• Yule log (bûche de Noël) (Alan Benson)Source: Alan Benson
Sheeple, take off your pudding goggles! Here are 15 sweets to make other than moisty steamed Christmas pud.
6 Dec 2017 - 5:02 PM  UPDATED 3 Dec 2020 - 10:24 PM

1. Colombian black cake (torta Negra Colombiana)

How Colombians do fruitcake. Okay, so you’ll need to start this cake 6 days before baking, but trust us, it’s well worth the effort.

2. Italian Saint Martin fruit pies

This Southern Italian pie is similar to a Christmas mince pie but also has walnuts, almonds and vincotto in the filling. 

3. Dutch Cinnamon pancake puffs (aebleskiver)

This is how the Dutch do Christmas eve - with these adorable, bite-sized buttermilk pancakes!

4. Aussie meringue twig Christmas wreath

Instead of baking the meringue in blobs, we've piped ours to look like twigs. 

5. Italian panettone 

Originally called Pan de Ton or the "bread of luxury", this Italian Christmas cake is the buttery love-child of cake and bread, eaten during the holiday period in Italy. (Leftovers makes killer toast with charred nectarines.)

6. Sri Lankan Christmas cake

The best Christmas cake you’ll ever eat comes from Sri Lanka. It's much closer to a flourless cake or a brownie than the usual rock-hard missiles that pass for Christmas cake, thanks to choko preserve.

7. Uruguayan sweet bread (pan dulce) 

Or try the Uruguayan version of panettone - theirs is made with a dough flavoured with honey.

8. French Yule log (bûche de Noël)

We've given the classic log a modern update with a combo of flourless chocolate cake, rich chocolate ganache and a lightly toasted Italian meringue.

9. Mexican Kings’ wreath (Rosca de Reyes)

This Mexican sweet bread ring filled with dried cherries and almonds is traditionally baked with a ceramic doll representing baby Jesus. The person who finds it has to host the next party. Tag, you're it!

10. English trifle

Rosewater syrup, rose-scented whipped cream, and chunks of Turkish delight dress up the English trifle - which you can make from store-bought Madeira cake, custard and Aeroplane jelly! Too easy.

11. Polish poppy seed kutia 

An old Slavic pre-Christmas dessert - a concoction of poppy seeds, honey, wheat, nuts and fruit - consumed on the longest night of the year, during a ritual to remember family ancestors. 

12. Swedish Christmas toffee (knäck)

When you want to end on a small sweet, take a page out of the Swedish kitchen with these make-ahead nutty clusters.

13. Maltese Christmas chocolate salami 

With no added sugar, this Maltese chocolate log uses dates, apricots and nuts for natural sweetness and crunch. Plus, there's a generous glug of whisky to keep things festive.

14. American Chocolate candy cane tower

And when you want to start the day with a large bang ... Yes, that is a giant tower of chocolate pancakes, for those who like to start with dessert for breakfast.

15. And if you really must have pudding, at least make it in popsicle form

These boozy popsicles are a great way to use up an excess of Christmas pudding. 

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