This tangy, subtly cheesy mash with a crunchy topping has revolutionised my cooking life

Simply Nigella Christmas: Make-ahead mash

This slow-baked ham is a revelation. Cooked like this, the meat is astonishingly tender and carves with ease

Simply Nigella Christmas: Slow-cooked black treacle ham

This slow-baked ham is a revelation. Cooked like this, the meat is astonishingly tender and carves with ease

BRUSSELS SPROUTS WITH CHESTNUTS, PANCETTA AND PARSLEY The sprout recipe below is really only a slight detour from the traditional route. By all means, stick to the orthodox if you prefer by adding only buttery chestnuts to the Brussels sprouts, but what follows is now my own traditional way of cooking them. There is a lot of parsley, I know, but think of it as another vegetable ingredient rather than a garnish.

Brussels Sprouts With Chestnuts, Pancetta and Parsley

Christmas Rocky Road: It’s not that I felt my usual Rocky Road Crunch Bars needed any improvement (though fiddling with recipes is one of life’s pleasures) but I thought they would benefit from some seasonal adjustment. So, out go the Rich Tea biscuits and in come amaretti and – in the seasonal spirit – I’ve crammed in some Brazil nuts and glacé cherries (as red as Rudolph’s nose), along with snowy mini marshmallows.

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Star-Topped Mince Pies:This is the way I make my mince pies, and there is no changing me or them: they are small, to be popped straight into the mouth in one go; the pastry is plain, the better to contrast with the rich, fruited filling; and they have not full casings but little stars as lids, which makes them look beautiful and taste flutteringly light.

Star-Topped Mince Pies

Nigella Lawson's Star-Topped Mince Pies recipe omits the traditional animal suet in the mincemeat, making them veggie-friendly.

CHRISTMAS MORNING MUFFINS: 250 grams plain flour 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 100 grams caster sugar 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg (or good grating of fresh nutmeg) 2 clementines (or satsumas) approx. 125 ml full fat milk 75 ml vegetable oil (or melted butter left to cool slightly) 1 large egg 175 grams dried cranberries 3 teaspoons demerara sugar (for the topping) | Nigella

Christmas Morning Muffins

CHRISTMAS MORNING MUFFINS - nigella lawson - i love love love these and they fill the house with beautiful smell of spices on xmas morning

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Recipe: Nigella's Christmas puddini bonbons

Recipe: Nigella's Christmas puddini bonbons - Helen made these last year and they were lush! Got to make some this Christmas.

A dark, moist and squidgy Christmas cake filled with prunes, raisins, currants, chocolate and more, courtesy of Nigella Lawson. Mmmm!

Chocolate fruit cake

The prunes in this easy Christmas cake ensure that it is dark, moist and squidgy - but what makes it really special is the chocolate.

Spiced and Superjuicy Roast Turkey: For me the only turkey is a brined one. Not only does it tenderize and add subtle spiciness, but it makes carving the turkey incredibly much easier. You have only to try this method to be utterly convinced. And I mean to say: how hard is it to fill a pan or large plastic bin or bucket with water and spices and lower a turkey into it?

Spiced and Superjuicy Roast Turkey

Nigella's all-star Christmas part 2: Cranberry and soy glazed cocktail sausages  | Daily Mail Online

Nigella's Cranberry and soy glazed cocktail sausages

PERFECT ROAST POTATOES Needs must and all that, so I have always been an open anti-perfectionist, but in truth (and I’m sorry to repeat what I’ve said before) it is impossible to cook roast potatoes without needing them to be perfect, which to me means sweet and soft inside and a golden-brown carapace of crunch without.

Perfect Roast Potatoes

It is impossible to cook roast potatoes without needing them to be perfect, which to me means sweet and soft inside and a golden-brown carapace of crunch without.

Nigella's cinnamon almond cake (nigella lawson) - egg whites, olive oil, and almond flour

Nigella's Italian Christmas: Cinnamon almond cake

Nigella's original for reference: http://www.nigella.com/recipes/view/ham-in-coca-cola-171                                                                                                                                                                                 More

Nigella Lawson’s Coca Cola Ham

Cola ham with maple & mustard glaze: Cook a juicy gammon joint in a cinnamon-spiced stock, then add a sticky syrup and clove sauce and serve in thick slices

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