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What are you making for Christmas dessert this year?

I can't make up my mind on what to make for Christmas Eve and Day desserts. Anything is on the table. What are you making this year?

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  1. I think I will make "Meyer Lemon Budino" from the Epicurious site and pecan pie. Guests can then choose between a "light" dessert and a richer dessert. My big decision now is whether to make just whipped cream or a mango sauce for the budino.

    1. i'm playing christmas day, so...

      mango genoise/chiffon roll bite-sized
      something with pineapples since i was just gifted two
      ginger curd
      white chocolate malt cookies
      and maybe a ricotta grape pie with a balsamic glaze

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      1. re: Emme

        Emme, where can I find the recipe for
        "white chocolate malt cookies" ? I especially like that malt flavor in sweets.

        1. re: blue room

          Those cookies sound so good, I couldn't wait for a response ;-) I found this recipe http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ga...

          1. re: just_M

            sorry i've been tinkering with a recipe. when i have it set, i'll post again, but at the moment, it's pretty different from the linked recipe, but that recipe looks good too!

            1. re: Emme

              Looking forward to your recipe Emme. Nothing better than an already tested and tweaked, sure thing!

      2. We have Bourbon Balls ready to go for the family.

        1. We have a large Panettone so we will make it into Bread Pudding. Ina Garten and Giada both have recipes. We will serve it with two sauces.

          1. I am making sticky toffee pudding, and also serving assorted home made cookies, struffoli, and a cheese board. If I have any energy left, I may make casateddi.

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            1. re: roxlet

              Qu'est que c'est casateddi? Italian baking is a weak point for me.

                1. re: Emme

                  I think that the last two recipes are closest to what I make, but interestingly, they were never made for Easter in our house, only for Christmas!

            2. I am making peppermint brownies, Nigella Lawson's Clementine Cake (but with blood oranges) and at my husband's request, a chocolate chip cookie pie that is pretty much a pecan pie but with chocolate instead of nuts. Will probably make everything Thursday.

              1. Tiramisu one evening.
                Eton Mess another.

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                  1. re: Glencora

                    it's a traditional British dessert - pieces of meringue folded with whipped cream & strawberries.

                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                      We love it with strawberries but ADORE it with raspberries. It's yummy - crunchy meringue with soft centres, soft voluptuous whipped cream, tart berries and sweet/tart raspberry sauce. Can't wait! Nice and light after a heavy meal.

                      1. re: chefathome

                        That sounds delicious!! Do you have a recipe for it?

                        1. re: mom22tots

                          It IS delicious. And it is super easy. I don't really follow any recipe. I make meringues and break into chunks into a trifle bowl. Then I pour over heavy whipped cream and throw in some fresh raspberries and some raspberry coulis (made earlier). Repeat. Finish off with fresh raspberries scattered on top. Toasted hazelnuts are also a lovely addition.

                      2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                        Ah. I had something similar when I stayed with a family in Northern England. Sometimes they used gooseberries instead of strawberries and sometimes they added custard. They just called it "pudding," though.

                        1. re: Glencora

                          For many British people, "pudding" is a synonym for dessert, so they may not have been describing the particular dish, just naming the course.

                    2. re: chefathome

                      Tiramisu sounds like a great idea. Can you share the recipe that you use?

                      1. re: masha

                        I am making this chocolate tiramisu:

                        Always gets rave reviews!

                        And also a pavlova with cherries and almonds.

                        1. re: masha

                          This time I thought I'd try Giada's recipe but it wasn't as wonderful as other recipes I've used. My husband practically slurped it up, though, but I wasn't satisfied. Will try to find the best one I got from a wonderful lady in Istria, Croatia (Istria was under Venetian rule for ages so the food there is heavily influenced by Italy). Will post it here.

                      2. My mother has decreed creme brulee for Christmas Day, but I'm dying to try that Dorie Greenspan Extraordinary French Lemon Cream Tart that someone posted on the lemon dessert thread, so I'm trying to think of an excuse to make it. Maybe New Year's Eve!

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                        1. re: biondanonima

                          Oh, my - I had almost forgotten about that cream tart! Thanks for the reminder - I think I'll have to add that to my holiday dessert list.

                        2. Pecan Pie....Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake....A 3 month old, well cured Fruit Cake, and a plethora of candies.....

                          1. I just made the filling for the Dorie Greenspan French Lemon Cream Tart today. It wasn't on my radar until I happened upon this thread.....now I'm trying to think of a graceful way to lick the blender jar. Seriously delicious, and easier than it seems at first read. Nice that the filling can be stored for a few days, too.

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                            1. re: SherBel

                              Where is her recipe posted? I love lemon anything. There was a post awhile ago about really lemony desserts, but I can't find it now. If anyone knows where it is at, I would appreciate it. TIA

                              1. re: paprkutr

                                Here's the lemony desserts thread I think you're talking about:

                                1. re: paprkutr

                                  I found it here:


                                  I'm going to have to purchase some, if not all, of her books.

                              2. I finally decided on brown sugar apple cheesecake. And if I have any spare time (I have a 3 week old baby) I'll make peppermint brownies too. The lemon cream tart sounds delish and I'll have to remember it for another holiday, Easter maybe.

