Christmas at GAIL’s
Christmas is a million moments.
The first card you receive through the post and the last one you pop through your neighbour’s letterbox. A hold-your-breath Nativity play (nervous shepherd, second row on the right) and a hug and well-deserved star-shaped biscuit afterwards. It’s opening tomorrow’s window on the Advent calendar today because you can’t wait.
The aroma of wood smoke and of buns warming in the oven for breakfast – redolent of orange and vanilla or chocolate and almond – that wakes even a hibernating teenager. A sip of champagne and a nibble to share with friends you haven’t seen in too long.
The crunch and the spirit while shopping lifts you up and wears you down. The wrapped packages that say ‘thank you’ to teachers and friends at work with every bite. Enjoying sweet before savoury and feasting throughout the day, as Christmas Eve turns into Christmas and you tuck the last present under the tree with a yawn.
Reviewing a to-do list that keeps getting longer over a tray of bread and cheese. And it’s remembering that the list doesn’t really matter, because Christmas arrives anyway, just like it does every year. Savouring the indulgence and the ride of festive traditions. Merry Christmas!
Sprinkled with Demerara sugar.Christmas Buns
Made with frangipane, chocolate crumbs, cinnamon, candied orange zest and vanilla. Iced with orange crème fraîche. Baked throughout the day.
Smoked turkey, Mayfield Swiss cheese, chipotle aioli and bacon jam on Malted Wholegrain Sourdough.
Iced Bauble Biscuits
Lightly spiced speculoos biscuits shaped into a festive bauble and iced with royal icing.
Lightly spiced speculoos cookies.
Rich chocolate cookies with almonds and sour cherries.
Made only with nuts, cinnamon, sugar and eggs (no dairy, no flour), this southern German Christmas speciality is a new favourite of ours. We use a combination of almonds, walnuts and hazelnuts to make them a little bit more special and add brown sugar to the spice, so it captures all the festive flavours.
Made without wheat flour. A chewy almond macaroon-like cookie, traditionally from Lombardy, Italy.
Festive citrusy jam, perfect with toasted French Dark Sourdough.
Our festive loaf made with jammy sultanas and crushed toasted fennel seeds.
Bigger than our everyday loaves, it’s perfect for sharing and serving with cheese.
White and wholemeal wheat flour, water and salt. The quintessential wholemeal sourdough and our signature loaf.