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Ideas for Christmas gift baskets

Posted by Janet or Emma 
Ideas for Christmas gift baskets
November 19, 2017 07:19PM
Once again I’m thinking about Christmas gift baskets and looking for some new ideas. I’m thinking lemon honey, a chutney/relish or two, maybe a couple of different biscuits......... what are others making? Janet
Re: Ideas for Christmas gift baskets
November 20, 2017 03:54PM
Mine tend to be very predicable and contain homemade muesli, shortbread, roasted mixed nuts, maybe bliss balls, homemade tomato sauce, chocolate bark and thats pretty much it.
I would be open to some new suggestions as well.
Re: Ideas for Christmas gift baskets
November 20, 2017 05:56PM
I make Helen's Panforte recipe and it's the best! I think it would make a wonderful make ahead Christmas gift as it keeps so well and is very delicious. It goes a long way because it is served in thin wedges (dusted with icing sugar). You could probably split the recipe into smaller sizes but I don't know how much it would change the cooking time as I haven't done this.
Re: Ideas for Christmas gift baskets
November 21, 2017 01:03AM
Homemade crackers are good. They're easy, flavourful, and really popular.
Re: Ideas for Christmas gift baskets
November 28, 2017 05:30AM
If anyone has a good Bark recipe, I would be keen to give that a try this year.

Other things I've tried in the past are Oat biscuits and a slab of nice cheese, Flavoured salts & herb rubs, marshmallows and crostoli (recipe below)

My Dad's Crostoli recipe
What you need
50 grams butter
¼ cup sugar
Pinch of salt
4 tablespoons milk
2 cups flour
1 egg
1 egg yolk extra
2 tablespoons rum or grappa
Grated rind of 1 lemon
Icing sugar
Oil for frying

How to make
Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Add the sugar, salt and milk and stir to combine.
Place the flour in a pile on a clean work bench. Make a well in the centre and break in the egg, extra egg yolk, the rum and lemon rind.
With clean fingers carefully roll the flour towards the centre to mix the egg. It should start to look like rough breadcrumbs. Gradually pour over the melted butter mixture and start kneading to form a dough. If the dough is too dry, add some more milk. Too wet, add a little more flour. Knead until the dough comes together to form a smooth ball.
Roll out the pastry to the thickness of a knife (1.5mm thick). Slice into strips about 3cm to 9cm.
Make a vertical incision down the middle of the strips. Take one end of the strip, place it inside the vertical cut, carefully pulling it through to form a kind of bow. To get the angel wing look, press out the pastry ends to accentuate the bow. Repeat for all strips.
In a large pot, heat enough oil for deep frying on a high heat. Fry in batches until the pastry bows turn golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon. Drain on kitchen towel.
Pile high on a serving dish and dust liberally with icing sugar.
Re: Ideas for Christmas gift baskets
November 29, 2017 08:48AM
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Re: Ideas for Christmas gift baskets
December 04, 2017 09:11PM
I had t though to tomato sauce, Helen. That’s a goodie. I’m currently experimenting with oat biscuits as I make cheese, Ingrid. Like the idea of crostini for some5ing really different too. I never find crackers that easy, DK. Do you have recipes/suggestions? I’m particularly keen to find some easy and nice recipes for crackers, as I’m sick of the packaging. We have crackers with some sort of topping every morning with our cuppa. Keep the ideas coming. Sometimes it’s a case of “why didn’t I think of that?” Janet
Re: Ideas for Christmas gift baskets
December 05, 2017 05:28AM
My ideal Xmas hamper

Fudge is always a treat especially if made well.
Biscotti - orange and almond flavour
Dutch cinnamon biscuits
A bottle of wine or olive oil - actually both!
Cheeses and crackers
A chilli chutney
Maple suryp
Coconut Rough
Homemade Melting moments

Re: Ideas for Christmas gift baskets
December 05, 2017 05:29AM
Ingrid - I cant get into the oat biscuits with cheese confused smiley
Re: Ideas for Christmas gift baskets
December 10, 2017 03:59AM
For what it's worth, Consumer NZ have just checked out Christmas hampers for value for money, and asked their testing panel which items they'd most like to receive in a Christmas hamper. Here they are, in order of popularity:

Chocolate (76%)
Crackers and wafers (74%)
Nuts (69%)
Cheese (65%)
Jams and relishes (61%)
Dips, pesto and pate (57%)
Fudge (54%)
Biscuits and biscotti (53%)
Olive oil (47%)
Coffee (46%)
Re: Ideas for Christmas gift baskets
December 12, 2017 01:29AM
Karena, I thought it was interesting about the cost of ingredients in the different baskets too. No wonder commercial ones are so disappointing. Although having said that, it’s not cheap to do a nice one. Lots of fun though.
Re: Ideas for Christmas gift baskets
December 22, 2017 08:32AM
Thanks a lot for the great ideas! That's what I was looking for. This year I'm going to organize one awesome Christmas party here near Auckland. NZ. All my friends and relatives will be there so I hope I'll impress them with delicious food and beautiful Christmas decorations.
Re: Ideas for Christmas gift baskets
December 24, 2017 03:17PM
This is a late one but a few days ago I made a huge batch of dukkah with roasted almonds, coriander seeds, ground cumin, caraway seeds and sesame seeds and salt. I toasted the spices and sesame seeds first. Gave bags of it as presents with a bottle of lemon-infused olive oil. I also included a list of suggestions for using it such as mixing it through dips and hummus or sprinkling on top of eggs.
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Re: Ideas for Christmas gift baskets
January 24, 2018 03:21AM
Making a Christmas hamper with some goodies is the best idea so that you can gift it your loved ones. I am thinking of filling it with ginger bread cookies,home made chocolates,plum cakes,yule logs,cookies and also a bottle of grape wine.These items can be wrapped as a hamper in a basket and tied with a red ribbon.You can also put some small Christmas items such as balls and jingle bells so that it looks more attractive.You can used this idea for the next Christmas in 2018.
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