We know every family has their traditional recipes, often passing down generation to generation, but it’s interesting hearing others and sometimes trying new ones.
We’ve picked out some of the CountryField Gardens team’s favourite Christmas sweet recipes:
Up first is Mary Berry’s Christmas Ice-cream.. as good as your imagining. If you love mince pies, alcohol and ice cream, you’ll adore this and handily, it can be made up to a month in advance. Perfect as a dessert topped with toffee sauce or this ice-cream is an ideal topping for Christmas pudding for a real Christmas flavour overload!
- 1 x 450g jar vegetarian suet-free mincemeat
- 3 tbsp rum
- 4 large eggs
- 300ml double cream
- 100g caster sugar
Finding vegetarian suet-free mincemeat can be a pain, so we use normal mincemeat and remove the lard pieces; fiddly and time-consuming, but totally worth it!
Christmas Pudding Fridge Cake
For those that are not keen on the flavours of Christmas, this fridge cake makes for a great alternative and less traditional take on Christmas Pudding. As well as sharing the appearance of a Christmas Pudding, it is also not going to do your waistline any favours.. isn’t that what Christmas is about though?
- 250g/8oz digestive biscuits
- 150g/5oz milk chocolate
- 150g/5oz dark chocolate
- 100g/3½oz unsalted butter
- 150g/5oz golden syrup
- 100g/3½oz dried apricots, chopped
- 75g/2½oz raisins
- 60g/2oz pecans, chopped
- 200g/7oz marshmallows, chopped into small pieces
- 100g/3½oz white chocolate, broken into pieces
- 2 glacé cherries
- sprig holly leaves
Mulled Wine Brownies
Fill the house with aromas of Christmas whilst you bake these festive treats. Everyone loves brownies, so why not add a Christmas twist with some red wine and spices. This recipe would go down a treat with the Christmas Ice-cream recipe above.
- 100g dark chocolate
- 150g unsalted butter
- 200g light brown muscovado sugar
- 1 large egg and 1 egg yolk
- 100ml red wine
- 50g cocoa powder
- 100g plain flour
- pinch of nutmeg and ground cloves
- ¼ tsp each cinnamon and ginger
Tag us in your creations at @countryfieldgardens or comment below. We’d love to hear what recipes your family use every Christmas without exception. The team would love to give some new ones a go.