We've consulted some past issues of our favourite food and home glossies for some fabulous Christmas magazine recipes you can make in minutes. Here are five of our favourites to whip up during the festive season - it's time to indulge! First up, dessert of course! First featured in BBC Good Food's December 2016 issue (which you can download from Pocketmags), this Black Forest Christmas Fool is super easy to make and the perfect pudding for a big crowd. If you've got a chocolate, fruit or Christmas cake that needs eating up after the big day, it's also a great way of making use of leftovers - even if it's slightly stale, the kirsch and cream will add plenty of moisture and punchy flavour. Delicious!
One of our favourite Christmas magazine recipes of all, despite being the healthiest! Why not go for a big bowl of seasonal greens guaranteed to please? We discovered this great side dish in delicious. magazine's December 2015 issue; whipped up in just a few minutes, it's an ideal finishing touch to your Christmas table. You can even get it rustled up and ready while everyone is still pulling crackers! A sprinkling of hazelnuts and lemon zest adds plenty of texture, complementing your turkey to a T. Sprouts are old news! First featured in Olive magazine's December 2013 issue, these roasted root veggies are a colourful staple for any Christmas table. This may be one recipe that takes more than 5 minutes, but the minimal prep with maximum flavour makes it a winner for us. We love the pomegranate molasses for adding a tangy Moroccan twist too - a scrumptious update on your usual roasted vegetable offering!
No yule table is complete without a side of cranberry sauce and it doesn't come better recommended than a tried-and-tested Good Housekeeping recipe! If you love a spoonful with your turkey, try this twist on a Christmas classic - the addition of mixed spice, ginger, honey and brown sugar adds wonderful depth. We found this recipe in an old Christmas 2014 issue, but luckily for us GH have the full recipe and method on their website, too.
Last but not least, a sparkling cocktail for the starriest night. We've been saving this January 2016 Living Etc recipe for MONTHS! Here's what you need to whip it up:
Spiced Apple Martinis
For the syrup:
- 750ml apple juice
- 75g caster sugar
- 10 thyme sprigs
- 1 teaspoon juniper berries, lightly crushed
- Peel of 1 lemon
- 2 star anise
For the martini:
- 250ml vodka
- 125ml dry vermouth
- 60ml lemon juice
- 1 cup ice cubes
- Dried apple slices to decorate (optional)
Boil the apple juice, sugar, thyme, juniper berries, lemon peel + star anise in a medium saucepan for 15 minutes. Strain and discard the herbs. Refrigerate until cold (we found you could make this syrup a few hours ahead – good if you want to save time). To serve, mix the syrup with vodka, vermouth, lemon juice and ice. Stir until cold. Garnish with the dried apple slices for decoration.
We've hope you've enjoyed our favourite Christmas magazine recipes - from all of us at magazine.co.uk, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!