I'm a firm believer in the power of a homemade gift. It says, "not only do I care enough about you to give you this gift but, I put in the effort and made it myself." More the the sum of its ingredients, a homemade gift is time and loving care and, for me, that's extra special. Even more special, is when someone makes a gift that suits your dietary requirements.
We might be stretching the past/present/future theme a little with this one, but this week we're making gluten free foodie gifts! Now is the perfect time to start whipping up your presents, so we've got a few to share with you.
Carly at Gluten Free B has made a delicious mulling syrup that's sure to please everyone. It's not Christmas until you've had a warm cup of something mulled, so this gift is a festive must!
Anyone who loves coffee will appreciate this white chocolate, orange and pistachio biscottini from Claire at The Gluten Free Notebooks. She has used delicate, but definitely Christmassy, flavours to make these rather luxury little biscotti.
I love to give cranberry sauce as a Christmas gift, after all it's something that most people use over the season! I've tried many variations over the years, but I always come back to this one.
Cranberry Sauce with Clementines
a net of clementines, about 650g
300g frozen cranberries
100g caster sugar
- Zest half of the clementines and juice them all.
- Put the clementine juice, zest, cranberries and sugar into a saucepan and bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring all the time.
- Leave the mixture to simmer until the sauce thickens, it'll take about 10 minutes. Taste (very carefully, it's hot!!) and add more sugar if needed.
- Transfer into sterilised jars whist the sauce is still hot. This will keep for a couple of months in the fridge.
Whatever gifts you give this year, we'd love to hear about them so do get in touch.
Next week, we're putting a modern twist on old favourites. If you don't like mince pies, fruit cake or turkey, now's your chance to put your own spin on them!