Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Make a special Christmas Gift

 What a brilliant idea! That’s what the customers said when they saw the basket of homemade edible gifts I was demonstrating at Grandma Abson's  Christmas Bake off at Cook N Dine the baking emporium of the North.
 I started off with Grandma’s homemade mincemeat  and soon the scent of cinnamon, mixed spice and nutmeg were wafting through the store. Once potted up and decorated, the jars make very attractive gifts!
I moved onto to Cranberry & Apple Chutney. This tasty recipe is proving to be a real hit this year and it’s recipe of the Month at Tasty Flavours in Doncaster Market.
Next was Aunty Emma’s Christmas Plum Pudding and a chance to stir the mixture and make a wish for next year. I showed how Grandma’s recipe can be microwaved to cut out hours of steaming.
 Mouth-watering Shortbread biscuits, using Christmas shaped cutters – stars, angels, bells and Christmas trees were simply decorated and wrapped up in small gift bags proved a popular choice.
Spare Almond paste or marzipan, left over from decorating the Christmas Cake can be turned into exquisite Chocolate Marzipan balls in a the twinkling of an eye. Dip the balls in melted chocolate and top with a simple edible Christmas decoration to make a very attractive gift.
 Finally, old fashioned Peppermint creams – so easy to make with icing sugar, peppermint extract and lemon juice (I omit the white of egg as in Grandma’s recipe on page 79 of her book and just use lemon juice and a splash of water to bind them) .
It all goes to show that making a special homemade gift is easy. Wrapped together with Grandma Abson’s Traditional Baking book with lots more easy recipes, it’s a perfect Christmas gift combination!

Happy Christmas to everyone. 
Enjoy baking with Grandma Abson!

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