11 December 2009

Edible Christmas Gifts - Part 1

It's time to think about those edible gifts that we love to give and receive at Christmas. Some of us will have started with Christmas cakes and chutneys that need a few months for the flavours to develop fully, however there are still plenty of goodies that we have all the time in the world to make. Well two weeks anyway.

I hope you enjoy this roundup.

















I am starting with a chocolate treat that went down a treat with all those that tried them and everyone who saw them. Chocolate Tiffin. A great no-bake recipe.

















Next we move on to a traditional Scottish sweetie and a true delight at that. Tablet, made by Wendy over at A Wee Bit of Cooking. It is a bit like fudge, but it melts in the mouth. I urge you all to try it!

















Look at the lovely colour of these Beetroot & Chocolate Muffins. Gorgeous huh? I can tell you right away how moist and luscious these must be after falling in love with the Chocolate & Beetroot Brownie Cake I have adopted as my own.

















I was really impressed with these Pear & Ginger Muffins when I tried them. They would be great as a gift, but would also make a lovely start to Christmas morning. Nice and simple, with the wonderful flavour of pear & ginger and the smell, oh my the smell. Just gorgeous! Thanks Nigella :)






















Made and decorated with love! Triple Chocolate Christmas Pudding Cookies, made by chef and artist (it has to be said, after seeing these) Nic over at Cherrapeno who shares with us a rather simple recipe and techniques for perfecting these amazing cookies.

















Creamy and tart with a hint of spice. I fell in love with this Lemon Curd with Nutmeg when I tasted it, no scrub that, I fell in love with the smell and the beautiful colour first. Can you imagine how well received a little jar of this would be?














Sarah over at The Ordinary Vegetarian came up with these little treats masquerading as snow balls. No-Bake Oatmeal Cookie Balls. I am sure you will head straight over there when I tell you they have peanut butter in them, Yum!






















We are finishing on a savoury note with Marinated Feta Cheese courtesy of Soma over at eCurry. I don't know about you, but that has me drooling. I'd love to be given a jar of this at Christmas.

I hope you enjoyed and took inspiration from this first roundup of edible Christmas gifts. If you have been particularly impressed by any edible gifts you have seen on other blogs, please let me know so I can include them in further roundups.

24 comments:

  1. This is a lovely idea and a lovely selection of goodies. Thanks Jac!

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  2. Excellent roundup, I'll take one of each please.. or two.

    Thanks for including me!

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  3. That's ok Soma, thanks for the contribution :)

    It's a pleasure Sarah, your cookie balls sound so good!

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  4. Although the sweets are beyond tempting it is the marinated feta that has my heart palpitating.

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  5. Me too Val, although I have to say I am tempted by all of the treats.

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  6. I am drooling. The thing is, I'd make these things with the best intentions of giving them away but there might not be too much left after my stringent quality control sampling.
    Louise
    PS can anyone recommend a good stockist of food wrapping supplies (suitable for presents) other than Lakeland? Nothing against Lakeland but perhaps there are some others out there, or you have homemade ideas.

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  7. just the sorts of things I'd love to find under the tree - have started to make a few edible presents this year - biscuits made with cute biscuit cutters are my favourites - but am still working on presentation

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  8. Quality control is important Louise! On the food wrapping front, I am afraid I tend to head for lakeland.

    Hi Johanna, I always think the presentation is the hard part.

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  9. great round up as always Jac (and chuffed to see my muffins in there :o). I made Cherrapeno's chocolate christmas pudding truffles and there's quite an art to getting to look as good as Nic manages to. Mine were more like miny mines but they tasted absolutely amazing. I think everyone will be getting home made truffles for all birthdays to come from now on!

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  10. hi jacqueline
    to be offered this feta woiuld delight me I will tell my family cheers from "cold"Paris ! pierre

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  11. what a great post! lots of excellent inspiration!

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  12. Such a great idea, edible Christmas gifts. Now the question is, which ones to make.

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  13. Hi Nic, Truffles for a birthday sounds like a great idea! Add me to your list :)

    Hi Pierre, that feta does look tasty, doesn't it?

    Thanks Steph, there are so many great ideas out there :)

    You could always play eeny, meeny, miney, moh to decide TB :)

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  14. The christmas pudding biscuits are amazing!

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  15. Lovely post, there are so many things I want to try from here :-)

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  16. What a super roundup! Love the holly decorations on the cookie!

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  17. Hi CC, they are gorgeous, Nic is very talented :)

    I'm pleased to hear that Usha :)

    Thanks Barbara :)

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  18. I was thinking about doing edible gifts this year, too.

    Unfortunately, not enough time - or perhaps energy!

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  19. I know what you mean Scott, it does get a bit hectic, doesn't it?

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  20. Yummy! Those all look delicious! So festive!

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  21. Thank you for such a nice list of Christmas goodies to try. I definitely want to try the beet muffins.

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  22. What a deliciously inspiring post :) Have a great (and tasty) Christmas!

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I love reading comments, so thank you for taking the time to leave one. Unfortunately, I'm bombarded with spam, so I've turned on comment moderation. I'll publish your comments as soon as I can and respond to them. Don't panic, they will disappear when you hit publish. Jac x

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