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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.