10 Mouth-Watering Christmas Dessert Recipes

If you've been tasked to bring a dessert for Christmas, start your planning here.

Forget the Christmas pudding, the fruit cake and the mince pies. We've rounded up some spectacular desserts to wow your Christmas guests. 

1. Summer Strawberry Tart

This dish is the epitome of the kind of fresh dessert you'd love to serve up on a summer's day. The mascarpone filling has a light, citrus twist, and the strawberries can either be heaped on top, like in the image, or carefully displayed in a pattern to your liking.

2. Chocolate Date Meringue Cake

The Queen of Chocolate, Kirsten Tibballs, is behind this show-stopping cake. Savour the contrast of the crunchy meringue with the rich, soft mousse.


3. Chocolate and Salted Caramel Macarons

If you're going to a party where more than one dessert is being made, or if you think the crowd is more likely to go for a finger food op

4. Neil Perry's Berry and Mascarpone Trifle

Australian chef, Neil Perry, has created a delicious new trifle recipe for his new cookbook. While, in the image you see raspberries and strawberries, Neil actually suggests using whatever summer fruit you enjoy the most.

5. Sticky Toffee Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce

While this warming dessert is often thought of as the perfect winter indulgence, we've never known anybody to turn it down in the heat either. Serve this recipe with a dollop of vanilla or browned butter ice cream, and you're set!

6.  Black Forest Gateau

Jamie Oliver's black forest cake is full of surprises, with dark chocolate, hazelnuts, popping candy and a "cherry pie filling". Jamie is well-known for his work promoting healthy eating, but he also knows when to indulge - and Christmas is certainly the time to do so!

7. Double Brie with Smoked Almond Toffee

For those who prefer a cheese platter to a dessert, you will want to include this on the after-dinner menu. This recipe takes an already delicious cheese to the next level. 

8. Raspberry and Cream Layered Sponge Cake

It would be crazy of us to not include a Donna Hay recipe in the ultimate Christmas dessert round-up! Donna rules at Christmas cooking, from her great gingerbread and chocolate brownie recipes to her mouth-watering roasts, but her sponge cakes are a simple, crowd favourite.

9. Panna Cotta Tart

Katherine Sabbath has become famous for her elaborate, brightly-coloured cake creations. However, she is, first and foremost, a passionate baker. Just ask her 300 thousand Instagram followers!

10. Raspberry Ripple Ice Cream

If you're a keen cook, make your own ice cream and really own your Christmas dessert from last to finish! It may be able to complement another dish, like a summer pudding or rich chocolate cake, or maybe you prefer to eat it on your own. Just note, you will need an ice-cream machine for this one!


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