Christ­mas present

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

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Life - - APPETITES -

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


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