Christmas Dessert Ideas - Suggestions and Recipes for Delicious Sweet Treats
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'Tis the season to overindulge - and what better way than to enjoy a scrumptious dessert after your Christmas dinner?
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The easiest way to provide your guests with a Christmas dessert is to find a great bakery, but if you prefer to make it yourself, here are some Christmas dessert ideas for you to try.
An old standby at our house is English trifle; a decadent mixture of cake, custard, fruit and cream. This is traditionally made in a large glass bowl to display all the different layers, and can be made the day before and kept in the refrigerator until needed.
For the custard layer:
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Another tradition from the old country is to have sweet mincemeat tarts as a Christmas dessert. These Christmas dessert ideas are easily made using your favorite short crust pastry recipe and a jar of mincemeat from the store. Make them in muffin tins and sprinkle with powdered confectioner's sugar after they have cooled.
If your family loves pies, why not try a Cranberry-apple pie? Simply add fresh or frozen cranberries to your favorite apple pie and you have a Christmas dessert idea.
The same goes for your favorite cheesecake recipe - serve it with a sweet and chunky cranberry topping made from fresh cranberries cooked with a little orange juice or Kirsch and finely grated orange rind - allow to cool and spread over the top, and you have a seasonal Cranberry cheesecake!
A refreshing fruit and custard pie can easily be made with a store-bought graham cracker or shortbread ready made crust.
For this Christmas dessert idea, you will need the fruit of your choice - I use sliced pears or apricot halves (canned is fine, just drain them well), but you can use raspberries and blueberries for a festive look. Place them in a pinwheel pattern on the bottom of the crust - or arrange them how they look best as you will be able to see the pattern in the finished pie.
Whisk together 2 eggs and 8oz heavy cream with one teaspoon of sugar and pour over the fruit, taking care not to disturb your pattern. Bake at 350 degrees F for 40 to 45 minutes or until the custard is just set. Allow to cool and refrigerate until needed.
A lighter Christmas dessert idea would be a fresh fruit salad, or a selection of cheeses and fruit, but we all know that everyone's diet begins in the New Year, so enjoy the decadent desserts while you can.
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