Winter Desserts are about one thing – nice, hearty filling puddings to warm us up on a cold evening. Fruit salad and the like are for warm summer days; when it comes to winter, we want something hearty. So here are some delicious winter desserts that are so tasty, you won´t want summer to arrive …
Cranberries are of course very strongly associated with Christmas. But why save them for just one day? Their sharpness goes well with the sweeter pears to make what is basically a crumble. Serve with cream, ice cream (always delicious with warm desserts) or custard. Create seasonal winter desserts or enjoy cranberries all year round with this sweet treat.
You just can´t go wrong with a chocolate dessert, can you! Most cooks are terrified of making soufflés out of fear that they will collapse. This recipe only requires a short cooking time, so you don´t have to worry about constantly checking it, it´ll be ready in just 10 minutes.
If you do fancy a fruity winter dessert, then spice it up with this delicious dish full of fresh and dried fruit. It would be ideal served after a filling main course, and all the fruit means that for a winter dessert it´s incredibly healthy. Not to mention tasty!
If you can track down quinces, which admittedly aren´t the most commonly available fruit, then here´s an interesting variation on upside-down puddings. Pears would be a good substitute, but if you have a quince tree in your garden, now you know what to do with your harvest!
One approach to winter desserts is to serve warm fresh fruits that would normally be eaten cold. Here, pineapple is caramelised and served with a rum sauce. Delicious and warming, and a long way from the canned fruit, so it´s worth tackling a whole pineapple to make this dessert!
Steamed puddings are a winter classic – hearty, warming and filling, they´re the kind of desserts that our grandparents grew up on. The only drawback with steamed puddings is that they do take a long time to cook, although there are microwave versions. You could swap the lemon for orange, or try lemon and lime.
A splash of alcohol does make fantastic winter desserts – we all know about its warming effects! Here, Baileys liqueur adds a new twist to the classic dessert. Try whatever you have in the house – rum or Cointreau would be delicious (plus a tot to accompany the pudding!).
Cookies also make a great dessert, and oatmeal is very warming! So make these cookies for dessert one day (hopefully they´ll last a few days, but who knows). They´re full of spices, which also have a warming effect, and are decorated with icing.
These lovely winter desserts will warm you up in these cold months. If you´re worried about calories, don´t forget that we need extra calories to keep us warm! You can always have a small portion anyway. Winter desserts are the perfect way to end a meal, so what is your favourite – do you have any family recipes to share?
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