Made up of pretty layers, this elegant dessert looks like something you’d find in a posh Parisian patisserie. There’s sherry-soaked sponge, wobbly raspberry jelly, creamy vanilla custard and a sprinkling of meringue and pistachio for added texture. Forget the kitsch trifles of your youth, this is full-flavoured but deliciously light, and a knock-out way to round-off your Christmas feast.
Who said the turkey was the only centrepiece worth thinking about? We’ve found the best desserts to ensure you round off your Christmas feast on a sweet high.
We’ve focussed purely on proper desserts here. We know Christmas puddings and cakes are the traditional options but in our experience, they are just too heavy and rarely tend to be a hit with the whole family – unlike this selection which we’re certain will go down a treat!
When putting our festive afters to the test, we were looking for those that had the wow factor.
They needed to look better than the winning GBBO entry and taste every bit as good. Festive spices or retro flavours were a plus, as were OTT decorations.
If you can’t be a little decadent at Christmas, when can you?
Although most can simply be taken out of the fridge and served, we also couldn’t resist one DIY option. Ideal if you fancy getting your hands dirty – but not that dirty. Who’s got time to make dessert from scratch with everything else to remember anyway?
We tend to think the brands’ serving suggestions are often a tad optimistic. If you want to ensure there’s plenty to go around, we’d suggest erring on the side of caution and sizing up, or buying double.
So, whatever size gathering you’re having, we’ve got a show-stopping festive dessert for you…
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