Holiday food gifts make the best gifts for Christmas season. Custom gifts are the most endearing and sentimental presents one can receive. Spending time to buy something is sweet enough but spending time in the kitchen to create baked goods is definitely sweeter. Literally! December is the one month of the year to wholly indulge in dessert and read ahead for some delicious selection this season. |
Baked breads Tasty breads are great for Christmas brunches and dinners. Try Chai-spiced tea loaves or quick nut bread with lemon zest. Instead of the usual chocolate brownies, bake simple mini gingerbreads with a sweet glaze of sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest on top. These breads are great with coffee so if you're feeling a bit more generous, pair your baked bread gifts with a coffee packet or tea bag.
Christmas Cookies Everyone loves cookies. They're easy to pick up, eating is mess-free, and a cornucopia of recipes are available online. They're also easy to make! Would you like to go traditional and bake sugar cookies with ornamental frosting and shape it into cute Christmas trees, stars or snowflakes? How about a more elegant approach to cookies by creating some chocolate-covered Pistachio cookies or Pecan lace cookies, baked thin and crisp dipped in chocolate?
Homemade Pies Grab a plate, gather around and enjoy a big helping of Christmas pie. Try some luscious cream pies filled and topped with banana, blueberry or chocolate caramel. Chocolate pies are irresistible and fruity pies filled with strawberry or peach are a real winner for the health-conscious. For adults, the rich gooey texture of a chocolate bourbon pecan pie is recommended. For the young ones, you can serve pumpkin cream tarts with cranberries on top or a tiered eggnog pudding with gingersnaps in small compotes.
Christmas Cakes Let them eat cake! And eat we shall. Cakes take a lot more time to make but decorative cakes are a delight and a joy to look at. A slice of an apple spice cake or a moist carrot cake with cream cheese frosting will make you want to celebrate Christmas every month of the year. If you're up to the task, you can create a magnificent Buche de Noel which is a sponge cake shaped like a log decorated with confectioner's sugar to look like snow. Another suggestion which is sure to be popular with both family, friends and co-workers is a fruity Christmas wreath cake of raisins, cherries, walnuts and pineapple. A less tedious recipe would be some maple cupcakes or chocolate Reindeer cupcakes with pretzels as antlers.
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