Don't wait till it's too late – now's a good time to plan these Christmas puddings

There's sugar, spice and all things nice. Get ahead with your Christmas dessert preparation and you'll be rewarded on the big day.

Traditional Christmas pudding with Pedro Ximénez and brown sugar and fig ice-cream
With booze-soaked currants, lashings of brandy and glacé fruits, these Christmas pudding recipes are a classic sweet finish to your yuletide feast. They're best made five to six weeks before the big day, so now is a good time as any to start planning. Plus, our frozen variation on the Christmas pudding – just what you need for our hot Australian Christmases.