Besides the usual make-ahead Christmas cakes
, there are many other sweet endings that can be made days in advance:
Pots de crème au chocolat
Sounds posh, but these chocolate pots are easy to make and can sit in the fridge for a day before serving. Be sure to cover well with cling flim, and top with cream and chocolate shavings, if desired, right before serving.
Orange brandy butter
Easily made a few days in advance, this luxurious brandy butter can be kept in the fridge in its serving dish until Christmas day.
Christmas ice cream bombe
Ice cream cakes are perfect make-ahead candidates, and can be made days, if not weeks, in advance. This festive recipe has a decided Christmas flavour, and guests are sure to love it!
Egg nog custard tart
Make the digestive biscuit base days in advance, then whip up the filling (made in the microwave!) on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning. Chill in the fridge until serving.