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More than Chocolates and Champagne For Valentines at Harrods

Stumped for Valentines Day present? Check out these foodie gifts from Harrods. Yes there is a lot of red and pink but it is all very classy.

I especially loved the gold flecked Turkish delights and the Prestat Chocolate Truffles.

Harrods Valentine Gifts

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If you felt like putting a bit more effort into your gift you could make the French Love Cake.

Harrods Valentine Gifts

If you don’t fancy making a cake, the cake shop in the food halls made these heart shaped cakes filled with a little cake, some chocolate mousse and a raspberry jelly centre. They are so beautiful to look at, it seems a shame to cut into it.

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…or some strawberry cupcakes.

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There is something for everyone and you can’t go wrong with a bottle of Pink Champagne, a bouquet of red roses  and maybe a handbag from the ground floor Handbag Room.

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There are lots to choose from. All these are available from Harrods Food Halls.

Harrods

87-135 Brompton Rd

Knightsbridge,

London SW1X 7XL

The Fabulous Baker Brothers at Harrods

Real bread is a great trend that is catching on in a big way now. TV programmes like The Fabulous Baker Brothers and the Great British Bakeoff have really fuelled the interest in real baking in this country.

Tom and Henry Herbert have done their bit in promoting this trend. When their show aired, the twittersphere erupted. Mostly with admiration of new found fans.

The Fabulous Baker Brothers at Harrods

Tom and Henry Herbert

Today, they launched their bread in Harrods Food Halls. I met the 2 boys briefly for a chat while they were busy signing their new book, The Fabulous Baker Brothers.

The Fabulous Baker Boys

They are introducing their artisanal bread exclusively to Harrods with 13 different flavours. All the bread is supplied from their family bakery in the Cotswold where they bake up to 50,000 loaves a week. Deliveries to London will be made weekly.

I was curious as to how they can supply fresh bread to London as real bread doesn’t keep as long as the plastic bread. All the bread will be fully baked and then blast frozen before delivery and this is then baked in store for 5 mins to warm them up.

Henry Herbert The Fabulous Baker Brothers

Of the flavours on offer, my favourite was the Fig and walnut loaf. There is also a 100% spelt sourdough loaf and their uncle’s black and green olive loaf baked in a pot, which uses an Italian dough base.

They are about to start a baking and butchery school and you can get more details here http://hobbshousebakery.co.uk/

Hobbs House Bakery
Hatters Lane, Chipping Sodbury,
Bristol BS37 6AA

01454 321 629

Hobbs House Bakery At Harrods

 

Total Indulgence – William Curley with Laurent-Perrier

Who knew? Hidden in the depth of the basement in Harrods is an epicurean treasure trove. You have to walk through the super expensive mortgage your house “watch gallery” to get there. This is where the wine cellar and specialty Italian deli is housed.

To celebrate Chocolate week, Laurent-Perrier seeked out William Curley, the award winning chocolatier,  to create some exclusive Champagne Truffles. Out of this collaboration came the hand crafted Laurent-Perrier Vintage Bellini couture chocolate (made with a peach pate de fruits and Laurent Perrier’s Vintage 2002) and the Laurent-Perrier Champagne Truffle (made with Amadei’s 70% Toscano and Laurent Perrier’s Brut Champagne).

William Curley Laurent-Perrier Champagne Truffles

William Curley Laurent-Perrier Champagne Truffles

At this launch, William did a little Chocolate Truffle Class. A plate of chocolate kisses were brought out together with a bowl of melted chocolate and some cocoa for rolling. Guests were invited to have a go at rolling. I’m always up for getting my hands dirty and while doing so discovered the cutest little implement used to fish out the chocolate from the bowl of melted chocolate, a little spiral chocolate wand which perfectly cradles the soft chocolate and allows the excess melting chocolate to drip away.

Making Chocolate Truffles with William Curley

Cocooned down in the tasting room, the Laurent-Perrier Champagne was flowing and we were so spoiled with a selection of delicious pastries that William had made. My favourite was the raspberry macarons with pistachio. They looked and tasted wonderful.

William Curley Laurent-Perrier Champagne Truffles

Champagne and chocolate are very difficult flavours to pair together. Most Champagne truffles on the market are not made with real Champagne due to the cost and also the difficulty of using Champagne. Here, William Curley has excelled.

The elegant Bellini Truffle had a layer of peach jelly topped with the Champagne flavoured chocolate and then coated. The peach jelly added a nice sweetness to balance the dark chocolate.

The Vintage Champagne truffle (pictured bottom left above) is a soft ganache centre coated with a harder shell and then rolled in cocoa, like the ones we were attempting to make above. You bite through the crunch to the softer centre and it just melts, allowing you to savour the layers of flavours. Noticably, there isn’t a harsh taste of alcohol and the subtle Champagne flavour does comes through.

William Curley and Laurent-Perrier has created a special selection for Christmas and it’s exclusive to Harrods. Go indulge someone for Christmas!