Bronze-feathered turkeys are a slow-growing breed renowned for their full flavour and succulence, and Waitrose Duchy Organic Free Range Bronze Feathered Turkey Crowns come from Vincent Carr, a fourth-generation farmer based in Co Donegal, Ireland. “Everything we do is to organic standards,” says Vincent. “The birds are indoors at night for their protection, with straw bedding and plenty of engaging stimuli for pecking. During the day they roam around in the fields, just coming back in if they’re hungry. We’ve got fruit trees in the fields, and they’ll peck at the apples and pears that fall to the ground, and the herbs that grow there. We feed them an organic diet, but you know your birds are happy and well when they’re foraging naturally, instead of just depending on you.”
We’re such fans of that time-honoured after-dinner treat, coffee and chocolate, that we’ve taken the flavours and poured them into three uniquely tempting products. Our Tiramisu Panettone, a fusion of two much-loved Italian desserts, is a deliciously light panettone infused with coffee and mascarpone, topped with dark chocolate and coffee biscuit pieces. The intriguingly named Chocca Mocha Wensleydale is the ultimate post-dinner combination of creamy cheese, bittersweet chocolate coffee nibs and chocolate liqueur, all working together in perfect harmony. And Heston Blumenthal has created his own choc-coffee delight with the Heston from Waitrose Espresso Martini Chocolate Torte – rich coffee and chocolate mousse, with flavours of salted caramel and an espresso martini-soaked chocolate sponge, on a biscuit base.
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without mince pies. This year we’ve taken them to another level with our No. 1 Brown Butter Mince Pies with Courvoisier. Encased in rich, buttery pastry made with browned butter for a nutty flavour, the mincemeat contains glacé Amarena cherries, apricots and almonds, laced with a splash of COURVOISIER® VS Cognac, making them the perfectly indulgent festive treat.
Panettones have become a firm festive favourite in the UK, both as an after-dinner treat and as a gift. All of our panettones are created from a traditional mother dough recipe that was started in the 1960s at a family-run bakery based in Fossano, in the Piedmont region of Italy. Each one takes 70 hours to create – 60 hours of which is just the rising process. A new flavour this Christmas is the No.1 Sicilian Orange Nocciolato Panettone, made with Sicilian orange peel and Sicilian blood orange paste and finished with a delicious sweet and crunchy hazelnut frosting.
Christmas is a time for giving and our two new charity baubles will support several important causes. We have so much to thank the NHS for, especially after the past 18 months. The Charity Heart Rainbow Bauble, in the shape of a bright rainbow heart, will support NHS Charities Together, with 25% of the sale from each bauble going to staff and volunteers caring for Covid-19 patients. The Advent of Change charity tree decoration is an iridescent bauble embellished with 10 different star designs, each representing a charity supported by sales. The corresponding charities can be found on the box the decoration comes in.