One of my favourite Christmas memories is helping my Pa making his home-made mince pies. Pa’s mince pies were the stuff of legend, with the entire family eagerly awaiting the first batch. Likewise, my Grampy starts his annual Christmas Pudding in July, painstakingly soaking it and re-soaking so that come Christmas Day, you can smell the brandy from 6 feet away.
It is from both my Grandfather’s that I got my love of Christmas food, and Christmas baking. Each year, I spend a day baking treats for my co-workers and friends. In fact, after much trial and error I created my own Mini Christmas Puddings – the recipe which I have resolutely kept a secret for years.
However, as I have no intention to give up my secrets just yet (Sorry!), I will instead share some other ideas for Christmas Food Gifts – forget the box of chocolates, some of London’s finest restaurants are offering up some amazing food gifts this festive season.
Here are just a few that I have stumbled across:
The chef’s at The Ritz started preparing their Christmas Puddings in August. On sale in December, each pudding will be beautifully packaged in boxes carrying The Ritz logo and be accompanied by an authenticity certificate. At £20 they make the perfect present for those hard to buy for family members.
For those after something a bit more extravagant, The Mount Street Deli has everything you need to create the perfect Christmas Bellini as well as cheeses, chutney and truffles in a Christmas hamper for £150
The Ivy is also this year launching it’s very first Christmas hamper full of champagne, the finest cheese Christmas pudding and iconic Ivy napkins. At £175 these are now available for pre-order.