We’re really getting into the festive spirit at About Time. And rather than bombard you with massive lists, we’re going to be sprinkling festive feelings often with lots of regular, lovely column – such as our weekly favourites of festive cocktails, festive eats and festive bakes. For you sweet treat lovers, here are five festive bakes you need to try this week. Don’t say we don’t spoil you:

1. For a Festive Bread: Gail’s

Festive Bakes

What: Fig and Fennel Bloomer

Why: The sourdough loaves are big and beautiful, handmade with generous additions of plump whole figs and fennel seeds. Ideal for gifting or sharing, the breads are a welcome centrepiece for the Christmas table, perfect to enjoy with friends alongside cheese and pâtés. The bread is inspired by the flavours of a quintessential American Christmas, borne out of one of GAIL’s baking labs in Blackheath. Also, it’s seriously delicious.

Price: £6

Where: Locations here


2. For a Festive Chocolate Log: PAUL

What: Bûche Roulée Chocolat

Why: The pièce de résistance and a true Christmas staple for any festive foodie can be found with this sensational seasonal chocolate log – incredibly indulgent and totally traditional. Savour every mouthful of this perfectly-presented rich roulade stuffed with almond biscuit, smooth milk chocolate cream and rich dark chocolate mousse and topped with a sprinkling of chocolate shavings. Nom.

Price: £29.95

Where: Locations here

3. For a Festive Special: Halva Bakery


What: Mandarin Mont Blanc

Why: Located just a short walk away from the Kings Road, Fulham’s go-to bakery has a whole range of alternative festive offerings, all expertly hand made on the premises using traditional French ingredients. Try the new Mandarin Mont Blanc, a French classic consisting of a homemade choux filled with mandarin compote, fluffy meringue filling and mandarin cream, topped with a rich French Chestnut cream.

Price: £5

Where: 771 Fulham Road London SW6 5HA


4. For a Festive Snack: Pret 


What: Hansel the Gingerbread Snowman

Why: Over the festive period, Pret’s loveable gingerbread man Godfrey goes on his winter holidays and his friend Hansel the Gingerbread Snowman steps in. Make a meal out of it and order Pret’s Christmas Sandwich, along with their new hot chocolate flavour for this season – mint chocolate, to get you in the festive spirit.

Price: £1.25

Where: Locations here

4. For a Charity Cake: Primrose Bakery

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What: Tea and Digestive Cupcake

Why: This Saturday, bespoke bakers Primrose Bakery are selling a special cupcake in aid of Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Charity’s BIG Bake. They will donate £1 from the sale of every Tea and Digestive cupcake sold between 5 and 13 December to the charity in support of its annual baking fundraiser.The tea-riffic flavour features tea-and-biscuit flavour sponge, a tea buttercream and a digestive crumble topping. It’s not exactly festive, but giving is in the festive spirit, hey?

Price: £3.25

Where: Locations here