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THE big Christmas taste test

We put this year’s pies, puddings and panettones through their paces to make sure only the best made it onto these pages. It’s a hard job (actually, it is quite!), but someone has to do itÉ



The traditional conclusion to the Christmas lunch needs to be saturated with luscious fruits and have a deep, mature flavour – a good splash of booze is a bonus.


Iceland Luxury 12 Month Matured Christmas Pudding, £6 for 750g

This traditional domed pudding packs a boozy punch and is heavy with nuts and cherries, but remains well balanced. Rich and moist like a good old-fashioned figgy pudding.


Waitrose Rémy Martin 12 Month Matured Christmas Pudding, £12 for 907g

The moist crumb, crunchy nuts and touch of citrus went down well with the panel. Not too sweet, and with a decent alcoholic kick, too.


Harrods Decadent Christmas Pudding, £18.95 for 907g

Beautifully glossy and exceptionally boozy, this pudding is a goldmine of brandy-soaked cherries, pecans and dried fruit. The taste is buttery and treacly with a rich mouthfeel – a proper festive treat.


Rick Stein’s Padstow Christmas Pudding, £22 for 907g,

The fruitiest pudding tested, with a refreshing, balanced flavour and dark, shiny exterior. The dash of rum wasn’t enough for some tasters, who wanted a little bit more oomph.

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Make your Christmas and New Year the best ever with our December issue. Shopping’s a breeze with our last-minute gifts, drinks advice and festive taste test. On the sweet side, there’s cake decoration, Scandi baking recipes and 16 pages of showstopper puddings. The River Cottage’s Gill Meller rustles up a fish pie, Theo Randall slow-cooks Italian beef stew and Raymond Blanc makes the best party canapés. For a stress-free Christmas day cook our classic turkey lunch with timeplan or squash and chestnut vegetarian wellington, then roast our cover ham for Boxing Day. Finally, see out the festive season with our recipes for leftovers. Happy Christmas – guaranteed!