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Christmas: Edible Gift Making (Sweet) with Valentina Harris

Valentina Harris, much-loved tv chef and Italian cookery expert, who will be teaching how to create some delicious edible Christmas Gifts at Exeter Cookery School
Ricciarelli: These delicately flavoured Tuscan soft almond sweetmeats can be bought in all good Italian food shops and are traditionally eaten at Christmas time.
Baci di Dama are delicate little hazelnut biscuits from the Piemonte region. Their name derives from the fact that they are meant to look like two pursed lips, sealing the kiss with chocolate!
Panforte is an old fashioned sweetmeat that dates back to the Renaissance and reputedly was first created in Siena. It is widely available in all good Italian food shops to buy ready made.

Don’t miss the chance to make some fabulous edible Italian Christmas Gifts with chef Valentina Harris at Exeter Cookery School! Perfect as an early festive treat, this fun, hands-on course will give you all the inspiration you need to create an authentic taste of Italy for the Yuletide celebrations.

Using the best seasonal produce, you’ll make traditional treats that will delight friends and family, including Ricciarelli – soft almond pastries, Panpepato – spiced Umbrian Christmas cake, Baci di Dama – hazelnut and chocolate ladies’ kisses, and more.

On this sociable course, the participants will pair up and each pair will make each of the recipes – dividing the results in half between them to take home, beautifully wrapped and ready to give to loved ones at Christmas.

With her love of classic Italian food, techniques and artisan flavours, Valentina will equip you with the confidence and skills to make this year’s Christmas one like no other.

ONE DAY COURSE (9.30am - 4.30pm): See below for dates and online booking.

Cost: Only £155.00 per person

Techniques learnt:

  • Italian Christmas customs
  • Regional Italian Christmas specialities
  • Baking skills
  • Pastry

You will make some of the following dishes:

  • Il Panforte – Tuscan candied fruit and nut Christmas sweetmeat
  • Ricciarelli – Soft almond pastries
  • Panpepato – Spiced Umbrian Christmas Cake
  • Rocciata – Umbrian Christmas Strudel Cake
  • Baci di Dama – Hazelnut and chocolate ladies’ kisses
  • Cantuccini al Fico – Tuscan hard almond and fig dunking biscuits