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#1 3plusme

Posted 03 December 2012 - 12:02 PM

Calling all betty home-makers...


After making butter and jam in recent days, I thought I could make some christmas gifts this year for my aunts and grandmas.  But what?


I saw a few good things on Nigella Christmas special, but that's it.


So what's your go-to for home made Christmas gifts which are relatively easy to put together?


Thanks.

#2 niggles goes feral

Posted 03 December 2012 - 12:11 PM

Afghan biscuits in a jar are my go-to food gift but I've always wanted to try those 'cake in a jar' mixes where you layer the dry ingredients and pop the rest of the instructions on a little label so people can make them fresh. I've seen them on lots of blogs and magazines and they look like a cute idea.

Lemon butter is pretty popular around here.

#3 José

Posted 03 December 2012 - 01:32 PM

This year I'm making cinnamon cookies using a Donna hay recipe. Last year it was chocolate truffles with a women's weekly recipe.

#4 Flaxen

Posted 03 December 2012 - 01:43 PM

I made this not long ago, to test for christmas gifts, and it was wonderful!
Easiest fudge ever and tastes so so good. The glucose syrup is found in the baking section, near the food colourings and sprinkles.

Liqueur Fudge

Melted butter, to grease
1 x 395g can sweetened condensed milk
100g butter, cubed
255g (1 1/4 cups) brown sugar, firmly packed
2 tbs glucose syrup
150g good-quality dark/milk chocolate, finely chopped
60ml (1/4 cup) Baileys Original Irish Cream liqueur  (I used Kahlua, im sure you could use lots of other flavors too like butterscotch, frangelico, strawberry ect....)

Method

Step 1
Brush a 20cm (base measurement) square cake pan with melted butter to lightly grease. Line base and 2 opposite sides with non-stick baking paper, allowing it to overhang.

Step 2
Combine the condensed milk, butter, sugar and glucose syrup in a medium heavy-based saucepan. Stir over medium-low heat for 3 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Increase heat to medium-high and cook, stirring constantly, for 10-15 minutes or until mixture thickens, turns a caramel colour and leaves the side of pan. Remove from heat.

Step 3
Add the chocolate and liqueur, and stir until chocolate melts and mixture is smooth. Pour into the prepared pan and smooth the surface. Set aside for 1 hour to cool. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 1 hour or until firm.

Step 4
Remove fudge from pan, using the paper to help lift the fudge. Use a sharp knife to cut fudge into 24-30 equal portions.



#5 AmberNut

Posted 03 December 2012 - 01:59 PM

So far I have made some blackberry jam, dried apricot jam and some Christmas cakes. Next week I will make some tomato relish. The days before Christmas some chocolate fudge and some little chocolate biscuits.

I found a nice brownie-in-a-jar recipe here.....
http://www.magnoliarouge.com/2011/11/brownie-in-jar.html

#6 JackiOT

Posted 03 December 2012 - 02:07 PM

I have done fudge, truffles, caramels, shortbread and gingerbread biscuits.  They are great for neighbours etc and seem to be appreciated.

I was a bit interested in a hot chocolate mixture recipe I saw on pinterest  http://penniesonaplatter.com/2011/12/22/sa...-chocolate-mix/
and also caramel popcorn was another thought (but I did think I might end up eating it wink.gif ) http://www.twirlandtaste.com/2012/11/caram...oh-so-good.html

I would love someone to make me some interesting jam or lemon butter!


#7 3plusme

Posted 03 December 2012 - 06:22 PM

I am so impressed with what everyone is making!


Keep the suggestions coming!

#8 aussierach

Posted 03 December 2012 - 07:39 PM

i make for us rum balls, xmas balls for the kids, rocky road etc

this year I saw a recipe for lime macadamia fudge from 4 ingredients book thats I plan on trying original.gif

#9 butterflydreaming

Posted 03 December 2012 - 07:52 PM

So far I have made christmas cakes, strawberry/rhubarb jam, tomato sauce and mango chutney.

