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Alternative Christmas Pudding

For Those Who Dont Like Christmas Pudding


After turkey and all the trimmings there's often little room left for pudding. A traditional Christmas pudding isn't the lightest kid on the block so for those who want something a little lighter, here is a selection of alternative Christmas pudding recipes. But, be warned, some may be light but they are also deliciously rich and decadent making them perfect for Christmas.

1. Chocolate Yule Log

Christmas Yule Log
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This deliciously, decadent, cake filled with chocolately goodness is a favourite at Christmas. It may be rich but it is still remarkably light. The log is often favoured over a traditional Christmas Cake but equally can be served as a pudding (you can even have both, why not, it is Christmas?).

2. Trifle - Traditional English Trifle Recipe

English Sherry Trifle Recipe - Trifle - Pudding
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A traditional English trifle is easily the British number two pudding for Christmas. There's something frivolous yet decadent with all that custard, cream, fruit and Sherry. Trifle also reminds me of my childhood Christmas, so is a personal favourite.

A trifle is easy to make and here are three different trifle recipes: a traditional Sherry trifle, a quick, easy cheats trifle and a Zuppa Inglese, the Italian version of English trifle from Kyle Phillips, About.com's guide to Italian food.

3. Scottish Cranachan Recipe

Cranachan, Cranachan Recipe
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Scottish Cranachan is a truly festive recipe, it is perfect for Christmas, Hogmanay and rounds off a Burns' Night Supper beautifully. To be authentic it is good to use Scottish raspberries and Scottish heather honey, but don't worry if you can't find Scottish, the wonderful ingredients in the Cranachan taste good anyway.

4. Tipsy Laird - Tipsy Laird Pudding

Tipsy Laird Recipe
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Tipsy Laird - also called Typsy Laird - is the Scottish trifle dessert served on Burns Night but works equally well for Christmas. Tipsy Laird is essentially the same as Trifle but with whisky not sherry, and Scottish raspberries.

This version is quick and easy to make using ready-made custard or make with custard powder following the packet instructions. Use Scottish raspberries if you can for complete authenticity.

5. Effortless Elegance - Rhubard and Champagne Jelly

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A Rhubarb & Champagne Jelly recipe is a quick and simple, yet sophisticated dessert. Though Rhubarb is more often thought of as an ingredient of "nursery food" in puddings, here it shines as a delicate jelly made with Champagne.

For an elegant Christmas table, make the jelly in tall, elegant glasses and listen to the gasps of delight from your guests.

6. Clementine and Lemon Posset Recipe

Lemon Posset Recipe
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Oranges, more specifically Clementines have long been associated with Christmas, what Christmas stocking isn't complete without one? This ultra-easy posset recipe makes the most of tangy, citrus fruits and is a perfect end to a heavy Christmas lunch.

7. Decadent Chocolate Cream

Chocolate Mousse Recipe
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On any list of desserts chocolate must make an appearance. This Decadent Chocolate Cream is a wholly indulgent chocolate recipe for a quick and simple dessert and is perfect for the Christmas table.

8. Raspberry and Chocolate Meringue

Raspberry and Chocolate Meringue Melt Recipe
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Still on the chocolate theme, you may also want to try this deliciously, light, yet rich, Raspberry Chocolate Meringue.  The meringue is lightly flavoured, so not too heavy, and with cream and raspberries will round off your Christmas meal splendidly.

9. Crème Anyone?

Creme Caramel Recipe
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There are 2 Crème's that must appear on any list of desserts, a Crème Caramel and a Crème Brûlée. Both of these can be made in advance and finished off at the last minute. Perfect for a hectic Christmas Day menu.

This Crème Caramel recipe comes from Rebecca Franklin, About.com's Guide to French Food.

And a sublime, step by step Crème Brûlée recipe from Danilo Alfaro About.com Culinary Arts.

10. No Room Left for Pudding?

Christmas Cookies - Christmas Cookie Recipes
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The how about a few Christmas Cookies. Here is a collection of Christmas cookies from the talented food writers at About.com. There's something here for everyone.

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