Edible Xmas gifts that can be made well in advance.....

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Special Occasions & Other Celebrations
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  • AngleaAnglea Forumite
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    Hi Kazz, I've often found with cooking that it doesn't turn out right each time, even if it's a tried and tested recipe. That often happens to my scotch pancakes.

    What I've done last year with blackberries is to make fruit puffs.

    Put them with sugar into squares of rolled out puff pastry, cover with another layer of dough, firm edges, cut across the tops and sprinkle brown sugar over them.

    This time I plan to make a fruit pudding -

    100 g self raising flour, pinch of salt
    add 50 g butter/marg - rub in until like breadcrumbs.
    Stir in 100 g sugar and 1lb fruit
    beat in 150 ml (quarter pint) milk = thick batter.
    Put in baking dish.
    Cook 200C - Gas 6 for 30-40 mins

  • made two lots of jam

    1st one under the gudience of my mother which set nicely and poured fine

    the 2nd one my mother didn't help as she has gone to work and i cant see it setting very well it doesn't seem to be anyway!

    x
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    the 2nd one my mother didn't help as she has gone to work and i cant see it setting very well it doesn't seem to be anyway!

    Hi hun :) My jam didn't set at first so I had to reboil it with more pectin - its seems to have worked
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  • lunarlunar Forumite
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    Just found this thread after searching for preserving ideas. http://www.selections.com/ are selling Kilner Jar 700ml (ceramic lid) for 99p, I have ordered 30 as i had a credit note with them. Im not too sure how this price compares but i wanted to share the link.
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  • AngleaAnglea Forumite
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    99p seems a good price lunar, they can be very pricey.

    Today I picked a load of blackberries on the way home from the shops.

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    lunar wrote: »
    Just found this thread after searching for preserving ideas. http://www.selections.com/ are selling Kilner Jar 700ml (ceramic lid) for 99p, I have ordered 30 as i had a credit note with them. Im not too sure how this price compares but i wanted to share the link.


    Thanks for this, have ordered 8 for gifts in a jar.:beer:
  • lunar wrote: »
    Just found this thread after searching for preserving ideas. http://www.selections.com/ are selling Kilner Jar 700ml (ceramic lid) for 99p, I have ordered 30 as i had a credit note with them. Im not too sure how this price compares but i wanted to share the link.

    do you think they'd with stand candle heat :)
  • foxy219foxy219 Forumite
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    You have given me lots of new ideas, thanks to Anglea who pointed me in this direction from the link on another thread. I am hoping the weather stays nice all week so that I can take the kids blackberrying at the weekend. I usually freeze them and use with the rhubarb and apples from the garden, but you have inspired me to try jams this year too. I may pay my gran a visit as she used to make all her own and I am sure she will have some recipes for me!
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  • SmlSaveSmlSave Forumite
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    Just popping in to say that I made bread & butter pickle (pickled cucumbers really) and they were lurvly :) Don't think they'll be allowed to leave the house though as DH scoffed half a jar last night!

    Went plum picking again and filled a carrier bag! Can't wait to make some jam and some plum brandy :) Also found a good spot for balckberry picking and shall go tonight.

    Nice to 'meet' you foxy :) Apparently you can still make jam from frozen fruit

    Hope everyone is well
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  • mum2onemum2one Forumite
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    Plum Brandy sounds lush, could I be very cheeky, and ask for the recipie. xxx
    xx rip dad... we had our ups and downs but we’re always be family xx
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