Traditional English Recipes
Christmas Food

For most English families, Christmas is a giant feast as well as a celebration, so there will be many traditional English recipes we dig out only once a year.

That's not an ideal situation for a cook, because how is one meant to remember from one year to the next how many raisins produced the best pudding mix or how much salt you really added to the Cumberland sauce?

I often leave little notes in the recipe books I've used, but whether they survive until the following Christmas is anyone's guess - and even though I have my grandma's cookery book, a beautiful bound tome with index tabs inside, I only rarely add to her and my mum's notes.

So to make it easier on myself, and everyone who struggles a bit when it comes to Christmas food, I've started this page where I'm collecting some tried and tested traditional English Christmas recipes - as a useful lookup come the time. It's meant very much as a starting point. Many families have their own traditions and very special recipes and if you'd like to share your own favourites with us, I'd be very grateful indeed!

Traditional English Recipes for Christmas

So there you have it. An initial handful of recipes that are either firm Christmas favourites, or blend wonderfully with everything going on at that time of year.  I hope you give some of them a try, while I'm aiming to add to this page as I experiment with more delicious Christmas food.

Traditional Christmas Food Essentials

Fancy having a tradition Christmas dinner?

British Corner Shop have many of the traditional food stuffs used to make homemade cakes and puddings, and if you're not up for all the preparation why not cheat and buy some quality products that we use here in England. All this and worldwide delivery!

Home Baking


Christmas Cakes

Mince Pies

Pickles and Sauces

Stuffing and Gravy

And if you're going to all the trouble of preparing Christmas dinner don't forget the little extras that go along with the celebrations.

A selection box was always part of my childhood Christmas and would either be in the Christmas stocking at the end of my bed or wrapped up and sitting beneath the Christmas tree.

You can't have Christmas dinner without the snap of a cracker, the funny party hat, and corny jokes. It's all part of the traditional fun we have on Christmas and Boxing Days!

There's nothing better than a tub of chocolates to pass around whilst watching the Christmas film shown on TV or learning to play the new family game!

Traditional Christmas Extras

Christmas Selection Boxes

Christmas Crackers

Chocolate Tins and Tubs

For cheats and treats and other ideas to make Christmas run smoothly...
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