Cider, whiskey and buttercream - what's not to love?
The holidays are one of the few opportunities to let your hair down and enjoy a couple of drinks with friends and family.
But there’s no reason not to enjoy a few extra alcoholic drinks the edible way, with some booze-filled desserts to help digest a classic festive dinner.
DESIblitz presents some boozy alternatives to the traditional Christmas cake for you to enjoy this festive season. For adults only!
1. Bittersweet Chocolate Bourbon Tart
A delectable chocolate tart is a firm favourite during any holiday season. An additional splash or two of bourbon mixed in with bittersweet dark chocolate is a heavenly match.
To make, mix cream butter with icing sugar plus egg and flour for the pastry base. Add cocoa to make it a chocolate crust if desired, and leave to chill for a few hours before rolling out into a tart tin.
The filing is made up of melted chocolate and bourbon. Once mixed together, leave in the refrigerator overnight to chill. Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
Try this Bittersweet Chocolate Bourbon Tart recipe here.
2. Red Wine Velvet Cake with Whipped Mascarpone
A towering three layered red velvet cake with cream frosting makes a sensational centrepiece.
Add a dash of red wine and this cake elevates even higher up the ‘must have holiday treats’ list.
To make, cream the butter and sugar together and add eggs. Before incorporating your flour as with any other cake, add your red wine and vanilla extract.
What you’ll get is an intensely rich and dense cake that remains moist with the wine. The cream frosting layers will help to break up the richness for a creamy soft taste.
Try making this divine Red Wine Velvet Cake recipe here.
3. Amaretto Truffles
Amaretto truffles are a perfect after dinner treat with coffee or tea. The truffles are made with 50 per cent chocolate and a generous helping of liqueur.
To make, mix cream, butter and the amaretto in a pan over a medium heat. As it begins to bubble, transfer to a bowl filled with chopped chocolate. Gently stir after one minute.
To make the truffle balls, use a melon baller or ice cream scoop and roll the mixture into a ball using your hands before freezing.
Coat them in cocoa powder, icing sugar or chocolate sprinkles as you wish.
Try making this delicious dessert here.
4. Boozy Caramel and Coffee Dump Cake
Chocolate, caramel and coffee are a classic combination. But the addition of a coffee liqueur can really get your tastebuds going.
Luckily, this ‘dump cake’ is a pretty simple one, and you can simply adapt a box of chocolate cake mix and a box of chocolate pudding mix together in one.
Before baking, make sure you top with soft caramels and serve with drizzled chocolate or caramel sauce.
Try this very quick and easy recipe here.
5. Bailey’s Irish Cream Cheesecake
Make your cheesecake even more sinful by adding a generous helping of Bailey’s Irish Cream for an intensely smooth and satisfying experience.
The base is best made with crushed oreo cookies and covered in a chocolate ganache.
To incorporate the alcohol, first mix the cream cheese and sugar together before adding eggs. Then combine your Bailey’s with vanilla extract.
Try this boozy cheesecake recipe here.
6. Hard Cider Cupcakes with Whiskey Buttercream
To those Desi dads and uncles, this one’s for you! Boozy cupcakes are best served as a holiday treat in front of the TV.
Mixing hard cider, cinnamon and apples, this dessert just so happens to be a festive classic.
The cupcakes remain incredibly moist from the mix of brown butter, cinnamon, vanilla, cider and brown sugar. Plus an additional filling of whiskey apple centres, made from holing out the middle of each cupcake.
The buttercream is another delight, made with butter, icing sugar and a few tablespoons of whiskey.
Cider, whiskey and buttercream – what’s not to love? Try this generous alcoholic dessert here.
7. Rum and Date Cake With Caramel Sauce
A decadent date cake is a classic festive delight to enjoy on winter evenings in front of the fire.
Dark, rich and full of rum, this dessert takes the traditional bundt cake to a whole new level.
To make, pour boiling water and rum, onto a mix of fresh dates, dried prunes and raisins. Blend together into a puree.
To top the cake, make a warm caramel sauce by heating together butter, brown sugar, golden syrup and the last of the rum!
Try making this traditional festive cake with a kick here.
8. Christmas Eggnog Pie
Give Santa an extra special treat this year with a homemade Christmas Eggnog Pie.
This dessert is hassle free as you can use shop bought pastry and eggnog.
Heat together eggnog, milk, and vanilla pudding mix until it starts bubbling. Remove from the heat and add rum and nutmeg.
Chill the mixture in the pastry crust. Sprinkle with nutmeg and top with whipped cream.
Try this Christmas Eggnog Pie recipe here.
9. Loaded Chocolate and Hazelnut Liqueur Turnovers with Salted Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream
Made with pie dough that has been spiked with hazelnut liqueur, and filled with melted salted chocolate sprinkled with ground coffee.
To make the salted vanilla bean whipped cream, use icing sugar, hazelnut liqueur and heavy cream, and whisk until soft peaks form.
Try these loaded hazelnut turnovers here.
Holidays are a time for much deserved relaxation and enjoyment.
There’s no reason why adults can’t enjoy a boozy treat with these alcohol inspired desserts.
Just remember to keep out of reach of children!