Food is a big part of anyone’s Christmas celebration. For those who consider themselves foodies, Christmas is probably the highlight of the year. And you can make your eating-minded friend’s holiday season even sweeter by giving them one of these delectable Christmas food gifts.
Chocolate Pralines ( $30+ for box of 9 / $42+ for box of 12)
Cafe Noel at Fairmont Singapore and Swissotel The Stamford, Tel: 6338 8785. Available from now to 25 December 2013.
The brainchild of Pastry Chef Ivy Wong, the exquisite selection of chocolate pralines was similarly created at La Maison Or Noir Chocolate laboratory in Meulan France, as a contrast to complement KaruKera 70%. A chocolate selection that is evidently more feminine with its mild cocoa hints enriched with the smoothness of milk that is rich in taste with subtle sweetness and a lingering finish to add, the sensational variety of chocolate pralines is available in six flavours – Milk Chocolate, Lychee Raspberry, Kalamansi Lime, Exotic Banana, Mango with Spiced Ginger and Coffee with Lemon. Catering to local preferences, the chocolate pralines highlight a balance of sweet and sour flavours alongside a fusion of well-loved combinations including the sweetness of mango and the subtle spice of ginger.
Sfera ($14 per piece)
Dolcetto by Basilico (Regent Singapore, Lobby Level), 1 Cuscaden Road, Singapore 249715, Tel: 6720 8000
Sfera, a one-of-kind Italian dessert which debuts at Dolcetto by Basilico this festive season. As delicately beautiful as a Christmas ornament, the Sfera is composed of a thin Amedei chocolate shell which cradles an equally exquisite blend of velvety smooth mousse. The red, for example, is a delicious blend of caramel mousse, caramel sauce, caramelized hazelnuts, Maldon sea salt and rich Manjari dark chocolate.
Homemade Christmas Stollen ($38+ for 500g) and Panettone ($42+ for 500g)
Carlton Hotel, 76 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189558; Tel: 6311 8195
Freshly baked in-house by the award-winning Pastry Team, these homemade goodies serve as great desserts this festive season. The fruits are dipped in liquor for months before using it as ingredients for the Stollen. This enhances the flavour of the fruits and ideally teamed with a cup of hot chocolate.
Dutch hazelnut cake ($32)
The Deli, Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Road, Tel: 6730 1786.
Simple pleasures are not forgotten this Christmas! The chefs present this traditional Dutch cake laced with icing, adorned with poached kumquat and brimming with nutty flavours with the addition of ground hazelnuts. A surprise is in stored as a ‘tunnel’ of rich hazelnut cream is unveiled when the cake is cut.
Christmas Apple Pie ($40)
Mandarin Oriental, Singapore’s festive counter, 5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square, Singapore 039797; Tel: 6883 3081
This is truly the season to be jolly with an exuberant Christmas goody from Mandarin Oriental, Singapore. Pastry Chef Cassian continues to delight pastry lovers with his Christmas Apple Pie, a pleasant marriage of golden apples, Sultana raisins and spices encased in a short crust pastry and almond crumble.
Joyous Snowman Mixed Fruit Cake ($45, approx. 1kg and 20cm in diameter)
Available at all Crystal Jade outlets.
This cute and fun looking cake will bring a smile to your loved ones. One of Crystal Jade’s best sellers, the vanilla sponge cake is packed with luscious bits of fruit – fresh strawberries, canned pineapples or peaches depending on availability. Artfully-decorated with chocolate drop eyes and mouth, a light cream nose and marzipan cheeks and ear muffs, this Joyous Snowman is set to bring about a jolly finish to a joyous feast!
Fleur De Sel Festive Hampers ($128 to $318 nett)
Fleur De Sel, 64 Tras Street #01-01 Singapore 079003; Tel: +65 6222 6861
Fleur De Sel, the new chic French restaurant at Tras Street, has specially packaged four types of hampers with prices ranging from $128 to $318 nett, as ideal corporate or personal gifts. All festive hampers are beautifully packaged in a plush rouge leather box and will include exquisite items such as artisan wines, homemade jams, savoury delights like rilletes and terrine, as well as delectable sweet treats like Cookie au Chocolat et Caramel a la Fleur de Sel.
Le Grand Basket Hamper ($188+)
Absinthe, 72 Boat Quay, Singapore 049860; Tel: 6222 9068
For festive goodies with a luxe touch, Absinthe’s Le Grand Basket Hamper will bring smiles to whoever going to receive this basket full of French goodies. The basket is packed with additional premium items of the savoury persuasion, such as a terrine of foie gras, sliced iberico ham, Sauvignon Blanc Capucine, Christmas cookies, Bovetti artisan chocolate bars and pimiento green olives, all sure to hit the spot this festive season.
See also, Where to eat on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Places to eat a lavish Christmas buffet in Singapore, 10 irresistible Christmas cakes to buy, Where to buy the perfect roast turkey this Christmas and Christmas Treats at Da Paolo Gastronomia.
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