Tasty Christmas treats and tipples
PUBLISHED: 10:58 06 November 2019
Forget the turkey and stuffing, at Christmas it's all about the cake - and what to drink with it!
My Nana made the best ever Christmas cake, tailored to our family's tastes with no nuts, no dried fruit and icing which didn't set rock hard. The best drink with it was a decent cup of builder's tea.
But everyone's different. Here are some ideas to get your festive tastebuds tingling.
Woodforde's festive brew Tinsel Toes has rich and spicy fruit flavours - a great accompaniment to a mince pie and brandy cream.
Enjoy festive vegan treats such as Christmas pudding brownies, Yule cupcakes, and orange and almond Christmas wreath from Deerly Beloved Bakery.
Norfolk's Give It Some Beans Around the World in a Cup (Dark Roast) (4/5) is a three-bean blend coffee ideal with festive treats and cakes.
The Time for Tea Christmas Hamper from Bakers and Larners of Holt includes sweet treats as well as various teas and coffee.
Chet and Waveney Vineyard's award-winning Horatio Sparkling Rosé is ideal to sup with Christmas cake. This English sparkling wine is made from grapes grown on the vineyard in Bergh Apton.
Tuck into super indulgent pistachio, cardamom and rose water bakes and sweet miso tarts, baked by Julie Philpot of Norfolk's Poppyseed Baking and available at Black Apollo coffee shop in Holt. Or try deep-filled mince pies at Moulton St Mary nurseries.
Soft drink for grown-ups
If you fancy a non-alcoholic cold drink, try one from the Breckland Orchard range, such as strawberry and rhubarb. Available at farm shops, cafes, delis, coffee shops and fine food halls.
Rich and delicious
Sara Rose at Norfolk Rose Cakes in South Creake makes cakes to order. Rich fruit Christmas cakes can be any size and made to suit individual tastes.
A box of six Festive Macarons costs £8.95 and includes old favourites such as sloe gin and mince pie, as well as several new flavours for 2019 from Norwich-based Macarons and More.
The new St. Giles Distillery limited edition gin is so new it hadn't been photographed when we went to print. Spiced Orange and Cranberry, it's described as 'Christmas in a glass' with a light fusion of orange and cranberry and a wonderfully warm finish.
If you want a novelty cake, look no further than Norfolk baker Sarah at Doyle-licious. Fruit cakes are decorated with marzipan and icing, bursting with 3lbs of fruit, and nursed with brandy over the weeks and months leading to Christmas. She also makes Christmas tree cupcakes and Christmas-themed sponge cakes.
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