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One of my absolute favourite parts of Christmas is getting together with friends and family that I don’t get to see a lot of and enjoying good food together- especialy delicious Christmas dessert recipes.
In my family we have a tradition where we all help to cook on Christmas day but then it’s my turn of boxing day! I love to surprise everyone with whatever new recipe’s I can’t wait to show them, and this year I can’t wait to show them some Christmas dessert recipes!
Tesco have some amazing Christmas dessert recipes that are perfect for impressing- whether for a party, for family or even for a special someone. In fact they looked so good that I couldn’t help myself but to try more than just one! Plus, Bonus! They can both be made completely within half an hour.
The first thing I tried was their recipe for Fig & Cardamom Pavlova that is filled with a citrusy cream/yogurt mix and topped with roasted figs, nuts and a delicious cardamom infused syrup drizzle.
Fig & Cardomom Pavlova
- 8 Figs, halved
- 3 Tbsp clear honey
- 4 Cardamom pods, seed removed and crushed
- 2 Tbsp Lemon juice ( either fresh or bottled)
- 300ml Whipping cream
- 200ml Greek Yogurt
- Zest of 2 Oranges
- 2 Tesco finest meringue pavlovas
- 1 Tbsp toasted blanched hazelnuts, chopped roughly
- Pomegranate seeds, to serve
- Begin by preheating the oven to 200°C, fan 180°C.
- Place the figs in a roasting tin ( I used a glass one which made the later process of mixing syrup easier) and drizzle with honey and the crushed cardamom seeds.
- Bake for ten minutes then use a slotted spoon to transfer the figs into a bowl ( allowing any honey to drizzle back into the tin).
- Stir the lemon juice into the syrup and then set aside to cool down.
- In a large bowl whisk the cream to stiff peaks then fold in the yogurt, 1/2 the orange zest and 1/2 the syrup
- When assembling, simple pile a meringue pavlova, half the cream, another pavlova and the remaining cream and then you can decorate with the figs, hazelnuts pomegranate and the remaining zest.
- To finish it all off, drizzle with the remaining syrup just before serving.
The second recipe I loved the sound of was something that could be perfect for a party or for a special someone and is the simplest of simple to create but oh so delicious! And we all know Christmas is the time to indulge!
Cranberry Fool ( recipe for 2)
- 150g Cranberries
- 75g Caster Sugar
- 1/4 tsp Ground Cinnamon
- 100ml Double cream
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract
- 100g 0% fat Greek style yogurt
- 50g all butter shortbread biscuits, crushed
- Begin by placing the cranberries and half the sugar into a medium pan and place over a low heat. Simmer and cook for around 8-10 minutes until the cranberries begin to pop open and then remove from the heat, add the cinnamon and leave aside to cool.
- Meanwhile pour the cream into a bowl and whisk in the remaining sugar and the vanilla extract until soft peaks have formed, then fold in the yogurt.
- To serve simply divide half of the cream between two glasses/jars then spoon over some of the cranberries, crumble over half a shortbread biscuit and then repeat the layers.
- I then decorated the jars with some remaining cream, white chocolate Christmas stars and snowflakes and few cheeky Christmas characters ( there are optional , of course 😉 ). Also for the mince pies seen at the end of the recipe video, click here to buy them.
What are your own favourite Christmas dessert recipes ? Do you have any great Christmas family traditions?
* this is a paid advertorial with Tesco however all views expressed within the post are expressly my own and formed with love, as always.
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