Thursday, November 17, 2011

A Handmade Christmas: Food Treats

We all love receiving baked good at Christmas right?! Well here are a few ideas you could try this year.

I have been seeing the Cookie Mix in a Jar on the internet for ages and this year I am finally giving it a whirl. My Mum doesn't get the appeal though... so I don't think I will be giving one to her.

I found this fab tutorial last week and it comes with a cute little printable label. Here are how mine turned out:

Again I reused some old jars. This mix fit perfectly into a Nescafe Jar.

I have been trying to think of something to give my 18yr old Cousin that would fit into my Handmade Christmas theme and came across the concept of Candy Can Vodka!

Source: via Amy on Pinterest

What rock have I been living under to have never heard of candy flavoured Vodka? That idea is genius!

Another gift you can't go wrong with is Chocolate Truffles.

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Who doesn't love Truffles? I haven't made any this week as well it is a bit to early for Christmas baking...  but here are a few of the recipes I used last year with great success:

  • 225g good-quality dark chocolate, broken into small pieces
  • 175ml double cream
  • Icing sugar, to dust
  • Cocoa powder, sifted, to roll
  1. Place chocolate in a large mixing bowl. Place cream in a saucepan and bring to the boil, then immediately pour over chocolate. Mix until chocolate has melted. Be warned do not attempt to taste the ganache, you may not have enough mixture to make your truffles after you have finished 'tasting'...

    Set aside at room temperature, covered, for 1-1 1/2 hours to cool completely and until set. Use a teaspoon to spoon out bite-sized pieces.
    Roll in cocoa to finish.
    For a flavoured truffles you can add peppermint, orange, rum- your options are endless.
And it wouldn't be Christmas without Shortbread.
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I love a good Shortbread and this recipe is a cracker, Traditional Shortbread Recipe. I have made it a few times and it always comes out perfect.

Simply wrap in some cellophane and ribbon and you are definitly onto a winner!

Do you give baked gifts at Christmas? Do you have a tried and true Christmas recipe you would love to share? Remember I will be hosting a Handmade Christmas linky that will go live on Saturday.


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