olive's 2023 baking advent calendar
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Countdown to Christmas the olive way with 25 days of delicious treats ✨ From now until Christmas Day, we’ll be sharing a showstopping bake that’ll fill your kitchen with festive joy. Sign up for free to get access to four exclusive baking recipes, including a Christmas custard tart, elegant pomegranate rose meringues, an effortless fruit and cream layer cake and moreish nougat and salted peanut brownies. Show off your creations on social media with the hashtag #oliveadventbaking and let us know your favourites in the comments below.
Day 1 – Baileys tiramisu trifle
We are kicking off Advent with the most popular Christmas dessert from our repertoire. Created by original GBBO winner, Edd Kimber, this stunning tiramisu-inspired trifle is made up of a variety of layers – Baileys custard, chocolate custard, coffee and amaretto soaked sponge and espresso whipped cream. Make this luxurious dessert for an impressive centrepiece at your Christmas Day feast – it's very low on prep so it's a nice option if you don't want to spend hours in the kitchen.
Behind the door of day two of the olive baking advent calendar lies our exclusive cranberry custard tart recipe with cinnamon cream, ideal for effortless festive entertaining.
Day 3 – After Eight cake
Celebrate day three of Advent with a gloriously decadent bake. This coffee-rich bundt cake features a peppermint cheesecake filling, dark chocolate glaze and After Eight decoration. Who wants a slice?
Day 4 – Baileys tiffin
We’re back for day four of olive’s baking advent calendar with one of our most popular festive treats, ideal to make as a homemade gift. This festive fridge cake combines Baileys with three types of chocolate, shortbread and maraschino cherries. You don't have to include the edible glitter but it does add a certain festive sparkle!
Day 5 – Frangipane mince pies
On the fifth day of Christmas surprises, we give you an elevated twist on a classic. Our mince pies conceal a layer of almond-flavoured frangipane and are topped with flaked almonds for a grown-up treat. Add a splash of your favourite spirit or liqueur to the mincemeat for a boozy kick. Perfect for a festive dessert served with cream.
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We’re back for day six of olive’s baking advent calendar with a classic Christmas dessert. A tangy cherry compote and light chestnut cream beautifully balances the rich chocolate roulade.
Day 7 – Pomegranate rose meringues
Day seven means it's time for another exclusive dessert recipe. Whip up a batch of meringues and top with an elegant combination of rose cream, pomegranate, pistachios and mint.
Day 8 – Chocolate trifle
Behind day eight's door we've given trifle an luxurious upgrade with rich dark chocolate custard and hazelnut liqueur – the ultimate Christmas dessert for chocolate lovers.
Day 9 – Italian panforte
On the ninth day of Christmas we are celebrating this popular Italian festive bake. Chewy, nutty and sweet, it's packed with pistachios, almonds and dried fruits.
Day 10 – Bûche de noël
Serve this bûche de noël for a Christmas dessert showpiece. This festive log features layers of chocolate sponge, chantilly cream and chocolate buttercream.
Day 11 – Caribbean rum cake
Back by popular demand, this decadent and boozy cake from Caribbean chef Keshia Sakarah is fed with spiced rum and traditionally served during the festive season for a rich and luxurious dessert.
Day 12 – Fruit and cream layer cake
For those in the exclusive club, we are gifting you this effortless way of elevating a panettone or pandoro, layering it with cream and boozy cherries or fruits of the forest.
Day 13 – Chocolate yule log
Need a showstopping dessert recipe to impress guests over the Christmas period? Check out our beautiful festive yule log with dark chocolate, a boozy Baileys cream and crunchy hazelnut brittle.