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Gordon Ramsay - Eggs Benedict

Gordon Ramsay shows us how to make the perfect Eggs Benedict recipe in his festive special of Home Cooking. Eggs Benedict is a great way to start Christmas day and will keep you satisfied and fuelled up all the way through to the main event - Christmas lunch!

The combination of poached eggs with runny yolks, soft fluffy toasted muffins, crispy parma ham and velvety smooth hollandaise sauce is just perfect and makes Eggs Benedict one of the most popular breakfast recipes in the world.

Paul Hollywood - Stollen

Stollen is a really tasty Christmas fruit cake that contains marzipan and is dusted with sugar. Paul Hollywood shows us how to create his own stollen recipe in The Great British Bake Off Christmas Special.

Boasting lots of candied fruit, orange zest, cinnamon and cardamom, stollen ticks all of the boxes required for a good Christmas recipe, and it's loved in Germany where it originates.

Mary Berry - Chocolate ganache

Mary Berry makes a lovely tunis cake and tops it with chocolate ganache in this years Christmas special of Great British Bake Off, and we'll show you how to make your own ganache that you can use for a variety of recipes.

Chocolate ganache is a lovely smooth, creamy and rich topping for cakes and pastries, it's also really easy to make with only three ingredients and a bit of heat, grab our recipe below.

Chocolate ganache recipe


280g dark chocolate - at least 70% cocoa
284ml double cream
1tblsp golden caster sugar

Mary Berry - Gingerbread house

Gingerbread houses are so much fun to make with the kids and the fact that they're edible is all the more reason to make one. Mary Berry shows us how to make a great house in the Christmas special of Great British Bake Off.

A good place to start with any gingerbread house is a good gingerbread dough, lots of icing, sweets and anything else you can think of to decorate your house.

Think about the elements you want to have in your gingerbread house and how you might be able to create them. Cadburys chocolate fingers make a great log effect for a front door for example. 

Mary Berry - Tunis Cake

Tunis cake is a really good traditional Christmas cake alternative and Mary Berry makes her own version in typical style.

Essentially tunis cake is a simple medeira base with a thick layer of chocolate ganache on top and decorated with fruits made from marzipan. Although you can buy the tunis cake from all major supermarkets, recipes for it are a little thin on the ground so read on for our own version below.

Top tips for Mary Berry's tunis cake

When melting your chocolate be careful not to overheat it as it can become bitter and grainy.

Paul Hollywood - Christmas Leftover Pie

What a great way to use up all of those leftovers! Paul Hollywood's Christmas Leftover Pie is a perfect Boxing Day meal in itself.

Paul creates his leftover pie from all of the usual suspects including turkey and brussels sprouts. It's the perfect centre piece for the typical cold meat and cheese platter many families eat on Boxing Day, and many families prefer to the traditional Christmas lunch the day before. 

Serve up Paul Hollywood's leftover pie alongside meats and cheeses and with piccalilli, pickle and mustard for a variety of flavour combinations. 

Lorraine Pascale - Filo Pastry Mince Pies

From her new book, A lighter way to bake, Lorraine Pascale makes some lovely Filo Pastry Mince Pies, with her own homemade mince pie filling.

It's so easy when making homemade mince pies to go and buy ready made mincemeat from a jar for your filling. We urge you to make your own though as it's so much more rewarding and it's pretty easy too. There are a lot of ingredients in a good mincemeat and a fair measure of alcohol too, so the freshness of all of those ingredients will be far superior to the shop bought alternative.

Tom Kerridge - Spiced Orange Cake with Plum Sauce

Try Something a little different for dessert after Christmas lunch this year with Tom Kerridge's Spiced Orange Cake recipe. Plumb Sauce and Christmas pudding ice cream, it's a lighter option but still has all of the spicy and fruity flavours you expect from Christmas.

The recipe is actually quite simple with only three main elements, the spiced orange cake, the plum sauce and the Christmas pudding ice cream, and you don't need any special tools to make it either, just a food processor and a 24cm loaf tin.

Tom Kerridge - Brussels Sprouts With Chestnuts

As part of Tom Kerridge's quest for the perfect Christmas lunch, he adds a great Brussels Sprouts with Chestnuts recipe which is a firm favourite with many people.

The flavour combination of the chestnuts and sprouts if perfect and it can be made even better with the addition of crispy fried pancetta or bacon.

We have created our own recipe for Brussels sprouts and chestnuts below for you to try.