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Light and spicy with orange and star anise
Vegan Christmas pudding on a plate with brandy sauce being poured over the top

Christmas recipes for you to try 

Our delicious festive recipes will go down a storm at your Christmas party or Christmas lunch. From appetisers and sides to mouth-watering puddings, here are 11 recipes to inspire you.

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Spiced toffee apple cake recipe

Treat yourself to a fresh, tangy apple cake, smothered with a delightfully sticky toffee sauce.


Poached pears

A light and spicy dessert with orange and star anise – an ideal way to use up the pears from your garden.


Classic carrot cake

Tuck into a slice of this classic carrot cake, spiced with cinnamon, topped with thick creamy frosting, crushed walnuts and seeds, and a sprinkle of carrot to finish.


Pumpkin, chard, feta and almond crumble

Looking for a hearty and healthy recipe that'll warm up everyone's tums? This satisfying, family-friendly recipe works equally well as a hearty side or a standalone dish.


Gingerbread house

Fancy making your own gingerbread house? With our simple biscuit recipe, and your choice of design, you can't go wrong with this classic tasty treat.


Chicken, leek and tarragon pie

This creamy chicken and leek pie, topped with fresh herbs and puff pastry, is a perfect family favourite for those chilly autumn nights.


Vegetable and coconut curry

This delicious and healthy winter warmer is a winner for the whole family. A filling and tasty dish packed with aromatic herbs and spices, it's a great alternative to your Friday night takeaway.


Belly pork, caramelised apple wedges and boulangere potatoes

Try this tasty belly pork, caramelised apple wedges and boulangere potatoes recipe to set your taste-buds tingling.


Crab-apple leather

This recipe produces a tasty apple snack that keeps for five months in an airtight container.