Christmas recipes

Festive recipes, cooking ideas and kitchen tips for this Christmas

  • 21 The perfect Christmas party with Irish cooking queen Rachel Allen
    Her charming manner and effortless style on TV makes Irish celebrity chef, Rachel Allen, a delight to watch each weekend on Saturday Kitchen. So who could be better than the BBC's "Irish cooking queen" to...

  • 22 Mulled Wine Cupcakes with Irish Whiskey and Chestnut Frosting
    Dish type: Dessert Preparation and cooking time: 40 minutes Serves 8-10 Ingredients Cupcake 300g plain flour 1 tbsp baking powder 2 tsp cinnamon 175g Kerrygold block butter 150g light soft brown sugar Finely...

  • 23 Rachel Allen's Chicken Liver Pate with Tomato Salad
    Dish type: Starter Ingredients 250g (9oz) chicken livers 110g (4oz) Kerrygold butter 50g (2oz) peeled and finely chopped shallots 1 clove garlic, peeled and finely chopped 2 tsp chopped thyme leaves...

  • 24 Vivien Lloyd's Apricot and Seville Orange Chutney
    Makes about 2.75kg (6lb) Ingredients 450g (1lb) dried apricots
 4 oranges
450g(1lb) onions
 225g ( 8oz) sultanas 175g(6oz) stem ginger in syrup, drained 3 cloves garlic
30ml(2tbsp) allspice berries,...

  • 25 Create the perfect luxury gift hamper this Christmas
    A festive hamper is an integral part of Christmas gift-giving. Woven wicker baskets filled with sweet treats, savory delights and bubbling fizz all topped off with a bright red ribbon – it's these...

  • 26 Mince pies: home-made Christmas treats with a twist
    Bringing together friends and family over a piping hot mince pie straight from the oven is the essence of traditional festive spirit. Delicious with a glass of mulled wine, these Christmas treats with...

  • 27 Pink Lady Apple and Mincemeat Tarts
    Dish type: Dessert Preparation and cooking time: 40 minutes plus chilling Serves 12 Ingredients 1 x 375 g pack ready rolled sweet shortcrust pastry 200g mincemeat 1 Pink Lady Apple, cored and finely...

  • 28 Ultimate Frangipane Mince Pies
    Dish type: Dessert Preparation and cooking time: 20 minutes Serves 12 Ingredients 1 x JUS-ROL™ All Butter Sweet* Shortcrust Pastry sheet 200g mincemeat 45g caster sugar 45g butter – melted 1...

  • 29 Mince Pies with Orange and Cinnamon Crumble Topping
    Dish type: Dessert Preparation and cooking time: 20 mins Serves 12 Ingredients 375g shortcrust pastry 250g good quality mincemeat 50g plain flour 4 tbsp demerara sugar 40g butter finely grated zest of...

  • 30 Bake your own bestselling Red velvet cupcakes
    With their delicious deep red sponge and swirls of cream frosting, the seasonally coloured red velvet cupcakes are the perfect way to share the festive cheer this Christmas. Named after their rich...

  • 31 The Hummingbird Bakery's Red Velvet Cupcake
    Dish type: Dessert Preparation and cooking time: 30 minutes Serves 12-16 Ingredients For the sponge 120g (4oz) unsalted butter, softened 300g (10½oz) caster sugar 2 large eggs 20g (¾oz)...

  • 32 Make a home-made Christmas pudding this Stir-up Sunday
    With the prospect of newly decorated trees, festive markets and twinkling lights brightening up the city streets, the Christmas season is well and truly upon us. And this Sunday the...

  • 33 Do's and don'ts for cooking the perfect turkey for a festive feast
    Central to the festive feast on Christmas Day is the classic roast turkey, created into a delicious centrepiece and then shared by families all over the country and beyond,...

  • 34 Cranberry and Orange Glazed Turkey Crown
    Dish type: Main Course Preparation and cooking time: 2 hours Serves 6 Ingredients 50g/2oz butter Salt and freshly ground black pepper 2kg/4lb 8oz turkey crown, tied 2 red onions, halved and very thinly...

  • 35 Deliciously festive puddings for Christmas
    The festive season is upon us, and whether for a dinner party or a cosy night in, there's nothing better at this time of year than a spot of indulgent baking. When the cold sets in and the...

  • 36 Bramley apple sticky toffee pudding
    Dish type: Dessert Serves 4 Preparation and cooknig time: 15 minutes Ingredients 100g/4oz softened butter 100g/4oz light soft brown sugar 100g/4oz self raising flour 2 medium eggs 4tbsp milk 225g/8oz...

  • 37 Steamed maple, lemon and blackberry pudding
    Dish type: Dessert Serves 6 Cooking and preparation time: 1 hour Ingredients 300g sugar 300g butter 300g self-raising flour 75g stem ginger Zest of 2 large lemons 6 large free-range eggs 1 punnet of...

  • 38 Pear & Ginger Bread & Butter Pudding
    Dish type: Dessert Serves 4-6 Preparation and cooking time: 40 minutes Ingredients 2 ripe dessert pears (200g each), peeled, cored and cut into thick slices 400g of unsliced white farmhouse bread, roughly...

  • 39 Ingredient of the week: sprouts
    A relative of the cabbage (a descendant of the wild variety), debate rages over the Brussels sprout. Some love their hint of bitterness, leafy flesh and healthy bite; others detest these same faculties...

  • 40 Ingredient of the week: turkey
    So you can have a rib of beef, a shoulder of pork, a leg of lamb or even some game; but would it really be Christmas without the turkey? Debates rage – the bird is too big! It’s much drier...



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