Recipes for your handmade Christmas gifts

It’s always a nice touch at Christmas when you receive something that’s handmade in your stocking or under the tree, especially when it’s edible! Here are a few ideas if you have some time to get in the kitchen and whip up something delicious to wrap up and gift this Christmas –

Vegan chocolate freezer fudge

Perfect to wrap up and gift to loved ones, a little bag of this fudge would be a lovely thing to open and enjoy on Christmas Day after lunch in front of the telly!

Mum’s chilli jam (makes ~5 jars)

The perfect accompaniment to your cheese board or leftover sandwiches, give these festive filled jars to your loved ones and see how long they can make it last!

Ingredients

8 red peppers, de-seeded and roughly chopped

10 red chillies

a finger-sized piece of fresh ginger, peeled and roughly chopped

8 garlic cloves, peeled

400 g can chopped tomatoes

750 g golden caster sugar (or white granulated)

250 ml white wine vinegar (or distilled malt vinegar)

Method
  1. Add the peppers, chillies, ginger and garlic to a food processor and whizz until finely chopped.
  2. Scrape into a heavy-bottomed pan with the tomatoes, sugar and vinegar and bring to a boil.
  3. Skim off any scum that floats to the surface, then turn down the heat and simmer for ~50 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Once the jam becomes sticky, continue to cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring frequently to stop it catching and burning (“it should look like thick, bubbling lava!” Mum says)
  5. Cool slightly before transferring to sterilised jars, then leave to cool completely.
  6. Label and decorate your jars before gifting! (always keeping a jar or two for the cook)

The jam will last for 3 months in a cool, dark cupboard, but refrigerate once opened.

 

Easy peasy avocado chocolate truffles (makes ~20)

Another little treat to wrap up and gift, you can get creative rolling these simple chocolate truffles in whatever you fancy – some chopped hazelnuts or cocoa, or go all out with edible glitter.

Ingredients

1 avocado

160 g dark chocolate chips

a pinch of sea salt

cocoa powder/ pearl sugar/ chopped nuts/ maca powder to roll and decorate your truffles in

Method
  1. Add the avocado and sea salt to a food processor and pulse a few times to combine.
  2. Melt the chocolate chips by either placing them in a small microwave-safe bowl and microwaving for 30 seconds, stirring and microwaving for another 20 seconds or until all the chocolate chips have melted, or use a double boiler.
  3. Pour the melted chocolate into the food processor with the avocado and pulse until mixture is completely combined and avocado is no longer visible.
  4. Place truffle mixture in the fridge to set for 30 minutes.
  5. Once the mixture has firmed up a bit, remove from fridge and make the truffles by rolling a tablespoon at a time into a 1-inch ball.
  6. Fill a shallow bowl with the cocoa powder/sugar and roll each truffle until coated. Place on a plate.

 

German Lebkuchen cookies

Another Christmas classic, get baking and go wild with cookie shapes and decorating styles to create these fun, delicious biscuits.

 

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