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  • Serves 24

  • 120 Minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Beginner

Suitable for gluten-free and vegetarians

This quick cheat’s fudge is fool proof – no sugar thermometers needed here! It’s deliciously rich and fudgy, with the perfect crunch from the chopped chestnuts. The perfect post dinner treat.

  • Serves 2

  • 20 Minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Beginner

Suitable for dairy-free, gluten-free, vegans and vegetarians

A quick and simple recipe to add a festive feel to your morning. Spread on toast, dollop onto pancakes, or eat from the jar with a spoon! It’s nearly Christmas after all. Keeps for up to 6 months in the fridge.

  • Serves 8

  • 60 minutes

  • 4 pans

  • Proficient

Suitable for gluten-free and vegetarians

These can be made ahead of time and frozen – bring out to defrost 30 minutes before serving. If you like the look of this recipe, there any many more available in The Pulses & Grains Cookbook – out now!

  • Serves 20

  • 20 Minutes prep - 2 hours in fridge

  • 2 pans

  • Beginner

Suitable for gluten-free and vegetarians

These chocolate tiffins are the perfect melt in the mouth treat alongside a cuppa. Wrap in baking paper and tie with string for a thoughtful Christmas gift, or share with friends and family on a cosy winter afternoon.

  • Serves 6

  • 45 minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Proficient

Suitable for vegetarians

This is a dessert for chocolate lovers, sweet lovers and food lovers in general.

  • Serves 24

  • 20 Minutes Prep - 1 Hour to set

  • 1 pan

  • Beginner

Suitable for vegetarians

These chestnut chocolate truffles are seriously decadent and yet really easy to make. Roll in cocoa powder, or get creative with your toppings, coating in white chocolate, or rolling in some Merchant Gourmet Whole Chestnut pieces.

  • Serves 8

  • 120 minutes

  • 5 pans

  • Beginner

Suitable for vegetarians

Super rich, indulgent and delicious.

  • Serves 5

  • 1 hour

  • 2 pans

  • Beginner

Suitable for vegetarians

Deep, dark, rich, gooey, slightly spicy and surprising, the Beluga lentils are like little chocolate chips inside the brownies.

  • Serves 20

  • 2 hours

  • 3 pans

  • Expert

Suitable for gluten-free, vegans and vegetarians

These candied chestnuts are quite a commitment, as doing them properly means spreading the work across 4 days. Don’t be put off though – each day requires only 5 minutes, and the end result is absolutely delicious!

  • Serves 8

  • 30 minutes

  • 2 pans

  • Beginner

Who doesn’t love a naughty chocolate treat?! These chocolate cookies are a slightly more healthy version of a classic favourite and perfect for a snack when those sugar cravings hit.

  • Serves 8

  • 80 Minutes

  • 2 pans

  • Proficient

Suitable for vegetarians

An original take on the humble mince pie recipe, with a variety of beautiful toppings to make them stand out from the crowd

  • Serves 6

  • 10 Minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Beginner

Suitable for dairy-free, gluten-free, vegans and vegetarians

A chestnut custard for Christmas, one that will happily serve everyone at your festive table including those on plant-based and dairy free diets

  • Serves 4

  • 30 minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Proficient

Suitable for vegetarians

What a joyful and simple tart to make, just cut out a circle of ready rolled puff pastry and away you go!

  • Serves 8

  • 30 Minutes Prep 25 Minutes Cooking

  • 2 pans

  • Proficient

Suitable for gluten-free and vegetarians

Is there a more Christmassy pudding than a chocolate chestnut roulade? Serve with pouring cream and some fresh berries, or whip 100ml of the remaining cream and lather on top of the chocolate ganache before you roll. Light, spongy and totally delicious!

  • Serves 4

  • 30 minutes

  • 2 pans

  • Beginner

Suitable for gluten-free and vegetarians

A fresh and fruity pud, top with greek yoghurt instead of whipped cream for a summery breakfast!

