Delia Smith's Christmas by Delia Smith

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  • Serviam on June 11, 2011

    While some may suggest that Delia is uncool (shame on you!), this is a must have book if you want to try something other than turkey at Christmas. The stuffed goose with prunes and armagnac is fantastic. Accompany it with the braised red cabbage with apple and roasted parsnips and potatoes (use the goose fat to roast them in). The Christmas pud icecream is pretty good too

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  • Christmas chutney

    • rebecca1july on June 16, 2011

      Make this every year always great with hams and cheese

  • Little sticky toffee puddings with pecan toffee sauce

    • FJT on November 12, 2011

      Seriously good ... I used to make a large batch of these and freeze them, then make the sauce to go with them on the day of serving. Heaven on a plate!

  • Champagne jellies with syllabub cream

    • FJT on December 25, 2016

      This didn't rock my world and I used a sparkling wine that I love. Won't be trying it again.

  • Vegetarian 'sausage rolls'

    • linc on December 31, 2012

      These are seriously good have made them for the last 5 years each Christmas the kids have come to expect them now

  • Traditional roast turkey

    • KarinaFrancis on December 30, 2013

      This is the best turkey recipe I've tried, perfect every time. If you follow Delia's time plan the whole day will run smoothly, she even factors in time for you to have a cup of tea

  • Chestnut soup with bacon and thyme croûtons

    • KarinaFrancis on August 09, 2015

      I took a few liberties with this soup so not sure how far the flavour has strayed from the original, but it is really good, earthy and tasty with a touch of sweet. Changes I made: sweated the veg and added a big bacon bone and a peeled and diced apple (I read that in another recipe), simmered the stock for about an hour. Then added the chestnuts for a further 45 mins, blitzed the soup and done. Will feature in future Christmas menus. Note: there is an online version of this recipe, but it differs from the book.

  • Spiced pickled pears

    • Foodycat on December 20, 2019

      These are so delicious with cold meats or cheeses. For some reason my family has always used dried pears instead of fresh, using half the amount of dried, and halving the simmering time.

  • Irish coffee pudding

    • Foodycat on August 26, 2018

      This is an old favourite - separates out into lovely layers so it looks very pretty and more difficult than it is.

  • Traditional Christmas pudding

    • Caketracey on September 29, 2015

      This is now the only recipe I use for Christmas pudding. I'm sure it keeps well but it doesn't get the chance in my house!

  • Creamed turkey en croûte

    • Caketracey on September 29, 2015

      When I have served this to friends they don't believe it is made with leftovers. It tastes wonderful and can be varied according to what you have left in the fridge. I've even deliberately cooked too much food just so I can make this recipe.

  • Little mincemeat soufflé puddings

    • Pamsy on February 28, 2020

      Makes a change from Christmas Pudding, much lighter and the rum Sabayon is a perfect partner.

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  • ISBN 10 0563360488
  • ISBN 13 9780563360483
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  • Published Oct 11 1990
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 192
  • Language English
  • Countries United Kingdom
  • Publisher Ebury Press
  • Imprint BBC Books

Publishers Text

In this collection of her Christmas recipes, Delia Smith demonstrates how you can easily cope with the whole gamut of Christmas entertaining, whilst still having plenty of time to relax with your family and friends. Delia gives advice on how to choose the very best produce from turkeys to chocolates, from glace fruits to smoked salmon. She shows you how to organise yourself so that you've got plenty of time when the family and friends arrive. With her help you can prepare many dishes in advance and with her 36-hour countdown to Christmas lunch you can make sure nothing goes wrong for that most difficult of meals to get right. She gives lots of unusual ideas for Christmas parties from fork buffets to drinks parties, including Cheese Tartlets with Wild Mushrooms, Quails Eggs and Hollandaise and Iced Christmas Pudding topped with glace fruits marinated in Madeira. Over 100 new recipes include 5 different kinds of Christmas cake and foolproof ways to ice them, a complete vegetarian Christmas including Cheese Terrine with Apricot Chutney, and recipes for Christmas gifts such as Chocolate Truffles.

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