Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Baking Mad

 


Yes, this post is about Christmas. I know, I know, it's only October. But I am a huge believer in organisation and planning so they'll be a few christmas posts popping up on the blog in the next few months. Besides, it's my favourite holiday!

This post shows you some Christmas baking recipes. Last year I did a lot of baking for friends and family as little token gifts. For my Grandparents, I find Christmas gift hampers are hugely popular and last year me and my siblings clubbed together to buy one. But if you're looking to save money and add a personal touch, I think it's a good idea to make your own! My sister created some hampers for her boyfriends parents and they looked great. She bought boxes and filled them with goodies that were personal to the recipients and then bought some cellophane cheap from amazon and wrapped it all up with ribbon!

If I was making a personalised hamper, I'd fill it with handmade goodies like sewn gifts, paper crafts and of course, some yummy baked goods. I think biscuits would be popular, gingerbread recipes and a Christmas pudding recipe would be a good choice too. Below are some examples I've made to give you some ideas! They were so easy to make and they are simple and popular recipes that I've simply added a christmas touch to. The Rice Crispie Wreaths can easily be done with children (and make you feel nostalgic) and the Angel Cakes are probably more suitable to be made by older children and adults. They can both be made within an hour so they can be easily made the night before you gift your hamper so they don't go stale!

Chocolate Rice Crispy Wreaths







This was a very nostalgic recipe for me, it reminds me of primary school but this is with a bit of grown up twist. I followed the simple recipe, and you can decorate these however you like. I really think this would be a great one to do with children, but be warned it gets very messy! It takes a bit of time to shape them into the wreaths and you need patience while they set in the fridge but they taste delicious! You can decorate them with edible decorations like they have here, but I found the most effective was spooning over some white chocolate. I think they look pretty good :)

Butterfly (Angel) Cakes






These are definitely my favourite. I took the classic butterfly cake recipe and my Mum had the great idea of turning them into angels. I followed the recipe and simply used extra decorations to decorate. The only change I made was to add jam when cutting the tops off the cakes because that's how we make them in my family! White and milk chocolate buttons were used for the faces with some melted down for the details, and then I simply popped some edible silver balls on for the body. I think these look so effective and I can't wait to make some more closer to christmas and give these as gifts!

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  1. Gaaah, these both look so good! I love the idea of little hampers too, I'm definitely going to be trying out more handmade presents this year. xo

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    1. Thank you! I think handmade presents add such a personal touch :) xx

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  2. I love these ideas (: It's never too early for christmas! Definitely will be giving the rice crispie wreaths ago, they look really good! xx

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    1. Thanks Jo! You definitely should, I'm eating one right now ;) xx

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  3. I absolutely love these ideas! We made Christmas hampers last year for relatives and made lots of different types of fudge, mince pies, chutneys and sweets. It was lots of fun but it did get quite stressful, I want to be more organised this year and do some of the things than can be done in advance (like the chutneys and jams) a few weeks before. Love the idea of the angel butterfly cakes, your Mum is a genius! xo

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    1. Thank you Rosie! Oh wow that sounds so good! I've never made chutneys or jams before but I'd love to! Its always good to be prepared :) Haha I'll pass on the compliment :D xx

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  4. Aw the fairy cakes are so adorable! I've never thought to actually make them look like fairies with a face :) x

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    1. Thanks Kim! No neither had I! Bit of a brainwave my Mum had there :) xx

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  5. These look so good to eat! Really good ideas too, i need to start thinking about christmas x

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    1. Thank you! I need to start writing lists and things so I can remember everything! xx

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  6. Those wreaths are just the cutest! I'm glad you posted them so early... gives me plenty of time to perfect them before christmas :D
    Love your blog by the way <3 just stumbled upon it and I'm so happy I did!
    Kaz x

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