Whether you’re cooking a Christmas feast for the first time, or you have everyone over each year, we’ve put this edition together so you have every recipe and idea you need in one place, from old favourites to fun new twists.
The approach of the festive season always fills me with the excitement of catch-ups with the people most special to me. I’m already well into planning mode, making sure I tick all the key boxes, while including a few spins on tradition, plus all the final flourishes, of course! That’s what this bumper issue is all about. The recipes are designed to be mixed and matched with each other, making the big day simple to plan, but with your own special spin. We’ve also included a multitude of clever shortcuts. Our cheat’s hams (page 116) are a perfect example – there are three to choose from, and each one uses a brilliantly easy glaze. Then, of course, there are all the amazing cakes, puddings and desserts! I can’t wait to bake my pudding, whip up a pavlova and spend time with family. Thank you for spending a great year with us and happy holidays. Enjoy!