So, this year for Christmas I decided to make all of my Christmas presents! I know, everyone said I was mad with having the baby, but I did most of the prep work before he was born and then just finished it all off the week before christmas.
Here's everything I made...
My Christmas Cakes I was most proud of - I'm not much of a baker, but I followed Mary Berry's recipe and had the fruit soaking for a few weeks, so it turned out lovely and moist. I made 2 large square ones then cut them into quarters to make 8 mini cakes. And i'm not that good at icing, but I got better the more cakes I iced, and then I wrapped them up using the lovely cellophane wrapping that some of my baby flowers had come in (obviously well washed first plus I wrapped each cake in cling film first!) They say a crafter never wastes anything!!
I also made apple and cranberry chutney - first time i've made chutney! I followed the recipe from the BBC Good Food website, and I bought all my jars in bulk from this online shop called Wares of Knutsford who I thought were very reasonable.
Then I did a lemon and ginger marmalade
Some Baileys Fudge (which I have to say has become somewhat of a specialty of mine) - its so easy, I follow the recipe from the Carnation website but then substitute the milk for Baileys.
And finally I made Disaronno truffles (which went down a storm!).
I kind of made up the recipe myself from when ive done truffles before - I heated some double cream in a pan, added grated 70% coco-solids chocolate and lots of Disaronno, stirred it into like a ganache, cooled it in a bowl, then left it in the fridge overnight. Then it goes hard, you scoop out circles with a melon baller, then I rounded these off in my hands and put them in the freezer, then later rolled them in melted milk chocolate.
You can totally see from looking at them that they are home made, but I think that just makes it all the nicer!
Anyway, they were greatly appreciated by all! When Leann came round to visit Oliver I gave her the selection I'd made for her and her hubby Simon:
And she posted on facebook later this picture saying Simon had been snaffling two pieces of cake at a time!
So i can safely say my Christmas presents went down a treat and I think its so much nicer taking the time to make people a gift than it is buying them. And because I do so much papercraft, it was lovely to try something different for a change!
Anyway, if anyone else had the same idea and made exciting Christmas presents then I'd love to know (to get ideas for next year!!)