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.

You can’t beat a pavlova recipe, especially a crisp-chewy meringue base, with nuggets of chocolate. The meringue provides an enticing layer beneath the cream and crimson raspberries.

Nigella Lawson’s chocolate raspberry pavlova

Nigella Lawson 's Chocolate Raspberry Pavlova: You can’t beat a summer pavlova recipe, especially a crisp-chewy meringue base, with nuggets of chocolate. The meringue provides an enticing layer beneath the cream and crimson raspberries.

Chilli Jam: Although I call this chilli jam, I don't mean by this that it's the sort of thing you'd spread on your toast at breakfast (though smeared inside a bacon sandwich, it could be a real help one hungover morning) but rather a chilli jelly - chelly? - that glows a fiery, flecked red and is fabulous with cold meats or a cheese plate. And just a small pot of it makes a gorgeous present.

Chilli Jam

CHILLI JAM a chilli jelly that glows a fiery, flecked red and is fabulous with cold meats or a cheese plate. And just a small pot of it makes a gorgeous dinner party present.

Nigella Lawson's Dense Chocolate Loaf Cake with Booze and Coffee, Plus Two Fair Trade Giveaways

Nigella Lawson’s Dense Chocolate Loaf Cake with Brandy and Coffee

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

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.

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

Nigella's Italian Christmas: Cinnamon almond cake

CARAMEL CROISSANT PUDDING with bourbon and cream!  Oh my GOD. Maybe Christmas morning?

Caramel Croissant Pudding

CARAMEL CROISSANT PUDDING (Nigella Lawson) I make this with leftover banana bread & rum (hubby's favourite) and its most definitely "swoon-worthy" Great weekend pudding but definitely filling.

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.

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 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

Nigella's Italian Christmas: Chocolate salame

Nigella's Italian Christmas: Chocolate salame

Chocolate salame does have a certain charm, especially when dusted with icing sugar and tied like a proper salame with string.

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