Get the party started with Mrs Crunch's Christmas recipes and supermarket deals

There are already dozens of deals out there, from half-price biscuits to great offers on booze.

You can make your money go even further if you start shopping now.

Here are some of the best early-bird bargains, plus a handful of tasty Christmas recipes from to put you in a festive mood.

Spiced pears in mulled wine with oranges


  • 5 pears
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 oranges
  • 300ml red wine
  • 1 mulled spice bag
  • 3 tbsp dark brown sugar

METHOD: Peel the pears, ensuring the stalk is left on. Zest the oranges using a peeler.

Stand all of the pears up closely in a saucepan and add in all of the ingredients except for the oranges.

Bring the pan to the boil, cover with the lid and cook over a medium heat for 20 to 30 minutes until the pears are tender.

While the pears are boiling, cut off the tops and bottoms of the oranges and remove any peel.

Cut the oranges into slices and place them on a serving dish. Remove the pears from the syrup and stand them on the oranges.

Boil the syrup in the pan rapidly for a further five minutes until it has thickened.

Then pour the syrup over the top of the pears, serve and enjoy.


TUCK into M&S’s Belgian Collection biscuit tin for half price, down from £15 to £7.50.

Sweeten up your stockings with many Christmas selection boxes half price at Morrisons, down from £2 to £1, including Cadbury’s Dairy Milk, 139g, Mars and Friends, 144g.

All the family will love Sainsbury’s all butter shortbread assortment, 450g, down from £3.25 to £3.75.

Get two for £5 on selected Lindt products at Waitrose including Lindt chocolate Santa or reindeer, £3 each.

Buy a large carton of Celebrations for half price at Waitrose was £4, now £2.

Prepare for festive baking with M&S prosecco mincemeat down from £2.50 to £2. Get fruity with two for £10 on Tesco Finest Medjool date tray, £6.

For a cool idea, stick Tesco Finest Black Forest meringue wreath in your freezer, down from £5 to £4.

Whole baked camembert with rosemary & crusty bread


  • 1 whole camembert, in a wooden (not cardboard) box
  • 1 small handful fresh rosemary
  • 1 tsp crushed black pepper
  • Drizzle of olive oil
  • 1 crusty loaf, warmed

METHOD: Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Remove the cheese from its wooden box and peel away the paper.

Return to the box, score the top of the cheese and stud with rosemary.

Season with black pepper and drizzle with a little olive oil.

Place on to a baking tray and bake for ten minutes. Cut two slices of crusty bread into chunks for dipping into the cheese.

Remove the cheese from the oven and pop on to a board, arranging the bread around it. Tuck in and enjoy.


SAY cheese to Tesco Finest camembert and rosemary crisps, 150g, £1.

Buy one pack of Kettle Chips for £2 and get another free, with a two for £2 offer at Waitrose.

Go nuts at Waitrose, saving 99p on selected KP Peanuts, was £3.49, now £2.50.

Save 20 per cent on M&S winter spiced mixed nuts, down from £6 to £4.80.

Get two for £10 on Tesco Finest Belgian chocolate nut tray, 285g, £6.

Cheese & rosemary stuffed pastry stars


  • 375g ready-to-use puff pastry
  • 1 medium egg
  • 50g cheese, grated
  • 3 pinches rosemary

METHOD: Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.

Roll out the puff pastry and cut out star shapes using a cookie cutter.

Place them on to a baking tray and egg wash the top of each star. Sprinkle cheese and rosemary on top of each of the stars.

Cook in the oven for ten to 12 minutes until the pastry turns golden.


GET more bubbles for your buck with Menestrello Prosecco down from £7 to £6 at Morrisons.

Buy two bottles of selected wines for £10 at Morrisons including Hardys Crest Chardonnay Sauvignon Blanc, £6.75, and Rosemount Diamond Selection Shiraz, £6.25.

Put some bubbly aside for Christmas such as Aldi’s award-winning Veuve Monsigny Champagne Brut, £11.99.

For a dry, sparkling, celebratory wine Tesco Finest Franciacorta is currently on offer at £13, down from £15 until November 12.

Save £2 on Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Conegliano Prosecco, £8 until November.

White wine drinkers can stock up on Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Pinot Grigio, now £6, saving £1.

Save £3.50 on Peroni Nastro Azzurro, 18 x 330ml, was £23.50, now £20 at Waitrose.

For festive beer drinkers, get three for £21 on selected lagers and ales at Morrisons including Budweiser 10 x 440ml, £10.42, and John Smith’s Extra Smooth 10 x 440ml, £9.60.

Save £8 at Tesco on Bailey’s Original Irish Cream, 1 litre, now £12.

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