Christmas Picnic Loaf • Featuring Harrods Hampers

You know when you feel like you've been a very good girl this year? When a Harrods Hamper turns up on the doorstep. I might, yes might, have twirled at the postman.

It feels incredibly special and there's nothing quite like a hamper experience. A collection of beautiful products, all perfectly packaged and every layer feels just as luxurious as the next. It's just like a Mary Poppins bag of delicious food and drink with the prettiest bauble on top!

We are hosting Christmas this year and I will be using all of the goodies inside for our Christmas feast! You name it, it's in it, all wrapped in individual polystyrene slots, in divine, yet simple packaging. It makes you feel special, even if you are not a Christmas pudding fan.

This is just a hint of what's inside. 

These are, without doubt, the ultimate Christmas Hampers.  The ultimate gift for someone very special.

I have saved all sorts from this Knightsbridge Hamper for the big day itself but thought it would be lovely to test out a picnic loaf recipe for Boxing Day using some of the delicious chutneys and relishes.

I LOVE this idea. All your favourite leftovers encased in a crusty bread cave.

You can substitute any of the ingredients with what you have left in the fridge! I used:

  • Pesto
  • Chorizo
  • Avocado
  • Salami
  • Harrods Pear Jam
  • Sliced Turkey
  • Shredded Beetroot
  • Soft cheese
  • Harrods Boxing Day chutney
  • Sprout Surprise
  • Harrods Mustard
  • Sundried tomatoes
  • Pesto pasta with pine nuts

Slice the top off your round loaf and scoop out the inside. Set aside and freeze if you want to or use for breadcrumbs or dunk in soup like we did!

Layer your sandwich and when full replace the top and wrap in cling film. Leave in a fridge for approximately 6 hours to let the layers settle. Top with salad when serving if your layers have dropped! 

Slice and serve at room temperature.

I added a couple of layers of our sprout surprise. We make this all year round, a snack to nibble on when cooking which is meant for the dinner table!

Slice your sprouts and sprinkle on a baking tray. Drizzle olive oil, soy sauce, a good dusting of salt and brown sugar. Bake at 180 degrees/Gas Mark 4 for 15 minutes until crispy. Enjoy!

Christmas has definitely come early this year and I can't wait to stuff this beautiful wicker box with snuggly blankets after we eat and drink our way through it over the festive period!

It couldn't be a more heavenly gift to send or receive. I've made up lots of my own in the past, with cellophane and pretty baskets but there's something about the history and heritage of the Harrods Christmas Hampers that just adds a new level of sparkle. 

In collaboration with Harrods