Last Minute Edible Gifts
Uh oh! Guys, Christmas is in 5 Days! FIVE. DAYS. Have you finished all your Christmas shopping yet? Are you like me, who thought she’d done all her shopping and then realised she’d forgotten someone. Noooooo! What’s a girl to do? Rather than braving the stores for something less than personal, let’s make something! These little gifts only take a few minutes to make and you can tailor them for who you are giving them too. Share your favourite cookie recipe with your friend at work, or make a pretty bottle of vanilla extract for your foodie friend. They will love it!
Homemade Vanilla Extract
Vanilla extract is surprisingly easy to make; you just need 3 - 5 vanilla beans and at least 30ml of plain vodka. The extract will last for ages as long as it is sealed and stored in a warm dark place.
When you are happy with the flavour, you may want to remove the spent vanilla beans. Allow the beans to dry out and add them to a jar of white sugar to create vanilla sugar to use for baking.
Alternatively, you can simply top up the vodka as it starts to run low and add in new beans over time. Just remember to let them infuse before using.
Recipe in a Jar
Share your favourite recipes with cookies or even a cake in a jar! I like to use a recipe with a lot of texture and colour to maximum effect in layering ingredients - Like this delicious Oatmeal Cranberry Pistachio Cookies recipe.