5 sweet treats for Christmas
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Serve a fantastic festive pudding for a memorable finishing touch, writes Emma Mayoh.
Christmas Black Forest Gateau
G Wienholt, Alderley Edge
The cakes, bakes and pastries from this renowned bakery need little introduction. Most days you’ll find a queue at this lovely shop, which all started in the 1860s when young confectioner Ferdinand Wienholdt came from Germany to find his fortune. Choose one of their showstoppers, their Christmas Black Forest Gateau, as the centrepiece of your Christmas Day dinner table for a dessert that’s a bit different.
G Wienholt, Alderley Edge, www.gwienholt.co.uk
Italian Salted Caramel Panettone
Naturally leavened, baked confectionery with salted caramel without candied citrus peel and raisins. This sticky, moreish panettone is made with subtly salted caramel for a unique twist on an Italian classic. Created by the Filippi family in the Veneto region of Northern Italy, it has a deliciously golden centre. From the Selfridges Selection range, £25.99.
Stores in Manchester Exchange Square and The Trafford Centre, www.selfridges.com
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Snugburys Christmas Pudding ice cream
Snugburys Ice Cream
Join the likes of Noel Gallagher and Zara Phillips as fans of Snugbury’s ice creams. Sisters Hannah, Kitty and Cleo run the business, set up by parents Chris and Cheryl Saddler. Stock up on their Christmas Pudding ice cream, the inspiration for which came from the family’s big tradition for homemade Christmas pudding. Try it with a pud or a warm mince pie. Delicious.
Snugburys Ice Cream, Hurleston, Nantwich. www.snugburys.co.uk
Eponine Patisserie and Chocolaterie
This fairly new chocolatiers, with bases in Greasby and Manchester, has won a raft of awards from the Academy of Chocolate. Perfect for an after-dinner treat are their divine gin and tonic chocolates or their silver award-winning salted caramels or apple brandy caramels.
Eponine Patisserie and Chocolaterie, Greasby and Manchester www.eponine.co.uk
Brandy, Port and Walnut Christmas Pudding
For lovers of tradition, this classic round Christmas pudding from Booths has generous helpings of brandy, port, vine fruits, walnuts and apricots.
Stores in Hale Barns and Knutsford, www.booths.co.uk