I absolutely love a Christmas hamper, and usually make at least one up for members of the family. This year I bought a lovely crate from Waitrose for just £5 and filled it with goodies for my parents. My mum often gives hampers too so I guess we have hamper giving in our blood. She's much better at the ribbon curling than me though so mine are usually finished with a bow.
I think the lovely people at Ciao Gusto must've known about my love of hampers and sent me this amazing basket filled with Italian goodies.
If you're not familiar with Ciao Gusto, they are a unique family of iconic Italian food and drink brands, such as Lavazza, Cirio, Barilla and Filippo Berio, to name a few. There's a dedicated Ciao Gusto shop online at Ocado where you can find all the authentic Italian foods that you need.
I couldn't wait to tuck into the mini panettone, and made it into an indulgent dessert using cherry jam, mascarpone and a drizzle of Prosecco, inspired by one of the Ciao Gusto recipes.
SERVE WITH A GLASS OR TWO OF PROSECCO
1 small Bauli Panettone (100g)
75g Santa Rosa Italian Cherry Jam
1-2 tbsp Prosecco
10-20g dark chocolate, grated
- Slice the panettone into 5 equal slices
- fold the mascarpone, jam, prosecco and grated chocolate together (reserving a little for decoration)
- spread or pipe the mascarpone filling in between slices of panettone
- top with grated chocolate before serving with a large glass of Prosecco
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I was provided with a Ciao Gusto hamper in exchange for this post