Entertaining

Although it's lovely to have friends round for dinner, the last thing you want is to be chained to the kitchen. Delia's recipes for entertaining allow you to prepare ahead, or involve minimal work before serving, so you can have a stress-free, relaxed evening as well!

 
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Italian Chocolate Nut Christmas Cake Makes one 8 inch (20 cm) round cake

Italian Chocolate Nut Christmas Cake

Chocolate, nuts and brandy find their way into this wonderful Italian Christmas cake from Anna del Conte - so good you could also serve it for dessert.

 
 
Steamed Panettone Pudding with Eliza Acton's Hot Punch SauceServes 6

Steamed Panettone Pudding with Eliza Acton's Hot Punch Sauce

Light and full of Christmas flavour, this steamed panettone pudding will go down a treat after the turkey on Christmas Day! Serve it with an alcoholic citrus sauce for a festive finale to remember...

 
 
Watercress and Lancashire Cheese BreadMakes 1 loaf

Watercress and Lancashire Cheese Bread

What could be easier than this delightful bread, which can also be made as a gluten-free version? Serve it with soup, lunch dishes or on its own, liberally slathered with butter.

 
 
Parsnips with a Mustard and Maple GlazeServes 4-6

Parsnips with a Mustard and Maple Glaze

Glazing parsnips with mustard and maple syrup gives them a whole new dimension… wonderful with any roast meats or poultry or as a vegetarian dish.

 
 
Fallen Chocolate Souffle with Armagnac PrunesServes 6-8

Fallen Chocolate Souffle with Armagnac Prunes

This is the recipe for all those who daren't attempt a souffle: it's supposed to sink! You can freeze both the souffle and sauce and, if you prefer, use port or amaretto instead of French-inspired Armagnac for the prunes.

 
 
Cabbage with Bacon, Apples and CiderServes 4-6

Cabbage with Bacon, Apples and Cider

Give plain cabbage the four-start treatment in this tasty recipe that would go particularly well, says Delia, with bangers and mash.

 
 
Caramelised Button Sprouts and Shallots with Sherry VinegarServes 8

Caramelised Button Sprouts and Shallots with Sherry Vinegar

You need small, tightly enclosed Brussels sprouts for this recipe, in which they are jazzed up with bacon and sherry vinegar. We defy anyone to turn round and claim not to like sprouts after trying this!

 
 
Caribbean Bananas Baked in Rum served with Rum SyllabubServes 6

Caribbean Bananas Baked in Rum served with Rum Syllabub

Rum-soaked raisins and rum in the syllabub mean that this recipe has an alcoholic kick to it… A really lovely dessert that's easy to make and will go down a treat.

 
 
Oven-roasted Carrots with Garlic and CorianderServes 4

Oven-roasted Carrots with Garlic and Coriander

Winter carrots can lack flavour and appeal, but if you add coriander seeds and slightly caramelise them in the oven, they seem to take on a new lease of life.

 
 
Sauteed Caramelised FennelServes 4-6

Sauteed Caramelised Fennel

This lovely caramelised fennel would go brilliantly with any fish, meat or chicken but maybe, due to the inclusion of cider and cider vinegar, particularly well with pork.

 
 
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