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Christmas Day might be all about waking up to presents and stockings at the end of your bed when you’re a kid, but things can get a little tougher once you reach the adult world. While you still want to succeed in making an epic Christmas feast – you don’t want to miss out on all the day’s fun by spending it stuck in the kitchen. Enter the quick and easy Christmas recipes. From breakfast right through to evening snacks and drinks, we’ve got a varied selection of simple Christmas recipes you can try this season to take the stress out of cooking. Discover our top 5 Christmas food ideas for some quirky twists on dishes to serve throughout the big day.

 

1. Easy Christmas Breakfast: Baked Eggs

Looking for something healthy but filling to have with your presents on Christmas morning? Baked eggs are not only quick and easy, but will keep you going right through to Christmas dinner. Made up of spinach, pesto, double cream, cheese and eggs – simply mix the first three ingredients in a shallow ovenproof dish before making two wells and giving a delicate sprinkling of cheese. Break an egg into each and place in the oven for 12 minutes on 200°C, it’s as simple as that.

2. Easy Christmas Dessert: Christmas Trash

This US treat is probably one of the easiest Christmas desserts you can make. The dessert is a mish-mash of cereal, chocolate and pretzels all bonded by melted white chocolate. The traditional US recipe calls for Kellogg’s Crispix, but these can be replaced by cupboard staples such as Rice Crispies, Cheerios and Shreddies (basically anything with a crunch).

Mix your cereal selection with your favourite M&Ms and some pretzels before drizzling over melted white chocolate chips (done in the microwave of course). Spread onto a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper and let it set – then break, serve and devour. The beauty of Christmas dessert recipes like this one is that you can add and change ingredients to mix it up your own way and make your perfect Christmas treats.

3. Easy Adult Christmas Dessert: Alcoholic Miracle Fudge

For something slightly more sophisticated than broken cereal and melted chocolate, miracle fudge offers an alcoholic option for this year’s Christmas dessert recipe. This five ingredient masterpiece is made in the microwave, so there’s no stress of standing over the hob while trying to complete the rest of Christmas dinner. Combine milk, butter and sugar, and stir. Microwave on high for 10 minutes, stirring every few minutes along the way. Then add your cocoa or vanilla dependent on preference, as well as a few tablespoons of your favourite liqueur or whisky. Simply spread out onto a tin or tray and let it set for an hour before serving. (Or cheat and throw it in the freezer once cooled a little for your Christmas treats in half the time.)

4. Easy Christmas Drinks: Christmas Coffee

The perfect partner for your mince pie or Christmas cake come the end of the night, Christmas coffee brings a festive kick to your favourite brew. Boil sugar, cocoa, cinnamon and water over a medium heat before adding to half a mug of freshly brewed coffee. Add milk if desired – as well as a splash of Baileys, Kahlua or brandy to give it an extra twist.

5. Easy Christmas Dinner Side: Devil Pigs in Blankets

Looking for a classic Christmas dinner side with a twist? Pigs in blankets meet devils on horseback in this quick and easy sweet savoury mix – that’s prunes, apricots and sausages wrapped in bacon, to you and me. Soak your dried fruit in orange juice or white wine before wrapping up with a sausage in mustard smeared bacon. 20 minutes on 220°C and your devil pig fusions should be ready to impress.

And that’s it! Five quick and easy Christmas Day recipes to make your celebrations delicious – and hassle free. Try out your favourite easy recipes from above this Christmas with remnants from your kitchen cupboards – or head to your local SPAR to top up!