Chocolate pudding in a teacup on a saucer

Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without a mini drama. Perhaps it’s Christmas Eve and you’ve suddenly remembered – tomorrow’s dessert! Or you’ve had an epic disaster with your Christmas pudding and you need something to replace it and fast.

Don’t worry, we have just the thing. These delicious dessert recipes need minimal prep and will ensure you keep everyone happy with something sweet to round off dinner. Make them on Christmas Eve (or even Christmas morning) and people will be none the wiser.


Sweet cherries and earthy chestnuts make the perfect pairing in these deliciously squidgy brownies. They also make a great last-minute homemade gift – simply wrap up with a ribbon and you’ll make someone very happy.


Rich chocolate icing, soft, sherry-soaked sponge, and fluffy cream swirled with chestnut purée– what’s not to love about a festive yule log? Some say it’s better than Christmas pudding….


If you’re looking for Christmas in a mouthful, it’s the classic mince pie. And these little spiced beauties have a secret ingredient – delicious, sweet squash, which really lightens the traditional mix. Make an extra batch and freeze, ready to bake when needed.


This is the ultimate super-speedy dessert – perfect for when you need something sweet, fast. You can make these vegan chocolate desserts in 10 minutes flat, then simply chill until needed. Beautifully smooth chocolate mousse, spiked with lime zest, dark rum and chilli flakes. A real Christmas treat.


Leave these fruity beauties to poach while you open presents, then make the gently spiced syrup between courses, and you’ll have a delicious pudding that’s stunning and refreshing. So simple!.



Not keen on traditional Christmas pudding? You’ll love these chocolate puds. Light, fluffy sponge, with caramelised orange slices and a dusting of cinnamon, these really are the flavours of the festive season in one spoonful. A Christmas Day delight.

If you need a little help with your Christmas dinner timings, check out Jamie’s Christmas Day masterplan. It’s all you need to take the stress out of cooking.