Italian Edible Christmas Gifts

Italian Edible Christmas Gifts

There is nothing more touching than giving or receiving a homemade Christmas gift that has been made with love, thought and care.  Our recent cookery course “Italian Edible Christmas Gifts” with chef Ursula Ferrigno was a resounding success.  Feedback from the day included “Fabulous, fun, informative.  Great food.  Lovely atmosphere.”, “A brilliant day, really enjoyed it, made so many wonderful things”, “Fabulous chef”, and “Great fun!”

Delegates made a tempting selection of Italian delicacies including Salamoia Bolognese (meat, fish, seafood and vegetable seasoning), Biscotti alle Mandorle (twice baked almond cookies), Limoncello (traditional lemon liqueur), Fichi Secchi con Mandorle e Ciocoolato (almond stuffed figs in chocolate), and Panforte di Siena (a rich, flat cake which is a speciality from Siena). 

How amazing to be able to fill a hamper with gifts full of personality and love that you have handmade.  Having the skills and knowledge to make such a variety of interesting and tasty gifts means our delegates from the day will certainly be very popular this Christmas day!

If you would like to have a go at making something delicious to give to your loved ones this Christmas try this recipe for almond stuffed figs in chocolate.  Easy and inexpensive to make, delicious, and perfect for presenting in a Christmas tin, or a jar wrapped with some festive ribbon to make it look even more special.


Fichi Secchi com Mandorle e Cioccolato

Makes 12

12 whole blanched almonds

Pared zest of 3 oranges

12 dried figs, preferably Italian

225g (8oz) dark chocolate with 70% cocoa solid


  • Spread the almonds on a sheet of foil under the grill, and toast until golden, turning them frequently.

  • Finely chop the orange zest.

  • Slit the figs and place an almond inside each.  Roll the figs in the orange zest.

  • Break the chocolate into a heatproof bowl standing over a saucepan of simmering water and heat until melted.

  • Using a fork, dip the figs in the chocolate, then place on baking parchment and leave to dry.

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