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What yummy home-made delights are you planning to make this year? As gifts or just to scoff?

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Greensleeves Thu 15-Nov-12 13:58:12

I am planning on making homemade yule logs for teachers, peppermint creams, marzipan fruits/penguins/robins, Christmas pudding shaped truffles with white icing and little icing holly toppers, Turkish delight, mini mincepies, Christmas tree cupcakes...

I am a nutter and I LOVE Christmas!!!

cuteable Sat 17-Nov-12 21:50:08

Stained Glass Biscuits (I have never made these, recipe from a book):

125g(4oz) butter
175g(6oz) plain flour
50g(2oz) caster sugar
half small orange, rind only
Few clear coloured boiled sweets

Pre-heat oven to 180oC/350oF/Gas Mark 4

Put butter, sugar and flour in bowl and run in the butter until it looks like fine breadcrumbs.
Grate orange rind and add to bowl.
Squeeze the mixture together with your hands to make a ball.
Roll out thinly.
Stamp out large window shapes using biscuit cutters.
Put on baking sheet lined with non stick paper.
Stamp out smaller shapes from the centre of each biscuit.
Bake in the oven for 8-10 mins until pale golden.
Meanwhile, unwrap the sweets and break with rolling pin. Add different coloured pieces to the hole in each biscuit. Bake in the oven for a further 2-3 mins until sweeks have just melted. Leave to cool, then peel off the peper.

cuteable Sat 17-Nov-12 21:53:58

InNeedOff Tablet is just like fudge but set hard.

recipe here

VisualiseAHorse Sat 17-Nov-12 23:09:29

I'm knitting lots of gifts this year. I love knitting!!!! YEAH!!!!

JennyPiccolo Sat 17-Nov-12 23:10:20

You can freeze shortbread. I made it for Xmas presents one year and my dad had each batch eaten before I could put another in the ovengrin

Binfullofgibletsonthe26th Sun 18-Nov-12 01:32:19

Thanks Jenny - I was afraid it might go a bit soggy.

I will freeze some and then perhaps "quality check" them in a week, or two. blush

GreatGooglyMoogly Sun 18-Nov-12 09:17:09

Does anyone know how to make those cooked sugary almonds/ nuts they have in little plastic cones at Christmas time in Germany?

GreatGooglyMoogly Sun 18-Nov-12 09:17:42

They're kind of caramelised smile

ICutMyFootOnOccamsRazor Sun 18-Nov-12 13:09:40

Oh dear why did I click on this thread? Why am I only thinking about this now when everyone else is so organized?


<runs about kitchen like headless chicken>

ReshapeWhileDamp Sun 18-Nov-12 13:33:59

This. In, possibly, a gingerbread box made like a gingerbread house IYSWIM. For DS1's teacher. It's his first term at school and I feel like over-achieving. grin

GreatGooglyMoogly Mon 19-Nov-12 07:19:29

I've found a couple of recipes to try:





bigbadbarry Mon 19-Nov-12 14:39:49

Reshape I made that bark last year and wow it was delicious! One of those recipes i have found myself thinking about from time to time all year. Definitely doing it again this year. Though finding red-and-white-striped peppermint sweets is a bloody nightmare so if you track some down please let me know.

InNeedOfBrandy Mon 19-Nov-12 14:47:43

Thank you cuteable I am so pinching that teacher idea off scottish mummy but shhhhsshh don't tell her grin


Somersaults Mon 19-Nov-12 18:56:18

Thank you! I've found some lovely ideas in this thread to try smile

FrostyTheShosheman Mon 19-Nov-12 19:08:11

Chocolate Fudge, rolled into balls and dusted with icing sugar/cocoa

75g full fat cream cheese
350g icing sugar
1 level tbls cocoa powder
75g plain chocolate drops
40g butter
100g white chocolate.
36 petit four cases.

Put the cream cheese into bowl, sift icing sugar and cocoa into the bowl. Mix well.
Melt butter and chocolate stir in a tablespoon of cream cheese mixture.
Then pour the chocolate into cream cheese mixture, beat together until they are creamy.
tip out and cut into 36 even pieces, roll into balls.
Melt white chocolate.
Dip balls into white chocolate, then place into petit four cases and put into fridge.

Eat within 10 days.

I make small boxes big enough to hold 4 (they are so rich that 4 are enough)

My kids give them to preschool teachers.

cuteable Tue 20-Nov-12 15:00:25

That peppermint bark looks delish! Im going to try making some for a nursery fair this weekend. Can you just use the peppermint candy canes?

notasausage Tue 20-Nov-12 15:49:14

Can I freeze homemade fudge and peppermint creams or will they still be ok by christmas if I make them now? Also anyone know the approx ratio of vodka to werthers for toffee vodka? Some great ideas on this thread!

bigbadbarry Tue 20-Nov-12 15:49:44

Yes if you can find some - that is what I used last year.

GreenyEyes Tue 20-Nov-12 21:12:46

Well this all sounds amazing.

I would just like to let you all know that my services are available for quality-control/ taste test purposes.

No fee.


Beamur Tue 20-Nov-12 21:17:29

I've made jam, chutney and pickled onions - might make some pickled garlic too as I have a load to use.
I made florentines last year as presents for teachers and they look lovely.
Not making christmas cake or pudding though as I'm the only one who likes it! DP does make a good light fruit cake though, so might get him to whip one up.

pettyprudence Wed 21-Nov-12 14:44:16

I am crocheting a lot of gifts this year (did a lot of corchet and stitched gifts last year too and they went down well) but quite keen to do some foody gifts. What can I make waaaaay in advance (well now)? I know chutney/jams/vodka will keep, but are there any cakey/biscuity things?

TheOneWithTheHair Wed 21-Nov-12 14:51:13

prettyprudence what sort of things do you make? I've just learned to crochet and I'm keen to experiment.

pettyprudence Wed 21-Nov-12 21:31:55

TheOneWithTheHair This year I have made a jacket for my friends toddler, some hotpot mats, hats, gloves and some doilies. I have previously made bags, kindle cover, laptop covers, rug, throw - anything that is back and forth crochet, with minimal instructions, no lacy bits and no granny squares.

I've just started a thread for non-edible home made christmas gifts (bit of a mouthful wink) here

cuteable Wed 21-Nov-12 23:03:48

Wow wow and wow for the peppermint bark! made it today and its amazing!

spookysal Wed 21-Nov-12 23:51:56

What recipe did you use cuteable? Did you find it difficult to get hold of the sweets? Was it easy to make?

TheOneWithTheHair Wed 21-Nov-12 23:54:36

Thanks pettyprudence I'll have a look. Sorry I got your name wrong before. I just noticed. blush

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