You don't need to spend a fortune, make German homemade christmas gifts.
Create wonderful personal presents for friends and family this christmas with these tempting sweet edible gift recipes.
This gingerbread is delicious with or without the chocolate fudge icing.
You will need
200g muscovado sugar
100g unsalted butter
250g golden syrup
400g plain flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 egg lightly beaten
For the icing
150g powdered sugar, sifted
3-4 tablespoons cocoa powder, sifted
50g softened butter
100g finely chopped nuts
Put the sugar, butter and golden syrup into a large saucepan. Heat gently over a low heat, stirring continously until the sugar has dissolved completely. Set aside to cool.
Sift the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and ground ginger into a bowl. Pour the cooled syrup over the dry ingredients and add the egg and milk. Stir until smooth. Pour the mixture into a greased and lined 23cm square cake tin and bake in a preheated oven at 150 degrees C for about 1 1/2 hours. Check with a skewer inserted into the centre to make sure it is cooked. Let cool in the tin.
To make the icing, put the powdered sugar, cocoa and softened butter into a bowl and mix well. Gradually add a little hot water mixing until the icing is a spreadable consistency. Spread over the cake top and swirl gently with a fork. Sprinkle with chopped nuts and the when the icing is set, cut into squares.
Place your gingerbread squares in a pretty festive box tied with ribbon. If you want a more individual look choose unusual giftwrap. Try brown paper or muslin tied with twine, or coloured tissue paper or sheer fabric held with ribbon. Alternatively place your treats in distinctively shaped tins, glass trinket boxes or in containers that you have covered with fabric.
To cut the costs this Christmas, why not make homemade Christmas gifts. I love chutney of all kinds, it is great served on Boxing Day with cold meat, pickles and bread. Make up a large batch, add a pretty ribbon and tag and you have a wonderful Chistmas gift.
You will need:
6 blood oranges
6-8 red onions
2-4 cm cube of fresh ginger
1-2 red chillies
125 g sugar
100 ml white wine vinegar
Peel the blood oranges with a very sharp knife so that you also peel off the white pith. Separate the orange pieces taking care to catch any juice in a bowl as you will need this.
Peel the onions and ginger. Finely cube the onion and finely grate the ginger. Cut the chillies in half, remove the pips, wash and cut into fine strips. Heat the sugar in a pan until it is caramelized. Mix in the onions, ginger and chillies and immediately add the vinegar and orange juice. Heat until it starts to thicken. Lastly add the orange segments and mix them in carefully. Cook on a rapid heat for 2 minutes. Pour the chutney into sterilized jars and seal immediately.
How To Make Your Own Vanilla SugarMake your own vanilla sugar to use in German cakes, cookies and German dessert recipes.