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                                1. re: nmurawsk

                                  Your cheesecake sounds fabulous; cheesecake is my favorite dessert. I may have to make that, although I was thinking of a mango lime granita for Xmas day. Everything else on my menu that day is on the heavy side so I thought granita would be encouraging enough to take a bite instead of declining dessert.

                                2. the lemon pie sound good

                                  i haven't decided yet, something with cream, lots of cream, I kinda have 6 pints of fresh cream in my frige... i guess creme brulée or panna cotta would be a smart choise.. with some cinnamon or ginger to make them that holiday twist

                                  1. My husband and I are making a buche Noel for Christmas Eve dinner. His dad used to do it. This is our first attempt. Today we made the meringue mushrooms -- a bunch of stems and caps. Honestly, they look pretty bad --sort of blobby -- but I hope it will all come together. I'm also making bourbon balls.

                                    For Christmas dinner people usually bring pie -- chocolate pecan (too sweet for me), pumpkin, apple, maybe mince.

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                                    1. re: Glencora

                                      Those mushrooms always look weird and then work out great. no worries!

                                    2. Plum Pudding with hard sauce.

                                      1. Bon Appetit's December cover cake: spiced chocolate torte with chocolate ribbons.

                                        1. Lime mousse pie. A friend brought it to a Holiday party this year. it was amazing.

                                          1. Cranberry Apple Pear Crumble

                                            1. I am hoping to make this from bon appetit last year
                                              http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo... but so far have broken one of the meringue layers. Don't think it should matter once I assemble, but....hope it turns out.

                                              1. I am making this simple gingerbread with whipped cream for xmas eve and this chocolate cake for xmas day.


                                                1. Pear fudge pie with whipped cream.

                                                  1. I'm going to a Christmas Day pot luck for 30 so am taking 36 Chocolate Post du Creme with a
                                                    topping of cherry jam swirled into whipped cream. This will be served in 1 1/2 ounce shot glasses with tiny spoons. There will be lots of desserts at this party, so am making my contribution small enough for everyone to have "just a taste".

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                                                    1. re: amazinc

                                                      We're Jewish and don't celebrate Christmas, but since Christmas Eve falls on Friday night, I'm having friends over for a Shabbat Christmas dinner LOL. Dessert is a carrot- zucchini bundt cake with cream cheese glaze and no roll sugar cookies. I had to make it a combo of zucchini and caroot because I didn't have enough of either. The cake smells so good.

                                                      Merry Christmas, everyone!

                                                    2. I've made "snowman munchies" which is granola, toasted almonds and craisins covered in white chocolate
                                                      white chocolate cashew blondies
                                                      pumpkin crack (never made it before, can't wait to try it!)
                                                      and of course cookies

                                                      1. Tartine's banana cream pie. By special request. I have bananas that have PIE written on the skin so they do not get eaten before tomorrow night.

                                                        Happy Holidays, everyone!

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                                                        1. re: redwood2bay

                                                          Writing on the food so it doesn't get eaten up - I love that idea!

                                                            1. re: spinachandchocolate

                                                              very familiar with peppermint bark-- but what is PB Pie??

                                                                1. re: NYCkaren

                                                                  no, I was abbreviating in same sentence...I want to know what Peppermint Bark Pie is! (from above your post)

                                                            2. Made dark chocolate w/ crushed nuts, chopped cherries and crystallized ginger on top. Had to minimize the sweets this year as so many are on low sugar diets. Came out really good and as it's so rich you can only eat a small piece.

                                                              1. Made our family's version of trifle...non traditional but we all love it and it seems like a lighter end to a big meal...made with eggnog...quite yummy...

                                                                1. Funny how dessert worked out: I made, by various requests and as planned, a lemon pecan pie, lemon buttermilk pie, and a chocolate mousse tart. I made L-P and L-B for Thanksgiving, and they were devoured. Although our neighbors joined us for dessert last night, making for a group of 12, neither of the lemon pies was touched. Most of the adults in attendance ate the caramel corn and studded meringue drops I'd made earlier in the week. The chocolate mousse tart, however, vanished immediately: three kids, ages 4, 5, and 6 ate an entire half! They were hilarious, their cheeeks and noses smudged with chocolate, and whipped cream in their hair. This morning I had to clean a tiny chocolate hand print from the sofa, where my niece fell asleep.
                                                                  And not to worry: DH had a piece of each of the untouched pies for breakfast.

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                                                                  1. re: nomadchowwoman

                                                                    The lemon pecan pie sounds interesting. Is it as sweet as a regular pecan pie?

                                                                    1. re: paprkutr

                                                                      No, which is why I think it was such a hit at T-giving.
                                                                      If you're interested, here's the link to the recipe, which I posted at the time (almost to the end of the thread):


                                                                  2. No one mentioned Trifle, done in a punch bowl, angelfood cake, pannetone, pound cake , anything you want to use of that nature, layered with fruit, strawberries, rasp, or mandarins, if you want the chocolate type, you can use, grandmarnier, sherry, tiamaria, your choice to sprinkle on the breads , layer, whip cream, coolwhip, whipped topping of choice again. Layer it up ending with shaved chocolate, fruits of choice. Here is where creativity comes in, no REAL RECIPE Enjoy the English desert that keeps in the fridge and gets better as it ages in the fridge!