Make this Christmas personal by gifting those you love with something homemade. Our 11 fabulous edible Christmas gifts are easy to make and look incredible, meaning that even the most novice of cooks can make this year a homemade Christmas.
Everybody loves a Christmas cookie, and with so many festive cutters on supermarket shelves this year, making your own are a cinch. Our super simple recipe, coupled with easy-but-impressive decorating ideas means that in no time at all you and your kids can have a cookie assembly line going on. Buy cellophane bags and secure with a ribbon and there you have it.
A PUD, BUT NOT AS YOU KNOW IT
If you want to impress then this is how to do it. Our chocolate biscuit puddings not only look amazing, but are deceptively easy to make. Use ready rolled fondant for the top and pop into oversized cupcake cases before wrapping in cellophane for ultimate amazingness.
FOR THE CHOCOHOLIC IN YOUR LIFE
Create an ultra sophisticated hot chocolate mix and decant into a kilner jar for the chocoholic in your life. Make the blend personal to their taste by adding a pinch of chilli, cinnamon or vanilla to the blend.
SWEETS FOR YOUR SWEET
Florentines are not only amazingly sophisticated, but they can be personalised to suit the individual. Use whatever nuts your loved one prefers, dotting with candied ginger or fruit peel. Depending on their taste, coat with milk or super dark chocolate. Finally, stack in festive boxes, ready for eating.
Possibly the most elegant edible gift one can create, Lynda Booth’s festive biscotti is made all the better by the addition of cranberries. Be sure to make extra for yourself, this is not just for sharing.
We love an easy gift idea, and to be frank, it doesn’t get easier than these candied clementines from Rozanne Stevens. Use whatever fruit you like, but as clementines shout Christmas, they are a safe bet for gifting at this time of year.
THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING
The best thing about gifting a sourdough starter kit is that you will continue to enjoy endless loaves of fresh sourdough. Learn how to make sourdough from scratch with Patrick Ryan on our YouTube channel.
LITTLE BITES OF YUMMINESS
Everybody loves rocky road, however why not mix things up a little and try our our delicious white chocolate snow road bars. and once you have the basic recipe, it’s easy to adapt for seasonality and occasion. Include dried cranberries or rum-soaked raisins in your Christmas rocky road, and watch your loved ones fizz up with satisfaction.
Who doesn’t love fudge. They are easy peasy to make and taste totally delicious. Dress up with a sprinkle of candied peel or even edible glitter, and you are onto a winner.
Maryanne Dalton – Star of the “Great Irish Bake Off” and queen of the kitchen shares her delicious recipes for Cranberry Sauce, Red Onion Marmalade and Apple & Tomato Chutney. So, whether you’re entertaining with an exciting and exotic cheese board or just trying to make the fridge full of cold cuts a little more exciting, proper homemade preserves will elevate things to a heavenly level.
Mandy Mortimer’s Bailey’s Snowball Truffles. These are perfect as gifts because they don’t end up collecting dust on a shelf or forgotten in the back of a cupboard. They’ll be eaten and enjoyed over the festive season!
Truffles will keep for 3-4 weeks in an airtight container kept in the fridge. It’s best not to eat them while they’re still chilled, so leave to come to room temperature before enjoying.