Christmas time is all about giving, and Rachel Allen, has some truly scrumptious gift ideas for you to make for friends and family. Photography by Tony Gavin
Wthe cake, so to speak. Christmas is a great time to practise your culinary magic for edible gifts, as there seem to be so many people to visit and meet that a delicious token to bestow upon them is just the ticket for the festive season.
Handmade chocolates, fudge and cookies will always go down a treat, and this vanilla fudge recipe makes absolutely loads of the little squares of sweet gorgeousness, which will be well worth all the effort.
Fudge keeps really well so is perfect for packing into little gift boxes or bags, as does the deliciously sweet and nutty Turkish Baklava.
Chocolate brownies are always a winner and with a swirl of dulce de leche (or boiled condensed milk) rippling through them you’ ll have friends for life.
Of course it doesn’t have to be just sweet gifts that you make for your lucky friends. Savoury goodies will always be well received, and of course preserves can be made well in advance.
A spiced Cranberry sauce like this one pictured here will be one of the most useful gifts of all for serving with the Christmas roast.
This delicious and really quite addictive caulikraut is a very simple fermented vegetable recipe that comes courtesy of my sister-in-law Penny, from my new book
It’s delicious and can add beneficial bacteria to your diet. Talk about a gift that keeps on giving . . .
from my Mother.
ho doesn’t adore receiving something delicious as a gift? And being given a present that’s been handmade with love and care is just the icing on