Christmas cake and pudding, as lovely as they are, can sit a little heavy on the stomach after a large Christmas dinner with all the trimmings. The high fruit and high brandy content make them quite rich desserts which are not to everyone’s tastes. If you’re entertaining this Christmas and need something a little lighter to offer your dinner guests for dessert then try a few of these ideas...

  • Chocolate Yule Log: A festive and slightly more indulgent alternative to a Swiss roll, the Yule log is a sweet treat that your guests won’t be able to resist. Light chocolate sponge is rolled up with vanilla or chocolate buttercream, then covered in milk chocolate and lightly dusted with icing sugar. Top it off with a sprig of holly to make it really festive.
  • Apple Strudel: This Dutch classic is a favourite dessert already, but often overlooked at Christmas. The light pastry and fruit filling mean it isn’t quite as rich as Christmas pudding, but the sultanas and cinnamon ensure that it earns its place on your Christmas table.
  • Profiteroles: Many people can be put off by Choux pastry, believing that it is hard to perfect, but with a little bit of practice and the right tools profiteroles are easier than you think! Try filling them with cream whipped with a little orange zest, then smother them with delicious chocolate orange sauce – made using Cointreau obviously!
  • Christmas Mess: Give the classic Eton mess a festive twist to create a refreshing yet indulgent dessert for your guests. Mix crushed meringue with thick whipped cream, frozen mixed berries, cinnamon, and a dash of blackcurrant liquer.
  • Black Forest Trifle: This cherry infused twist on the classic trifle is bound to be a hit at Christmas. Use chocolate brownies in place of sponge fingers, drench with cherries steeped in kirsch liquer, and top with vanilla custard and grated chocolate for a delicious and intriguing dessert that will wow your guests.