Christmas recipes for you to try

Christmas traditions have changed over the centuries, but special festive food is still a big part of the holiday. Why not try one of our selection of Christmas recipes, past and present?

Stack of Christmas mince pies

Real mince pie 

Long before the small, fruit mince pies we enjoy today came into fashion, a mince pie used to be a large pie, containing meat. Our recipe harks back to this tradition and uses real meat in addition to raisins, currants and prunes

A Christmas pudding

Vegetarian and alcohol-free Christmas pudding 

This is a simple pudding that requires no time to mature so can be made as little as a week before its required or indeed made the same day and served fresh.

Roast Chicken in lemon sauce
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Capon (chicken) with orange or lemon sauce 

This is a traditional festive dish, which is quick and easy to prepare. A great alternative to turkey if you'd like something simpler on Christmas Day

Roast turkey with cranberries
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The Christmas turkey 

Enjoy a great meal this Christmas with our recipe for turkey and gravy. It'll feed the whole family with some spare.

Christmas presents under a tree
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Turkey gilding 

Turkey was traditionally gilded to make it look more appetising. Find out how to make the most of your turkey with our easy-to-follow recipe and give your turkey a gilded glow.

Children baking christmas cupcakes
Cakes and bakes

Christmas cupcakes 

These delightful Christmas cupcakes are perfect for a festive buffet. Get creative and see who can create the best decorations out of ready-to-roll icing.

Ice-cream making equipment in the Dairy at Ham House, Richmond-upon-Thames, Surrey

Jack Frost Fruit Curd ice cream

A tasty treat for those who might not fancy a Christmas pudding after their turkey this year. Strictly speaking it's frozen yoghurt, but it's so tasty, why not give it a try?

Fidget Pasty at Attingham Park, Shropshire

Attingham Fidget Pasty

Make your own Fidget Pasty with this National Trust recipe from Attingham Park.

A plate of Christmas slices at Bodiam Castle in East Sussex

Bodiam Castle's Christmas Slice

Our Christmas slice is a firm favourite with our visitors here at Bodiam Castle. It's a great alternative to the usual mince pie.

Christmas baubles on the tree at Sizergh in Cumbria.
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Festive ham 

This tasty dish is a great festive alternative. It's smothered in a runny honey glaze and uses peppercorns and garlic for creating a rich flavour.

Hand-raised turkey and bacon pie with salad.
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Raised turkey and bacon pies 

Make a batch of yummy individual-size pies stuffed with turkey and bacon - perfect for a filling lunch after a winter walk.

Christmas tree and decorations

Cranberry sauce 

A sweet and delicious cranberry sauce that you can try making for the perfect condiment to go with your festive turkey.

Mince pies on a plate

Lanhydrock mince pies

Try our simple Lanhydrock mince pies recipe which makes this essential festive treat easy for you to make this Christmas.

Enjoy a festive mulled wine

Stourhead mulled wine

The perfect Christmas beverage to celebrate the festive season.