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Homemade Baked Gifts for Christmas – Florentines – Good Food, Fudge – delicious.

December 13, 2009

As the primary gifting period is now firmly upon us, baking fans and fans of thrift alike can save a penny or two by making edible gifts, lovingly baked and packaged.

This Christmas, I’ll be making gingerbread but also I’ve found two great recipes from BBC Good Food and delicious. magazine. Easy to make fudge (I’d read you needed specialist equipment, lots of patience and luck – three things I’m not generally in posession of) and Christmas shaped florentines – not something I’d heard of before but looked great on the page.

The easy peasy fudge was fantastically simple to make – just shove melt butter and marshmallows and mix them with icing sugar and just wait for your heart attack! I could only get hold of white and pink marshmallows so my finished fudge has a lovely baby pink tinge to it – this might be a present better suited for the girlier amongst your friends, but at least makes it stand out!

The florentine was a little harder – the first part requires you to bake together honey, almonds, coconut, sugar and so on in the oven for a while before you spread chocolate on top. I found a lot of it stuck to the baking paper and didn’t want to come off. After letting it cool for a while though I had much more success and managed to prize it off the paper ready for the fun part – chocolate!

I used dark and white chocolate to provide a great contrast and added some swirls throughout to give it a bit more decoration. After the chocolate had set, my workout for the week was provided in cutting out the shapes through the tough set mixture and chocolate.

I made Christmas tree and star shapes, and I’d reccommend purchasing a couple of cardboard boxes to give the shapes in, and as you’ll get absolutely loads of “bits” left over, maybe some clear plastic to wrap these, as these would also make a brilliant gift.

I estimate you could get at least 3 boxes of shapes and probably 2 or 3 bags of bits – so up to 6 presents from one recipe. Not bad. Similarly with the fudge, boxing it up would be a good idea, again around 3 boxes worth in this recipe – and this one is so cheap it probably works out to around £1.50 per present. Excellent!

Visit the delicious. website to find the fudge recipe, or the BBC Good Food website for the florentines recipe and check out how gorgeous the florentines look from side on below!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. profiteroleprof permalink
    December 14, 2009 12:54 am

    Great ideas! Thanks!

  2. December 20, 2009 4:09 pm

    wow they look fantastic – any chance you can send some my way?

  3. December 23, 2009 6:54 pm

    they look delicious! I just finished my edible gifts last night and it yielded a lot of gifts. Putting them in decorative packaging was just as much fun as making them.

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