozen fruit is one of my favourite Summer activities, and it works so well in this light, fresh, gorgeous dessert.
- SPONGE…Another Christmas favourite is sponge cake – and my personal favourite is this Lemon Sponge Cake with Strawberries and Cream – it reminds me of my Nan (who’d request one for Christmas lunch every year) and sings with the flavours of Summer! The sponge could also just as easily be made into a trifle, because Christmas without trifle isn’t really Christmas at all! If you’re wondering if I’ve got a trifle recipe, I have to get it off my Aunt Pippa who has been making our Christmas trifle for the last 30 years!
To be doing what I am today is a dream come true. It all started when I was 12 years old. I was watching TV after school one day and Jamie Oliver was cooking up a storm on The Naked Chef.