This Christmas, show you care by making a truly unique homemade gift for a friend or family member. Our fun and easy recipes make it easy to whip up festive treats in a flash - and we've even included decorative wrapping ideas!April 27, 2022 4:49 pm November 20, 2020 9:44 am
Strawberry and Aronia Fruit Roll-Ups
With a shape similar to brandy snaps or classic French tuiles, our fruit roll-ups make an elegant gift for a snacking connoisseur.
If you have trouble getting hold of fresh strawberries this time of year, simply sub in frozen berries. Defrost them in the fridge overnight before you start the recipe.
These are best eaten fresh, so prep them just before you intend to give them. Alternatively, you can make them up to two weeks ahead and pop them in the freezer. Simply defrost before you gift.
How to wrap our fruit roll-ups
Our roll-ups look effortlessly elegant rolled into a square of greaseproof paper and tied with thin red ribbon or string. Alternatively, to give your edible homemade gifts the star treatment, tuck them into a small cigar box lined with greaseproof paper and finish with a festive bow.
Festive Dark Chocolate Bark
Chocolate bark is a classic Christmas gift – and so easy to make! In essence, all you need to do is select your favourite festive flavours and pepper them through indulgent dark chocolate.
What’s more, because you make our bark in a large slab which is then broken into shards, you can experiment with adding different toppings. Give them out to different people, or give everyone a selection of flavours.
For Christmas, we love adding dried cranberries, pistachios and candied orange peel to our chocolate bark.
How to wrap our Dark Chocolate Bark
Once you’ve broken your bark into shards, simply stack them into recyclable cellophane bags and tie with red ribbon. To avoid any melting, it’s best to store your bark shards cool, so don’t forget to tell the lucky recipient to store them in the fridge.
Gluten-free Amaranth Cookies
If you have children, or are likely to be entertaining some over the Christmas period, these biscuits are a lifesaver.
Simple and quick to make, they’re perfect for involving your little helpers. Assuming that any remain uneaten once completed, they make fantastic edible homemade gifts for friends and family.
As they’re made with amaranth flour, they’re also completely gluten-free. For additional Christmas spirit, our chef suggests adding cinnamon, cardamom and orange peel to the basic recipe.
Use Christmas cookie cutters to shape them into pine trees, reindeer, stars and snowflakes. Decorate with white icing, if you like.
Alternatively, throw caution to the wind and leave the kids to decorate with coloured icing and sprinkles.
The final cookies may not end up quite as elegant as yours, but they certainly will have provided a lovely afternoon activity for little hands.
How to wrap our Amaranth Cookies
Our amaranth cookies have a texture similar to a sugar cookie, so they hold their shape well and can easily be stacked. Recycle a biscuit tin and wrap with gift paper to help them stay fresh for longer. Out of all our edible homemade gifts, these cookies are the most hardy.
Alternatively, turn them into Christmas crackers by stacking a few cookies of the same shape. Roll the stack up in recyclable cellophane or a beeswax wrapper, leaving lots of free space on either side. Secure the cellophane with tape (you should now have a cylinder with two open ends).
Now, pick some festive twine or ribbon and tie it tightly around the open ends, as close as possible to the biscuits. Fluff out the remaining cellophane to create the shape of a Christmas cracker.