I love this time of year, mostly because of the good cheer but also because of the yummy indulgences that I try to ordinarily avoid (with not so much success) the rest of the year. Friends often pop around with homemade biscuits (Hallelujah!) and cards and we take homemade foody gifts to our friends and to share at parties and get-together’s. Here is a list of some really great recipes that I have collected from my favourite foody blogs for you to try, they will make wonderful gifty treats or maybe (like me) you will just make them for yourself and gorge yourself this Festive Season? (Gwyn)
1. Chocolate Mousse by Cafe Fernando. Why not take a box of mousse to a friends dinner party this season. You could put them in an eclectic mixture of vintage glasses for them to keep as a gift?
2. This is one of the best inspirational handmade blogs. Clementine Macaroons with Citrus Cream Filling, Ez of Creature Comforts Blog links to the original recipe and gives free printable labels for gifting!
3. I have tried quite a few of Janis’s ‘Baked’ recipes and everything has been delicious. These Mocha Shortbread look amazing, can’t wait to try them… Check out Janis’s lovely blog: Pinecone Camp.
4. Love giving homemade Biscotti along with a packet of delicious coffee. Found this recipe for Biscotti al Pistacchio by 101 Cookbooks which looks amazing.
5. Traditional Blinis are always a hit at Christmas parties and go great with anything sparkly and delicious. Buckwheat-Cheddar Blini with Smoked Salmon (by Sophie Griegson) are tried and tested, sometimes I like to add a wee dollop of cream cheese (instead of the sour cream) with parma ham (instead of the smoked salmon). From the Food and Wine website.
6. A jar of these Salted Port Candied Walnuts found on this cracking blog; Nectar and Light would make a wonderful gift to any man in your life that loves sweet and salty and a bit of booze…
7. Yey for minced pies! I have found it hard to find good mince pies in Canada (unless you spend a small fortune) so I am always on the look out for a good recipe, and here it is by the foxy Nigella Lawson!
8. Brandy Snaps were always a wintery tradition in our house, they are truly delicious and something to show off at dinner parties with a lovely glass of, yep, Brandy… This recipe by The Pioneer Woman has transformed what I always thought to be a tricky dessert into a real pleasure.
9. You can’t go wrong with a nut brittle as a home made gift and this Orange Pistachio Brittle by The kitchen Finesse is the most interesting one out there!
10. My favourite food blog What Katie Ate (thanks to Katie’s amazing cooking+photography skills) has lots of wonderful Christmas recipe ideas. I thought a jar of one of these would be a welcomed gift in any home Hot Smoked Salmon Paté; Peach, Apple, Chilli Chutney; Sour Rhubarb Paste for Cheese.
11. I have been making Jamie Oliver‘s recipes for many years and everything turns out perfectly. I will be trying out this recipe for a Chocolate and Chestnut Yule Log for sure.
12. I tried this recipe for Winter Cookies with white chocolate, almonds and cranberries via the fabulous Design Sponge by the two gals behind Lola’s Cookies. They were a real triumph. They are also easy to change up with different ingredients, I added macadamia nuts instead of almonds…
13. And last but by no means least Mulled Wine Sachet’s from the Martha Stewart website. What would Christmas be without Mulled Wine/Mulled Cider? These are super easy to make and such a pretty handmade gift to give. I would use a lovely jar that would add to the gift.
If you try some of these, let us know? We would love to hear how they turn out…
We will be back in the New year with new posts and a new schedule.
In the meantime take care.
Gwyn & Tamra xox