Check out these tasty no-effort puds to save time and hassle

Not sure what to serve up for afters this Christmas? When you’ve slaved over the turkey and the rest, a low-effort but high-impact dessert is what’s needed. Some of these can be served straight from the fridge with no prep required at all. Big bonus. 


1. Spiced Christmas meringue wreath

This show-stopper is deceptively simple and looks great as a table centerpiece. It’s really just meringue, cream and fruit – easy-peasy and absolutely delicious. See recipe for meringue wreath.

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Spiced Christmas meringue wreath


2. Citrus fruit salad with spiced syrup

When you’ve stuffed your belly with turkey and all the trimmings, sometimes all you want is something fresh and light to finish. Unconventional, we know, but if you don’t mind breaking from tradition, this fresh, bright and simple orange dessert with flavours of cardamom and cinnamon is just the ticket after a heavy main. See recipe for citrus fruit salad with spiced syrup.

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Citrus Fruit Salad with Spiced Syrup


3. Belgian chocolate and raspberry baubles

Sainsbury’s chocolate baubles are back! Filled with Belgian chocolate mousse, moist chocolate sponge and a raspberry compote – these luxurious individual desserts are a dinner party win. Purchase them here.

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Belgian Chocolate & Raspberry Baubles


4. Chocolate and salted caramel choux wreath

This festive choux pastry ring is suitably Christmassy. Filled with salted caramel mousse and salted caramel sauce, it'll go down a treat. Serve with a glass of bubbly or a nice cup of tea.

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Chocolate Caramel Choux Wreath


5. Easy trifle

The clue’s in the title. Everyone loves a Christmas trifle but it usually takes a bit of time to make. Try this cheats’ version which is really just a simple assembly job. The recipe includes instructions for homemade custard but you can easily use ready-made to save even more time.

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Easy Trifle


6. Taste the Difference Limoncello Buche

The buche de noel style of dessert can be found in many French patisseries at Christmas. For something a little different, Sainsbury’s have created their own take on the classic with the limoncello buche – a delicate vanilla sponge layered with a Sicilian lemon sauce and topped with a light limoncello mousse.

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Taste the Difference Limoncello Buche


7. Chocolate roulade

Fun to make and an easy crowd-pleaser, all this roulade recipe demands of you is a homemade chocolate sponge and vanilla cream. Our top tip? Roll your roulade first while it’s still hot from the oven, it’ll be so much easier to roll again when you’ve added filling. See recipe for chocolate roulade.

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Chocolate Roulade


8. Mince pie puff

One giant sharable mince pie with puff pastry – genius! If anything, this is even simpler to put together than its smaller cousins – no fiddling around with small cuts of pastry and muffin trays. See recipe for mince pie puff.

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Mince Pie Puff


9. Cheat’s tiramisu

This recipe takes all the best bits of tiramisu and simplifies it, so all you need to do is layer up some cream and sponge in a glass. Quick, indulgent and delicious. Your guests will thank you. See recipe for cheat’s tiramisu.

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Cheat's Tiramisu


10. Baked chocolate & clementine cheesecake

You can prepare this stunning dessert in just 15 minutes, then leave in the oven to bake for an hour. That’s plenty of time to wrap pressies, have a glass of mulled wine or a cheeky mince pie while you wait. See recipe for baked chocolate & clementine cheesecake.

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Chocolate & Clementine Cheesecake