Alternative Christmas Puddings

  • 01 of 06

    Alternative Lighter Christmas Puddings

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    Tipsy Laird Trifle. GettyImages

    After turkey and all the trimmings there's often little room left for pudding. A traditional Christmas pudding isn't the lightest kid on the block so for those who want something a little lighter, here is a selection of alternative Christmas pudding recipes. But, be warned, some may be light but they are also deliciously rich and decadent making them perfect for Christmas.

  • 02 of 06

    Traditional English Trifle Recipe

    Traditional English Trifle
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    A traditional English trifle is easily the British number two pudding for Christmas. There's something frivolous yet decadent with all that custard, cream, fruit and Sherry. Trifle also reminds me of my childhood Christmas, so is a personal favorite.


    A trifle is easy to make and here are three different trifle recipes: a traditional Sherry trifle, a quick, easy cheats trifle and a Zuppa Inglese, the Italian version of English trifle from Kyle Phillips, guide to Italian food.

  • 03 of 06

    Chocolate Yule Log Recipe

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    Christmas Yule Log Recipe. GettyImages

    This deliciously, decadent, cake filled with chocolatey goodness is a favourite at Christmas. It may be rich but it is still remarkably light. The log is often favored over a traditional Christmas Cake but equally can be served as a pudding (you can even have both, why not, it is Christmas?).

  • 04 of 06

    Classic Scottish Cranachan Recipe

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    Scottish Cranachan is a truly festive recipe, it is perfect for Christmas, Hogmanay and rounds off a Burns' Night Supper beautifully. To be authentic it is good to use Scottish raspberries and Scottish heather honey, but don't worry if you can't find Scottish, the wonderful ingredients in the Cranachan taste good anyway.

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  • 05 of 06

    Tipsy Laird Trifle Recipe

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    Tipsy Laird Trifle. GettyImages

    Tipsy Laird - also called Typsy Laird - is the Scottish trifle dessert served on Burns Night but works equally well for Christmas. Tipsy Laird is essentially the same as Trifle but with whisky not sherry, and Scottish raspberries.

    This version is quick and easy to make using ready-made custard or make with custard powder following the packet instructions. Use Scottish raspberries if you can for complete authenticity.

  • 06 of 06

    Decadent Chocolate Cream Recipe

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    Chocolate Cream Recipe. GettyImages - Halat Photography

    On any list of desserts, chocolate must make an appearance. This Decadent Chocolate Cream is a wholly indulgent chocolate recipe for a quick and simple dessert and is perfect for the Christmas table.