Christmas Cake, mince pies, chestnut stuffing, pickles, stollen, home-made chocolates, ginger biscuits, honey glazed ham, the list goes on... we have a large range of fine quality ingredients to help you create extra special dishes for this festive time of year.
Christmas is a busy time for the humble cranberry. It is used traditionally with roast turkey as a sauce or stuffing. It is also used in Christmas pudding, fuit cakes and mice pies. We sell dried and freeze-dried cranberries.
Prunes are dried plums of particular plum species. Prunes are one of the highest-fibre fruits and are available in pre-soaked form as well as dry form. We only sell un-sorbated prunes. Ideal to add moisture, flavour and sweetness to Christmas Puddings.
Apricots are another sweet and moreish fruity treat. All of our apricots are free from sulphur dioxide which means they are soft, moist and sweet. These can also become the base for mince pies, fruit cakes and fruit tarts.
Chestnuts are a naturally sweet and satisfying nut. Roast chestnuts are one of the highlights of bitterly cold winter months. They can be eaten as a snack, or added to stuffing or even bread and cake recipes.
Almonds are wonderfully sweet. It is thanks to almonds that marzipan, macaroons and amaretti exist which are enjoyed often over the festive period. Ground almonds can also be added to pastry and cake recipes.
Pop some pistachios in a bowl for people to snack on and you'll see how fast they disappear. We supply ready-shelled pistachio nuts to save hassle (they are also salt-free). We also provide salted snack pistachios of the traditional kind.
Cloves are probably the strongest flavour in most mulled wine. You can optionally grind the cloves finely before adding them to the wine, otherwise they tend to float around. Or, you can push the cloves into segments of orange before putting the whole lot in the pot.
Vanilla is like nothing else, having a unique flavour all of its own. It is the flavouring used in custard, as well as ice-cream and many desserts and confectionery. Vanilla is incredibly expensive due to its scarcity, but hopefully you will find our prices reasonable.
Star Anise is similar in flavour to aniseed, and is commonly used in Chinese cooking, as well as in India. It can be crushed or used whole, and is a very strong spice with many medicinal uses. Star anise is also used in mulled wine, and does have a slightly more "Christmassy" flavour than normal aniseed.
Delicious natural liquid flavourings.. These can be added to cakes, icing and creamy desserts to help enhance other flavours in the recipe. We have a growing range of extracts & essences including Orange Blossom Essence, Rose Water, Vanilla Extract and many other superior quality extracts from Nielsen Massey.
Sweet vanilla seeds & extract of vanilla..
Vanilla is like nothing else, having a unique flavour all of its own. We list both the vanilla pod, and extract.
It is the flavouring used in custard, as well as ice-cream and many desserts and confectionery.
Sweet chestnut puree, flour & whole
Chestnuts are highly nutritious, and are a particularly low-calorie nut. Surprisingly, they are quite high in Vitamin C. They have a sweet flavour and compliment various cake and sweet recipes very well. Chestnut puree is comonly used in gluten free baking.
Warming spice that compliments sweets..
This is the "sweet" form of cinnamon, which is suited to cakes, sweets and mulled wine. It originates from Madagascar. Commonly, cinnamon is enjoyed with apple, custard and biscuits.
Nutmeg is a dried nut. It can be used to flavour baking and cooking. Ground or grated, it has a unique flavour.
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