Homemade Christmas gifts add a lovely personal touch to Christmas, and the kids are usually so proud of what they make! If you are looking for Christmas gifts to make with the kids, try these 4 recipes for Christmas Food Gifts.
#1. Lemon Bars
- 225g/8 oz butter
- 300g/10 oz flour
- 110g/4 oz icing sugar
- 4 beaten eggs
- 225g/8 oz sugar
- 4 tablespoons flour
- 4 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon peel
- Sieved icing sugar
- Heat oven to and bake at 162°C / 325°F / Gas mark 3.
- Blend butter, flour and icing sugar. The mixture will start to resemble breadcrumbs. Squeeze together into a soft dough with fingers then pat into ungreased 13x9x2-inch pan and bake for 18 to 20 minutes.
- Allow to cool.
- For the filling, blend together eggs, sugar, 4 tablespoons flour, lemon juice, and lemon peel.
- Pour over first layer.
- Return to oven and bake at 162°C / 325°F / Gas mark 3 for 20 minutes.
- Loosen around edges, cut into bars and sift icing sugar over the top while warm.
This one is really easy to do with children of all ages
- 230g of semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate (high quality, 62% cocao content or higher), well chopped into small pieces
- 120mls heavy whipping cream
- 1 teaspoon / 5ml of vanilla extract
- Other flavours that can be used Almond essence / Orange essence / Rum Essence / Mint Essence.
- Cocoa powder or (Drinking Chocolate Powder if sweeter coating required )
- Finely chopped walnuts
- Finely chopped almonds or ground almond
- In a small, heavy saucepan bring the heavy whipping cream to a simmer (this may take a while, be sure to stir and scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula every few minutes).
- Place the chocolate in a separate bowl. Pour the cream over the chocolate, add the vanilla, and allow to stand for a few minutes then stir until smooth. (This chocolate base is called ganache)
- Allow to cool, then place in the refrigerator for two hours. Remove and with a teaspoon roll out balls of the ganache. Roll in your hands quickly (as it will melt from the heat of your hands) and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place in the refrigerator overnight
- Roll in cocoa powder or chopped nuts and serve, or place back in the refrigerator until needed.
- Makes 30-40 chocolate truffles.
- Serve in sweet paper.
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- 125g/4oz butter
- 55g/2oz caster sugar
- 180g/6oz plain flour
- Heat the oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas mark 5
- Beat the sugar and butter together until pale
- Stir in the flour to get a smooth dough. Turn out onto a work surface and roll out.
- Cut into rectangles and prick with a fork, or roll into little balls and press thumb onto each ball to flatten to make shortbread rounds.Can also use festive-shaped cookie cutters.
- Sprinkle with a little caster sugar.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden. Cool on a wire rack.
#4. Flavoured Oils
This is a very popular present for foody friends and relatives, and so easy to make. Try and find interesting shaped bottles.
- Olive oil
- Rosemary, tarragon, chillies, tarragon, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, Italian herbs
- Empty bottles
- Take labels off tall empty bottles, and run through dishwasher to ensure clean
- Insert flavouring into the bottle, e.g. long sprigs of rosemary or tarragon, or chillies (go for a mix of green and red ones), or garlic, sun-dried tomatoes and Italian herbs.
- Use a funnel to fill with olive oil and seal bottle with a cork. Don’t leave much air between the oil and the cork.
- Make decorative labels
Finish you presents off with some Homemade Christmas Tags – we have instructions for making your own.
Also, this is a good website for labels, printables – most of them free to download.
Have you made any of these, or do you have ideas for any Christmas Food Gifts? Let us know in the comments.