Not everyone likes it - Christmas pudding that is. I get that - it's quite a specific taste. And apart from anything else there's also a significant chance of dried fruit overload during the festive season. Plus there's more than the usual number of opportunities to indulge in dessert over the holidays so having a few extra ideas up your sleeve to treat your friends and family feels like a good idea.
So let's have a go at finding alternatives to Christmas pudding. There are many, many lovely, stylish, no-fuss desserts that you can rustle up for the holidays, but particularly if having guests for dinner makes you feel a bit anxious, don't be trying out something new when you're under pressure. Do a dummy dessert run. Your family will enjoy being part of the practice. I guarantee.
So what desserts might I go for over the holidays, once we've hoovered up the last of the Christmas pud?
Mochaccino Pots - This was my top alternative dessert recommendation last Christmas and it proved to be mighty popular. These little pots are ideal to prep ahead of time and their rich decadence makes them look terribly stylish too.
Individual Boozy Trifles - For many families, a trifle is a key player on the festive menu but individual ones just take it to the next level. These ones are more about 'construction' than 'cooking' and I figured you'd appreciate that.
Mini Banoffee Trifles - Everybody loves these. Make a few tins of the caramel before the holidays and it's a perfect dessert to throw together at the drop of a hat.
Mud Pie Mojos - And talking of throwing it together, keep the ingredients for these Mud Pie Mojos to hand and you'll always be good to go. There's a video too with this one so you can be certain it's all going to plan.
Chocolate Fudge Popsicles - And don't be thinking that these are only for the children. Or that they're only for the summer months. These are such a treat that they could become a new Christmas tradition.
BEST EVER Chocolate Brownies - These little beauties are squidgy and it's because of the squidge that they will keep like a dream for up to a week - (although you may need to hide them). That makes them another perfect stand-by dessert. Just add ice cream and a warm chocolate sauce.
Cranberry and Walnut Tart - How about that for a vision of Christmassy-ness? This is a light, moist tart which is not overly sweet (that'll be those sharp cranberries) and it makes me feel festive just looking at it.
Does that give you a few ideas for alternative desserts? Perfect.