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#1 pinkbutterfly

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Posted 01 November 2008 - 04:31 PM

Last year I made strawberry jam and bottled in old baby food jars with christmas fabric tied on the top old fashioned style and gave for Little Christmas Pressies (didnt even think to take a picture...). This year, no supply of baby food jars, so I was thinking of making something else.

I was thinking Rum balls, White Christmas (even though I hate it) and or any other slices etc.

Any ideas and recipes? Feel Free to share pic of how you have seen then done up for gifting too.


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Posted 01 November 2008 - 04:52 PM

OOOh OOh Can I come too???

I just found this super easy recipe for rumballs. I am so gonna try it!

Chocolate Rum Balls

Ingredients
1 packet of Arrowroot Biscuits
400g tin of sweetened condensed milk
2 tablespoons of cocoa
1 cup of coconut (desiccated)
3 drops of Rum essence or one teaspoon of sweet sherry

Method:

Crush arrowroot biscuits by either rolling pin or food processor
Add ½ cup of coconut and cocoa
Stir mix well
Add condensed milk and essence
Stir and mix well
Using your hand pick up approx. one teaspoon and roll into a ball
Place ball and roll in the remainder of coconut
Place of a tray and set in the fridge

Keep refrigerated for up to 1-2 weeks



PS I saw some Christmas Themed teeny tiny patty cake papers in one of the junk shops, so I was thinking I could place my rum balls in those...
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Posted 01 November 2008 - 05:41 PM

I was thinking of doing some strawberry and vanilla or raspberry and champagne jam, but I think I'm going to make some white chocolate macaroons from the Donna Hay magazine. I can scan the recipe if anyone wants it...

Here is a recipe for French Almond Macaroons from Taste - I like that recipe as it makes 50!

I'm going to parcel mine up like this, with Christmas paper and sentiments of course:

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Posted 01 November 2008 - 05:45 PM

Kir what a lovely idea.

Is the clear wrapping celophane or something else?

Hmmm I'm quite tempted to do something similar myself. Although considering I'm not a baker I should start practising now.

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Posted 01 November 2008 - 05:48 PM

Thanks Kate - I'm going to practice mine first too!

I'm planning on using cellophane.

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Posted 01 November 2008 - 07:47 PM

Kir - they are just gorgeous!!! You might even inspire lazy me to do some baking.

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Posted 01 November 2008 - 07:51 PM

Check out the latest better homes and gardens mag there are heaps of ideas smile.gif

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Posted 02 November 2008 - 09:33 AM

Last year the kids and i spent a day making shortbreads and rocky road and rumballs as presents for Kinder and School teachers.

I packaged them individually and then boxed them with a coffee mug. Worked out that i spent about $8 each person which was pretty reasonable i thought.

Not sure what we'll do this year.....will keep watching this thread for insipration!
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Posted 02 November 2008 - 10:51 AM

I'm feeling rather inspired by this thread. I have the idea of giving SIL and IL's a pretty box filled with yummy homemade goodies. I'll also add a bag of hudson's coffee beans and coffee syrup. With a baby on the way I hope they will understand the homemade gift hamper.

Here are my picks:

Crunchy Cinnamon Spiced Nuts

INGREDIENTS
2 cups (300g) unsalted macadamias
2 cups (200g) pecans
2 cups (300g) unsalted cashews
2 egg whites, beaten lightly
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 cup (220g) caster sugar

METHOD
1. Preheat the oven to very slow (120°C).
2. Lightly beat the egg white in a large bowl with a fork. Add the nuts and stir to coat in egg white.
3. Combine the spices and sugar in large bowl; add the nuts in batches and toss well to coat the nuts in the sugar mixture.
4.Place the nuts in a single layer on oven trays. Bake, uncovered, in a very slow oven for 2 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally. Rotate the position of the trays halfway through.
5. Turn the oven off and allow to cool in the oven.
6. Store in an airtight container.