Still to make for this christmas are

Cherry Chutney
Peach jam
Shortbread
Rum balls
Chocolate truffles

All the food goods will be packaged up into gift hampers for the family, as well a foods I have made

Sugar scrub
Soap
Liquid soap
Lip gloss
Bath Salts

These will be packaged into little bathroom gift baskets for my females friends.

#10 WithSprinkles

Posted 14 December 2012 - 07:46 AM

butterflydreaming, do you mind sharing the recipe for cherry chutney? That sounds good!

Anyone got any suggestions for places to buy cheap jars?

#11 librablonde

Posted 14 December 2012 - 07:57 AM

I made Oreo truffle balls the other day and they were a mega hit. They're not too sweet and I dipped them in melted milk chocolate and then drizzled lines of white chocolate over the balls to finish them off. I think they taste much better the next day. So easy to make!
http://www.bestrecipes.com.au/recipe/oreo-...alls-L4933.html

#12 WithSprinkles

Posted 14 December 2012 - 08:08 AM

They sound delish librablonde. I've also heard of Tim Tam truffles...might have to give both a go!

#13 noi'mnot

Posted 14 December 2012 - 08:09 AM

I've been totally disorganised this year, and haven't even started on my Christmas gift cooking.

I'm planning on making:

Tomato Kasundi
Shortbread
Gingerbread men
Maybe some kind of confectionery like caramels? I'm not sure, suggestions welcome!
Maybe some biscotti


If anybody is in Melbourne, I can highly recommend Costante Imports for jars, and any other preserving and home cheese/wine/sausage/etc making needs! They're ace!


#14 Jenferal

Posted 14 December 2012 - 08:17 AM

I'm planning on making the nuts that are featured on the side of this site(Union Sq Nuts) and I bought a chocolate mould to make chocolate Christmas trees. I MIGHT try my hand at gingerbread caramels if I get time.
All mine need to be gluten free and I have a few dietary restrictions to keep in mind, which makes it difficult.


http://www.marthastewart.com/338994/gingerbread-caramels

Edited by Jenflea, 14 December 2012 - 08:17 AM.


#15 noi'mnot

Posted 14 December 2012 - 08:22 AM

Wow, those gingerbread caramels look amazing! What are you planning on using to wrap them individually, and where do you get it from?

The nuts are a good idea, too - simple and easy. I might make a few flavours and wrap them prettily as extra presents for the people that I forget about!  wink.gif


ETA: Oooh, Martha Stewart is good! Looking at the Pecan sea-salt drops and fruit jellies...

Edited by noi'mnot, 14 December 2012 - 08:28 AM.


#16 mumma_ox

Posted 14 December 2012 - 08:25 AM

No suggestions on where to buy cheap jars necessarily, but I often spray paint the lids of old jam jars and they look nice.  I think it complements a home-made gift that you are recycling and choosing a home-made packaging option too.

#17 Therese

Posted 14 December 2012 - 08:28 AM

Flaxen, that fudge sounds delicious!

#18 Jenferal

Posted 14 December 2012 - 08:49 AM

I was thinking cellophane to wrap the caramels, or waxed paper like an old fashioned taffy lolly.

#19 noi'mnot

Posted 14 December 2012 - 10:49 AM

So... please excuse me for asking an obvious question... just regular cellophane, like for wrapping presents (but clear)? Or is there special food cellophane?

#20 Bluenomi

Posted 14 December 2012 - 11:27 AM

I always make shortbread and even my less than perfect batches are devoured.

I just get cellophane bags from the newsagent, maybe add some mini chocolates and lots of ribbon and I'm done!

#21 WithSprinkles

Posted 14 December 2012 - 05:38 PM

Ooh thanks for the Martha Stewart link. Those caramels look good.. I wonder if they are easy to make look that good!

#22 Missmarymack

Posted 14 December 2012 - 06:16 PM

QUOTE (mumma_ox @ 14/12/2012, 09:25 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
No suggestions on where to buy cheap jars necessarily, but I often spray paint the lids of old jam jars and they look nice.  I think it complements a home-made gift that you are recycling and choosing a home-made packaging option too.


I personally like to spend the whole year eating Bonne Mamman jam and saving the jars. They have a cute red gingham lid too that looks pretty Christmassy




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