Waitrose has offered a sneak peek inside its Christmas stocking with an array of indulgent sweet and savoury baked goods on offer.
Indulgence is high on the agenda as it adds on-trend twists to familiar festive fare resulting in treats such as the Parmesan & Cracked Black Pepper Panettone or Mandarin Negroni Stollen.
The retailer has also sought inspiration from across the globe with a Basque cheesecake hailing from Spain, a limoncello pandoro from Italy and empanadas gracing the menu.
Here’s a closer look at some of the items on offer:
Pear & Fig Mince Pies in Triple Cheese Pastry
Heston Blumenthal has put his spin on mince pies by drawing inspiration from one of his favourite recipes – Eccles cakes with potted stilton. This new iteration sees puff pastry laced with Cheddar, Emmental and Italian hard cheese filled with mincemeat made with lump vine fruits, figs, Bramley apple, a splash of ruby port, candied pears, nutmeg, and ginger.
Parmesan & Cracked Black Pepper Panettone
Waitrose claims this is a supermarket first as it adds a savoury twist to the Italian staple. The panettone is made with butter, parmesan, and black pepper. Serving suggestions include toasted and topped with charcuterie, pâté and cheese, or as a special breakfast topped with smoked salmon, a poached egg and hollandaise sauce.
‘Nduja and Burrata Profiteroles
They’re profiteroles, but not as you know them. Waitrose is serving up a savoury and spicy twist on the choux bun made with on-trend ingredients. The savoury choux pastry is filled with creamy burrata, a Cheddar & mozzarella sauce and spicy nduja.
A zesty alternative to a Christmas cake, this Italian star-shaped pandoro has a tangy limoncello filling. Waitrose suggests slicing it horizontally before layering with mascarpone and lemon curd, all finished with a dusting of icing sugar.
Vegan Mini No Beef Empanadas
Crisp pastry encases a rich soya mince, red pepper and carrot filling all spiced with a blend of garlic, parsley, cumin, black pepper, cinnamon, coriander, chilli, and turmeric.
Basque Cheesecake with Tipsy Fruits
Waitrose is serving up its take on the classic dessert from Spain’s Basque region. This creamy cheesecake is made with Madagascan vanilla and baked at a high temperature for a caramelised top. Serve with the warmed sauce, made with plump vine fruits, Christmas spices and a dash of brandy.
Christmas Dinner Sausage Roll
Hoping to give Christmas sandwiches a run for their money, Waitrose has created the Christmas Dinner Sausage Roll. Available from the deli counters, it features golden puff pastry made with lactic butter and filled with outdoor-bred pork, turkey, and cranberries.
Mandarin Negroni Stollen
Part of the Heston from Waitrose range, this sweet Christmas classic has been combined with the bitter boozy flavours of a negroni. The brioche dough is filled with marzipan and speckled with candied orange and mandarin pieces, steeped in mandarin negroni and decorated with candied orange slices.
Three Bird Layered Pork Pie
Waitrose describes this as a classic pork pie with a twist. Hot water crust pastry is filled with layers of outdoor-bred pork, pheasant, turkey and duck liver pâté, and hand-finished with port jelly.
Festive Baklava Collection
These Levantine-inspired treats include five varieties of sweet baklava. Made with layers of filo pastry soaked in syrup, they’re flavoured with fruit, nuts, spices and chocolate. Flavours include mincemeat & pistachios, cashew, sultana & cinnamon, date & ginger, cranberry & chocolate, and, chopped almonds with chocolate
Christmas bakery ranges 2022
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Parmesan panettone and festive sausage rolls: the Waitrose Christmas range 2022