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Get Christmas Baking

There are plenty of festive treats you can make well in advance of Christmas week. Take a look at our round up of some of the best recipes around for two of the most traditional options and one avant-garde option.

Christmas Cake

There is nothing like the smell of Christmas cake in the oven to get you in the festive spirit. Even better, make it now, wrap well and you will have a delicious cake to enjoy throughout the Christmas period.

A quick poll of the team here voted Delia Smith's Classic Christmas Cake recipe the best recipe to follow.

If you're looking for a lower sugar option than a traditional Christmas cake why not try Diabetes UK's Rich fruit cake recipe?  Bake now and freeze ready to defrost on Christmas eve.

Christmas Pudding

Another recipe that is the epitome of Christmas. There are some amazing ones you can buy ready made but if you're looking to make your own this year we don't think you will go far wrong with Mary Berry's Traditional Christmas Pudding with brandy butter.

Catering for gluten free guests? Why not give Jamie Oliver's Gluten-free Christmas pudding a go.

Something a little bit different

Not into traditional Christmas desserts or just looking for a different option? The BBC Good Food website has a whole range of freeze ahead options. Our top pick is the Freeze-ahead chocolate and chestnut parfait, with fresh oranges, chocolate and amaretti biscuits - delicious!

If you're looking for more inspiration have a search online or take a look at the recipe books at your local library. What Christmas treats do you always bake in advance? Why not share your Christmas recipes with us on Twitter? Tweet @eastherts using #ChristmasEH.