Top 20 Easy Christmas Baking Recipes | Christmas food and drink

eAsi. birthday. the bread. Three of my favorite words Three of my favorite things. Twenty perfect recipes. Nigel and Nigella! Maple Walnut Biscuits from Jeremy Lee. Breakfast loaf from Honey & Co, marmalade from Margaret Costa. Christmas presents: Flamkuchen from Anja Dunk and Swiss Chocolate Cake from Yotam. There are flavors: cheese and shortbread from Olia Hercules, sage and onion from Benjamina Ebuehi, and stilton brownies from Claire Thomson. There is dessert: chocolate plum pudding and candy cane biscuits. Really, simply delicious. Merry Christmas from OFM.

Chocolate gives this Christmas pudding its intense flavour

Saffron custard and panettone pudding. Photography: Matt Russell

An Italian twist on buttered bread and dessert

Orange jam.
Orange jam. Photo: Kate Whitaker/The Observer

A festive treat for breakfast, best eaten hot

tart.
tart. Photo: Anja Dunk

This is a very simple German version of pizza

Minced meat rolls.
Minced meat rolls. Photograph: Jonathan Lufkin/The Observer

Filo pie is a take on the classic mince pie

Sage and onion twists.
Sage and onion twists. Photo: Kate Whitaker/The Observer

A delicious type of traditional bread, perfect for parties

Honey bomb recipe from Trine Hahnemann

Honey bombs.
Honey bombs. Photography: Columbus Leith

A classic Scandinavian treat to have with hot tea

Cranberry and orange loaf with yogurt.
Cranberry and orange loaf with yogurt. Photo: Kate Whitaker/The Observer

Cranberries make this simple cake into a festive treat

Apple cake and calvados.
Apple cake and calvados. Photo: Kate Whitaker/The Observer

The brandy elevates this bread into something of an avilable wonder

Christmas cheese and quince cake bake.
Christmas cheese and quince cake bake. Photography: Joe Woodhouse

A great little canapé to go with a pretty cup of holiday blooms

Ginger pear.
Ginger pear. Photography: David Loftus

Three types of ginger go into this festive dessert

Hazelnut chocolate brownies.
Hazelnut chocolate brownies. Photo: Kate Whitaker/The Observer

These brownies get their power from hazelnuts instead of walnuts

Sticky toffee pudding.
Sticky toffee pudding. Photo: Kate Whitaker/The Observer

Intense and light, Christmas comfort food at its finest

Maple and walnut biscuits.
Maple and walnut biscuits. Photo: Kate Whitaker/The Observer

Easy to prepare and as good with ice cream for dessert as with a cup of tea

Brunsley chocolate cookies.
Brunsley chocolate cookies. Photograph: Jonathan Lufkin/The Observer

These spicy Swiss treats can be baked just before the holidays

Chocolate chip candy biscuit.
Chocolate chip candy biscuit. Photo: Kate Whitaker/The Observer

This cookie is inspired by American mint ice cream

Medjool dates breakfast loaf, honey and macadamia.
Medjool dates breakfast loaf, honey and macadamia. Photography: Patricia Niven

Start the day off with this truly Christmassy treat

Masala Chai Pecan Bandit.
Masala Chai Pecan Bandit. Photo: Kate Whitaker/The Observer

A welcome spicy addition to a festive tea table

Chocolate, dulce de leche, cantucci.
Chocolate, dulce de leche, cantucci. Photography: Jonathan Lufkin

Small pots of delicious chocolate and caramel, perfect for Christmas

Stilton cookies and figs.
Stilton cookies and figs. Photo: Kate Whitaker/The Observer

Cheese and fruit give this humble cupcake a place on any Christmas table

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