The cold weather has come around and that means one thing, okay two things; loads of warm jumpers to protect against the cold and then putting on your own winter layer underneath . Yes dessert season is upon us. Pies, brownies, cakes, cookies…we’re here for it all. And thanks to the pandemic, a growing number of dessert companies have taken their products online and started doing deliveries so you don’t even have to go out to get your pudding fix. Here are the best dessert deliveries for layering up this winter.
Petite FOLIE – This new patisserie brand is an offshoot from Golden Square restaurant FOLIE and has been designed by Head Pastry Chef Valérie Morton and Executive Head Chef Christophe Marleix. It’s all about the classic French sweet treats like vanilla mille-feuille, apple tarte tatin and hazelnut & almond Paris-Brest. Ooh la la!
Freezecakes x My Cookie Dough – It’s one of those times where you kick yourself and think, damn, why didn’t I think of that first? Frozen cheesecake in a tub. Whaaaaa. Freezecakes is the world’s first frozen cheesecake in a tub brought to you by cheesecake masters Pleesecakes. They’ve teamed up with MyCookieDough on a ‘Bake It Yourself’ cookie dough and Freezecake kit for a limited time only. If you didn’t manage to cop the collab, Freezecakes are still delivering their frozen goodies nationwide.
Bears Ice Cream – We all know it’s not a proper Christmas without the after-dinner dessert, but the hardest part is deciding what to go for. Make it easy for yourself this year and combine Christmas with dessert as Bears Ice Cream have developed a Christmas-flavoured range which include some vegan options too. Mince pie or Christmas tree ice-cream anyone?
Crosstown – You might know them from being one of the first players in the London artisanal doughnut game, but now Crosstown are branching out with a range of thick af cookies. There are two flavours to choose from; black cocoa (rich, dark double choc) and chocolate chip, made with a mix of top-qual milk and dark choc chips. Boxes of six or twelve are available online for nationwide next-day delivery. You can also cop individual cookies if you happen to be passing the store too.
Cake or Death – It’s hard to miss Cake or Death’s hot pink leopard print brownie packages coming through your letterbox – we think they do that on purpose, to make you want to rip open the box and devour all six when they arrive. The fudgy, indulgent brownies come in a variety of flavours and also happen to be vegan (and most varieties are gluten-free). Whether you’re after a classic sea salt flavour or fancy mixing things up (literally with a mixed box) with the Biscoff and peanut butter & strawberry jam options, there’s something for everyone.
Doughnut Time – When the sweet treat pangs strike, it must be Doughnut Time. Now offering nationwide delivery, Doughnut Time has four boxes to choose from: the DT Classics, DT Vegan, Bueno Mars and David Hassel-Biscoff, a vegan concoction of Lotus Biscoff cream, caramel and. chocolate glaze. There’s also the Love At First Bite – a fluffy dough ball rolled in cinnamon sugar and piped with Nutella. We doughnut think this one’s worth missing out on.
Primrose Bakery – They might be famous for their cupcakes but Primrose Bakery do so much more than that. Their pies and tarts, including the traditional apple pie (custard or ice cream – which side are you on?), pumpkin pie, cookies & cream pie and chocolate peanut butter pie, are pretty mega. However, if you’re a cupcake purist then don’t miss out on their HUGE range of flavours like cookie dough, red velvet, coffee & walnut and loads more. If you’re in need of an after-dinner pick me up there are even cake versions of your fave cocktails. We’re down for the Negroni cupcake.
Big Mum’s Samosas – If you thought a samosa couldn’t possibly be a tasty dessert then you haven’t tried Big Mum’s Samosas apple pie masterpiece. Perfectly spiced apple sandwiched between two triangle-shaped layers of the crispiest filo pastry around served with a custard dipping sauce. What’s not to love?
Longboys – If you like them long and filled with cream then Longboys is the one for you. Created by an ex-Hakkasan pastry chef these are not what you would call standard finger doughnuts. Each brioche doughnut is made with premium-ingredient homemade compotes, sauces and glazes, with flavours like raspberry rose lychee, triple chocolate brownie, and strawberry & white chocolate to try. There’s also a rotating line-up of changing monthly specials to keep things fresh.
The Proof – If you fancy trying to eat as many profiteroles as you can in one go, you won’t be shamed by us. We’ve all been there. It’s kind of hard not to as well, because The Proof ones are something else. The choux buns come filled with Chantilly cream, with chocolate sauce, salted caramel, honeycomb and strawberries all on the side ready for you to assemble into a glorious dessert tower. They also sell classic desserts like lemon meringue tart, sticky toffee pudding, flourless chocolate cake and vanilla bean cheesecake. And they’ve got an epic Christmas range including tiramisu, chocolate yule log and panettone bread & butter pudding. YUM.
The Exploding Bakery – These new ‘letterbox brownies’ from The Exploding Bakery come in a handy flat pack so even if the postman catches you while you’re out for your lockdown exercise, there will be fresh brownies waiting on the doormat for you when you get in. And there’s nothing better than a brownie after a run. There are 12 flavours to choose from as well as the option to add on candles, biodegradable balloons, gift cards, and even a bag of Round Hill single-estate coffee. They are all gluten free and six of the flavours are vegan too. Our favourite has to be the Blood Orange, although the one made with Pip & Nut peanut butter also sounds like a banger.