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Season's eatings to lovers of desserts

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 14, 2013

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We end our Christmas countdown with desserts – sometimes overlooked as the focus is on turkey.

Darrin Hosegrove at Ashburton Cookery School understands that – after a calorie-laden main course – people might not want a Christmas pudding or a rich dessert. He's come up with two recipes that can be prepared in advance and are Christmassy enough not to make you miss the Christmas pudding.

"Poached pears make a lovely light dish," he says. "I'm not really a Christmas pudding fan. But I like these pears poached in a mulled wine which is really nice.

"Poached pears are a great little dessert and you can do it five days before you need them and just keep them in the poaching syrup.

"I make mince pies with a frangipane topping – just a pastry case and mincemeat and that almondy bakewell tart taste with a sponge finish.

"Or if you really want a Christmas pudding taste, make a Christmas pudding ice cream by mixing pieces of pud with a good quality vanilla ice cream.

"It's a special time so you want to have something special."

Visit Ashburton Cookery School's perfectchristmasdinner.co.uk website for tips and video guides to Christmas cooking, or download an app from the iTunes store.

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