At Christmas, I think it's important to have some clever cheats up your sleeve. Puddings you can make ahead of time then leave in the freezer until needed are great. If you try and do everything on the day, you'll be dead on your feet come January and it won't have felt like much of a holiday at all. I see this dessert as a sort of cross between a summer pudding and an arctic roll, so it hits a lot of those retro buttons. Because it's an assembly job, anybody at all can make this – so if ...
How to make panettone
Learn how to make perfect panettone with brilliant baker Richard Bertinet. The sweet, fragrant fruity bread is one of Italy's favourite Christmas treats for a reason.
Mary Berry's recipe for Chocolate and Irish Cream Roulade from Mary Berry Cooks the Perfect. It's one of Mary's all-time favourite party desserts as you can make it ahead and it also freezes beautifully (un-iced). All you need to do is simply thaw the roulade in the fridge overnight and drizzle over the icing just before serving.