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Homemade gifts
Tue 30-Oct-12
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Terrier
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Just remembered I said I'd set up a new topic for us to post ideas and recipes for homemade presents. Bit late in the evening for me to be doing recipes, but I'll do them in the next few days. I have a really easy peppermint 'bark, recipe and a rather nice sounding caramel and calvados sauce that I though would make lovely presents.

Wed 31-Oct-12
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One of my other plans for a homemade gift was nuts in a spiced maple syrup , I think it's from a river cottage cookbook, must remember to get some nuts...did remember on Sunday, sainsburys had an offer on - buy 3 for price of 2, but they'd sold out!

Wed 31-Oct-12
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I think this will be a great thread. We all have so many ideas.

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Wed 31-Oct-12
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Agree, Aly - and well done, Jan, for starting this thread. Looking forward to something different for this time of year. smile   ok

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Wed 31-Oct-12
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Had a thought - does this include handmade as well as homemade?

(Probably the same thing, I suppose, but I was thinking about things other than food ! laugh )

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I don't see why not, Val - and yes I think it will be an excellent thread, well done to Jan for starting it.  Now all we need is to start submitting ideas rather than just saying well done whistlebig_laugh

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Wed 31-Oct-12
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Well done...tee hee

Wed 31-Oct-12
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Terrier said:

Well done...tee hee

 

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Ok, here's mine:-

Easy homemade cheese biscuits

Buy a pack of puff pastry, roll out roughly to an oblong about 10" long x 4" wide x 3/4" thick.  Either sprinkle smoked paprika, chilli powder or curry powder over, or spread with Marmite or pesto or tomato puree or peanut butter.  Put a couple of handfuls of grated cheese in the middle third.  Fold down the top third over the cheese, fold up the bottom third.  Press the sides together with your rolling pin, give the parcel a 1/4 turn.  Roll out again to a rough oblong, repeat the spice/spread/cheese topping, folding, turning etc - do this twice (so you've done it three times in all).  Leave to rest for 10 or 15 mins, then roll out to a big oblong, thinly.  Use a cutter to make biscuit shapes, or just cut it into fingers with a big knife.  Place them on a lined baking sheet, brush with egg and sprinkle with grated parmesan (or cheese of your choice).  Bake in a medium hot oven for about 15 mins or until nicely lightly browned.  Cool on a wire tray.

Store in an airtight tin or they freeze well.  One pack of pastry will make 50 or so biscuits.

You could of course flavour them with your own ideas - garlic puree, finely diced onion, seeds, diced bacon?  Whatever, they're scrumptious and very moreish!

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Wed 31-Oct-12
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Tub of glacé cherries in a jar, cover with dark rum and forget! When you remember them about the time you make the C cake, drain the rum and use to soak your cake fruit in. Drain the rum soaked cherries and coat in melted dark chocolate. I put them in clear bags and tie with a piece of ribbon. They are like liqueur cherries and very yummy. I just call them chocolate rum cherries.

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Like the sound of that one Aly.

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Sat 3-Nov-12
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On a similar thread, I buy jars of maraschino cherries ( if I can find them, I buy the ones still on stalks, but hard to get hold of nowadays) drain them on kitchen paper for a day or so, wrap in rolled out marzipan, leave to dry for a day or so, then dip in chocolate andmputminto petit four cases. Oddly, there never seems to be as many at the end as there was when I started

Sat 3-Nov-12
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Terrier said:

 chocolate andmputminto petit four cases.

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I'll try that again!

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Think Jan's fingers aren't quite coordinated with her brain....big_laugh (but then she was in bed at the time! whistle)

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It's probably her iPad predictive text thing.

I'll try that again!

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It's this bloody iPad, if you are not sat up straight its easy to hit a letter key rather than the space bar( in this case, the M key)my excuse anyway..

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