Christmas culinary treats

Entertaining is part and parcel of the Christmas period and it is a great time to have fun in the kitchen, preparing anything from festive bakes to mulled wine or roasted chestnuts. Guests will most certainly appreciate the warming aromas and, if you’re planning on visiting others over Christmas, then a little package of home-baked biscuits will be a welcome gift for the host. We’ve rounded up some brilliant products and creative ideas for the festive kitchen, which we hope will help you to realise your Christmas culinary ambitions!

Our selection:

We love how relatively easy it is to make one of these impressive edible biscuit tree centrepieces. The set includes ten cookie cutters, three disposable icing bags and two icing nozzles, and a vanilla cookie recipe.

Nordic Ware Village Cake pan, £36.95, Divertimenti
Nordic Ware Village Cake pan, £36.95, Divertimenti

Why not create your own Alpine village scene with this cake pan, which enables you to bake six little houses at a time. To add some pretty architectural details, get creative with coloured icing and then sift a little icing sugar over the scene for a snowy effect. We think this would be a lovely Christmas Eve treat for the little ones in the family.

Cookies gift idea and product suggestion: set of 3 cookie cutters – Christmas trees, £7.50, Rockett St George
Set of 3 cookie cutters – Christmas trees, £7.50, Rockett St George.

For a thoughtful gift idea, how about baking batches of biscuits and packaging them in a box tied up with stripy string? To aid your baking triumph, Rockett St George has some good Christmas tree and star cookie cutters; Pipii have boxes and string.

Image credit (star cookies): iStock.com/Rimma_Bondarenko

Handmade By Emblem stamp, £19.50, The English Stamp Company at notonthehighstreet.com
Handmade By Emblem stamp, £19.50, The English Stamp Company at notonthehighstreet.com

If you are going to make your own gifts this season, adding a hand-stamped tag that has been customised with the maker’s name, will add a smart finishing touch. This stamp is a particularly nice one and should do the job well.

Gold and Silver glittery food toppers, £6.50 for pack of 24 assorted, Postbox Party
Gold and Silver glittery food toppers, £6.50 for pack of 24 assorted, Postbox Party

Add some sparkle to your mince pies with these festive food toppers.

Glass punch bowl set, £49, Sophie Conran
Glass punch bowl set, £49, Sophie Conran

Mulled wine is a great crowd pleaser at parties and, as well as tasting delicious, it infuses the house with lovely warming scents. We love this elegant set from Sophie Conran which includes the bowl, a glass ladle and six glasses.

Hot chocolate with marshmallow snowman

‘Tis the season to drink hot chocolate! For a festive special treat, it may be time to get creative with some marshmallows as we think that kids will be mightily impressed if you serve them a mug of hot chocolate with a snowman reclining in it.

Image credit: iStock.com/ZinaidaSopina

 

Chestnut roaster, £7.95, Graham & Green
Chestnut roaster, £7.95, Graham & Green

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire (as the well-known Christmas song begins), a lovely sight and smell during the winter months. This lightweight stainless steel pan can be used on electric or gas hobs but is the most fun over a roaring fire.