So, all the guests have devoured a scrumptious starter and main course Christmas dinner but what about dessert? No matter how much you have eaten or how full you are, every Brit always finds room to have some afters.
Ulster weavers.com have done some digging and found out what the traditional British Christmas sweets are in the third and final part of our Christmas cook help guide. They include Christmas pudding/cake, chocolate Yule log, Tiramisu, sherry trifle, mince pies and cheesecake.
Dependent on which dessert you are going to make, be organised and take into account if it needs to be set or defrosted for a number of hours for example jelly. The majority of puddings also require a certain amount of alcohol included such as Baileys, whiskey, red wine or brandy. Be cautious if you are driving on Christmas Day if the desserts have alcohol in the ingredients, so check the packaging before eating.
Why not ease the strain on your cooking load by asking some of the relatives to bring the desserts? Each one can bring a different pudding so there is plenty of choice for everyone and it will save the purse strings by balancing the costs out.
Ask all the guests beforehand if they have any special dietary requirement because some desserts can include items such as gelatine which vegetarians do not eat, or some may be allergic to.
There is no better time than Christmas to bake sweets, so don’t take any shortcuts and make the pies fresh with your own hands. A lot of desserts can be frozen so if you can, try to make them the night before and store them over night to save yourself some valuable cooking time.
A top tip is to bear in mind thawing times; just as you put the turkey in the oven when you begin cooking, take the desserts out of the freezer. Finish the meal off with a piping hot cup of tea or hot chocolate in Ulster weavers china mugs.