Chocolate Truffles

Makes 20-25

Ingredients
200g good-quality dark chocolate, chopped
1/3 cup thickened cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup cocoa powder

Method
Combine chocolate and cream in a heatproof, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave, uncovered, on medium (50%) for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring every minute with a metal spoon, or until melted and smooth. Stir in vanilla. Cover. Refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours or until firm.
Line a tray with baking paper. Using 2 teaspoons of chocolate mixture at a time, roll into balls.
Sift cocoa into a shallow dish. Roll balls in cocoa to coat. Place on prepared tray. Refrigerate until firm.
Notes & tips
You can make these truffles up to a week ahead. Roll in coatings up to 1 day ahead.
Store truffles in an airtight container in the fridge.

Passionfruit Cordial

Preparation Time 10 - 40 minutes
Cooking Time 10 minutes
Makes 3 cups

Ingredients
225g (1 cup) white sugar
375ml (1 1/2 cups) water
250ml (1 cup) fresh lemon juice
250ml (1 cup) fresh passionfruit pulp

Method
Place the sugar, water and lemon juice in a saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until the sugar dissolves. Increase heat to medium and bring to the boil. Simmer for 5 minutes or until syrup thickens slightly. Stir in the passionfruit pulp. Set aside for 30 minutes to cool.
Strain the syrup through a fine sieve into a jug, pushing the pulp through with the back of a spoon. Discard seeds. Pour syrup into an airtight bottle and seal. Place in the fridge to chill.

Serving instructions for gift label: Divide ice cubes among serving glasses. Add passionfruit cordial to taste and top with sparkling water or sparkling wine to serve
Notes & tips
You can also save time by using canned passionfruit pulp instead of fresh.


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Posted 04 November 2008 - 11:38 AM

Courtesy of Martha Stewart

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Spice up a gift of coffee by creating a distinctive flavor. Mix one or two teaspoons of cinnamon or nutmeg into a pound of freshly ground coffee beans; or scrape the seeds from four vanilla beans with a paring knife, and add them to a pound of coffee.

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Pack two kinds of homemade flavored popcorn, like our Macadamia Butter-Crunch Popcorn and Chocolate-Almond Popcorn, in one popcorn tin.

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Spread cheer with batches of homemade cocktail mixers for Bloody Marys, cranberry cocktails, and apricot-ginger fizzes. Decant them into decorative bottles, available at home stores, and add a label with drink recipes and storage instructions. They'll keep for up to a week and must be refrigerated, so plan ahead.

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Posted 04 November 2008 - 12:43 PM

QUOTE
Check out the latest better homes and gardens mag there are heaps of ideas


The new Chrissy Family Circle is good too.

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Posted 05 November 2008 - 04:37 AM

What great ideas. Alli could think of was ginger bread houses and xmas shaped cookies lol.

The Martha Stewart stuff is awesome, might try and print things like this out and out them in a folder, alot of it could be used for all sorts of occasions.
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Posted 05 November 2008 - 06:59 AM

I'm pretty sure I have a recipe book at home that has a whole bunch of christmas food gift ideas.

I will have a look when I get home and post some of the recipes.

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Posted 05 November 2008 - 09:41 AM

I will be making peanut butter cookies this year. They are a hit with our friends and I'm always getting asked to make them so I thought they would be an easy gift solution to give people this year (and cheap biggrin.gif)

Here's the recipe if anyone wants it - it's top-secret LOL

Peanut Butter Biscuits
makes about 25

125g softened butter
4 tablespoons crunchy peanut butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 and 1/4 cup plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup chocolate chips

1. Pre-heat oven to 190 degrees C. Line trays with baking paper
2. Cream the butter and peanut butter. Beat in the sugar until creamy
3. Add the beaten egg slowly
4. Sift in remaining ingredients, add choc chips and mix well.
5. Roll into balls and flatten with a fork then bake for approx 10 mins

I'm going to stack them and wrap with cellophane, then tie with a ribbon and hand-made gift tag.

I'm still on the look-out for something nut-free for people with nut allergies though.

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Posted 05 November 2008 - 12:12 PM

I'm doing this for work friends and grandparents this year.

I've bought some cellophane bags from Spotlight with some 3D Christmas stickers to pop on the front and some Christmas ribbon to tie them together.

We are making:
- Rum Balls
- Apricot Balls
- Chocolate Truffles
- White Christmas
- Rocky Road

Katie those are some great ideas!




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