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Christmas 2020: Waitrose unveils bakery range

first_imgThere’s a tipple or two in Waitrose’s Christmas dessert range this year. The usual suspects in the form of sherry-laden treats such as trifle and mince pies make an appearance beside the more innovative rum-soaked stollen and peach bellini-inspired panettones.On the savoury side, the retailer has gone for retro with a twist as classic centrepieces and party foods get spruced up for 2020.Here’s our pick of its sweet and savoury bakery range… British Venison WellingtonMove over beef, Waitrose has upped its game this year with the introduction of a British Venison Wellington (£30). It features venison loin topped with a mushroom duxelle, made from porcini mushrooms, brandy and thyme, plus juniper and blackberry wrapped in puff pastry. For added visual appeal, the lattice pastry is topped with a deer motif. The Night Before Christmas Mince PiesSpoil Santa this Christmas with the latest creation from Heston Blumenthal’s range. Complete with a clock face on the carrot and caraway shortcrust pastry, these mince pies (£3.50 for six) are filled with mincemeat with vine fruits and carrot, laced with cream sherry. For added warmth, smoke-flavoured sugar is sprinkled on top. Vegan Festive Filo SwirlsSquash, spice and all things nice. For its vegan-friendly main, Waitrose is offering up Moroccan-inspired spiced vegetables with apricots and raisins in a crispy filo pastry (£6.99). Apricot & Peach Bellini PanettoneBellinis are breaking out of brunch and into bakery as Waitrose pairs this Italian cake with candied apricot, peach and an apricot centre, infused with sparkling wine syrup. The Apricot & Peach Bellini (£10, 750g) is described as a ‘twist on the classic, with a little extra sparkle’. The retailer’s panettones are made using a traditional sourdough recipe from a third-generation Italian bakery, taking 70 hours to create. Tipsy StollenStollen just got more interesting thanks to the Heston from Waitrose range. The Tipsy Stollen (£9) is made up of a rich brioche dough with dark rum-soaked vine fruits, fudge pieces, lime zest and ginger filled with marzipan and topped with pineapple, cherries and a sprinkling of demerara sugar. Sherry & Balsamic Vinegar Christmas PuddingAnother of Heston’s adaptations, this pudding (£14, 800g) delivers a boozy hit from three types of tipple. The Turkish sultanas are soaked in ruby port as well as aged balsamic of Modena, which Waitrose says brings out their fruity flavour. The pudding itself contains apple, cider and ‘dark and intense’ Pedro Ximénez sherry, with the flavours developing over a 12-month maturation period.center_img Lobster Thermidor Vol-au-VentsIt doesn’t get any more retro than Lobster Thermidor Vol-au-vents (£9 for a 10-pack). These party food favourites contain lobster and king prawns in a creamy white sauce laced with Cognac. Here’s what other retailers have planned for festive bakery:Aldi Christmas range 2020Asda Christmas range 2020Ocado Christmas range 2020Tesco Christmas range 2020 Creamy Smoked Salmon TartsAdding a bit of colour to oft-beige party food spreads are Waitrose’s Creamy Smoked Salmon Tarts (£6 for 10). They comprise smoked salmon, lemon and crème fraiche nestled in a beetroot pastry case. Christmas Curry Bangers & BriocheFancy something different for lunch in the run-up to Christmas? Waitrose reckons its Christmas Curry Bangers & Brioche (£3.30) will cut the mustard. A brioche roll is filled with smoked pork sausage, sauerkraut, curry ketchup, mayonnaise and American-style mustard with fried onions. The Queen of TriflesBow down to The Queen of Trifles (£12). Providing a modern twist on a classic, and one that doesn’t have to be served in a decorative glass bowl from the ‘70s, is the rectangular trifle featuring a sherry-soaked sponge, vanilla custard, jelly, meringue and pistachio crumb.last_img read more