Christmas is the perfect time to get baking, for novices and baking veterans alike, and making your own gifts, combined with baking makes the perfect DIY present. This festive season, give your friends and family an edible gift packaged in the prettiest wrapping. Food gifts especially those that are homemade will appeal to the festive foodie in everyone. Try these easy edible homemade treats, straight from your heart to their tummy. Simple to make and a great way to get creative over Christmas.
White Chocolate & Coconut Snowballs
Ingredients: 300g good quality white chocolate, 50g butter, 1 madeira cake, 125g desiccated coconut
- Take 150g white chocolate, break into pieces and place in a glass bowl.
- Add the butter and place the bowl over a pan of simmering water. Stir until melted and remove from the heat.
- Cut the madeira cake in rough chunks, place in a food processor and blitz until it resembles breadcrumbs.
- Add the crumbs to the melted chocolate and mix well together and leave to call.
- Once cool, take small amounts of mixture and roll in the palm of your hands to form balls. Place on a lined baking tray and chill in the fridge for 1 hour.
- Once chilled melt the remaining chocolate (no butter).
- Whilst the chocolate is melting, take around 125g desiccated coconut and sprinkle on a plate.
- Take each ball, dip in the melted chocolate, removing any access, and roll in the desiccated coconut. Place back on the lined tray and chill for 1 hour.
- Once thoroughly cooled, place in your chosen jar or bags and decorate the jar as you like.
Ginger Thins With Lemon Icing
Ingredients: 100g plain flour, 1tsp ground ginger, ¼ ground cinnamon, ¼ mixed spice, ¼ baking powder, 40g light muscovado sugar, 65g unsalted butter (at room temperature, cut into cubes), 50g icing sugar, 2 tsp lemon juice
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees (180 degrees for fan assisted).
- Place the flour, spices baking powder and sugar in a mixing bowl. Add the butter, rubbing it into the flour with your fingertips. Gradually kneed into a soft dough.
- Roll out the mixture thinly between two sheets of non-stick baking paper. Peel of one sheet and cut out with a biscuit cutter of your choice.
- Place the thins on a lined baking tray and cook in the oven for 5-7 minutes until just golden, then cool on a wire rack.
- To make the icing, mix the icing sugar and lemon juice until smooth then spread over the biscuit thins and allow to set.
- Place in bags, tie with ribbon and add a gift tag.
Tip: Store in an airtight container and enjoy for up to a week.
Above recipes by Tesco.
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