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Dec 7, 2007 03:11 PM

ISO a main Christmas dessert other than cookies, a yule log or fruit cake

If anyone has any suggestions for a seasonal, holiday christmas dessert other than the usual and tradional.


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  1. I've made tarte tatins for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. Last year I made Nigella's Clementine Cake. I do like making a buche de noel when I have time, though. Oh - and a mince meat pie.

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    1. re: MMRuth

      I was also going to suggest a tarte tatin. I think it'd be a great dessert choice! A good old spice cake drizzled with caramel might be another option.

      1. re: MMRuth

        I love that Nigella Clementine Cake. Such an unusual texture and tangy taste. Everyone's amazed that it's made just with nuts, eggs and whole clementines or oranges.

        I'm pushing a dessert I described here and served on Thanksgiving, from Dolce Italiano - a pumpkin custard served with whipped mascarpone/cream and a golden raisin orange juice compote. Truly heavenly taste and texture.

        1. I like Nigella Lawson's Chocolate Cloud Cake. You can put anything you want on the whipped cream... miniature candy canes....chocolate truffles...spice drops.....or just red and green sugars....

          A very traditional dessert is plum pudding (a/k/a suet pudding) with hard sauce or vanilla sauce. My mother in law (who got the recipe from her English grandmother) makes it every year. She has started doing it in a crock pot in a special canister. Then she reheats slices quickly in the microwave... Below is the more traditional method and recipe:

          PLUM a/k/a SUET PUDDING

          1 cup ground suet, make sure the suet is good quality
          1 cup milk
          1 cup molasses
          1 cup seedless raisins
          2 1/2 c. flour, sifted
          2 tsp. cinnamon
          1 tsp. ground cloves
          1 heaping tsp. baking soda
          Pinch salt

          1/2 c. butter, softened
          1 c. sugar
          1 egg, beaten
          1 tsp. flour
          1 tsp. vanilla

          Mix all ingredients together adding the flour and raisins last. Pour into a round 9 x 3 pan (greased). STEAM the pudding for 2/1 2 to 3 hours. Serve warm with sauce.

          Sauce: Cream together the butter and sugar. Add the egg, flour, and boiling water, heat and boil till slightly thickened. Stir in vanilla.

          1. I suggest Armenian Christmas pudding, which is a thick pudding of barley or wheat, cooked with dried fruit, honey, and toasted almonds. Very dense and rich; easy to make; keeps well. Pretty healthy for a dessert, too.

            Here's the recipe I use:

            There are lots more online if you do a recipe search.

            1. Our favorite is a Bourbon marinated Apple wreath (made of puff pastry). It's delicious and festive. We glaze it, and decorate it with angelica and fresh berries. You get your red and green on the wreath when it's brought to the table. It's served with homemade Cinnamon Ice Cream.