  • Serves 8

  • 1 hour

  • 3 pans

  • Proficient

Suitable for vegetarians

A delicious twist on the classic – baked with our super seed pouch which adds wonderful texture!

  • Serves 8

  • 1 hour

  • 4 pans

  • Expert

Suitable for dairy-free, gluten-free and vegetarians

A beautifully steamed and rich festive dessert which makes a wonderful gluten free alternative to the traditional Christmas pud – but with the same mouth watering look and feel

  • Serves 8

  • 1 hour

  • 2 pans

  • Beginner

Suitable for vegetarians

A beautifully delicate cake with halved plums and a crunchy almond topping – best served warm with creme fraiche

  • Serves 8

  • 1 hour

  • 3 pans

  • Proficient

Suitable for vegetarians

A rich seasonal cheesecake combining chestnuts and blackberries with a smooth and lusciously light texture

  • Serves 12

  • 30 minutes

  • 4 pans

  • Beginner

Suitable for vegetarians

An indulgent chocolatey treat with added texture from the quinoa.

  • Serves 2

  • 20 minutes

  • 2 pans

  • Beginner

Suitable for gluten-free and vegetarians

A little twist on the classic by using Merchant Gourmet Simply Cooked Wholegrain Rice and Quinoa with the comforting flavour of vanilla

  • Serves 6

  • 30 Minutes

  • 2 pans

  • Proficient

Suitable for vegetarians

A traditional, wintery, showstopper of a chestnut dessert

  • Serves 7

  • 20 Minutes

  • 3 pans

  • Proficient

Suitable for dairy-free, gluten-free, vegans and vegetarians

A traditional Italian dessert made with only chestnut flour and water, enriched with juicy dried fruits, dates, crunchy nuts and the sweet notes of orange. Humble but deliciously festive!

  • Serves 6

  • 1 hour

  • 1 pan

  • Beginner

This is a crumble inspired by mulled cider at Christmas to eat any time that it’s chilly.

  • Serves 8

  • 1 hour

  • 4 pans

  • Proficient

Suitable for dairy-free, gluten-free, vegans and vegetarians

This Chocolate Orange Polenta Cake is an amazing sweet, treat that tastes incredibly indulgent but actually only contains the most natural, wholesome ingredients.

  • Serves 2

  • 15 minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Beginner

Suitable for vegetarians

A delicious healthier pudding for when you fancy something sweet.

  • Serves 4

  • 30 minutes + freezing time

  • 1 pan

  • Proficient

Suitable for gluten-free and vegetarians

This dreamy ice cream makes an elegant accompaniment to any dessert, or is just as much of a treat all on its own

  • Serves 12

  • 55 Minutes

  • 12 pans

  • Proficient

Suitable for dairy-free, vegans and vegetarians

This showstopping dessert is a fantastic vegan alternative to the traditional chocolate mousse. It’s beautifully light and packs a protein punch with the fudgy lentil brownie base, without compromising on flavour.

  • Serves 12

  • 1 Hour 40 Minutes

  • 2 pans

  • Proficient

Suitable for dairy-free, vegans and vegetarians

These sticky salted caramel meringues are a real crowd pleaser! The salted caramel pairs perfectly with the chestnut cream, especially when sandwiched between two crunchy meringues! A great vegan alternative to the traditional meringue.

  • Serves 3

  • 35 minutes

  • 3 pans

  • Proficient

Suitable for dairy-free, vegans and vegetarians

These chocolate chestnut doughnuts are really fun to make and are ideal alongside a cup of coffee. The light and fluffy texture and silky chocolate ganache pairs perfectly with the crunchy chestnut brittle.

  • Serves 12

  • 30 Minutes

  • 3 pans

  • Proficient

Suitable for dairy-free, vegans and vegetarians

This warming and indulgent pear and chestnut cake is packed with hidden spice and perfect with a hearty dollop of ice cream on a cosy night in. Share with friends or slice and pop in the freezer if you’d rather keep it all to yourself!