Left Christmas buying too late or always forget to buy a present or two?
Why not whip up one of these easy peasy gift ideas and have them stashed in your kitchen ready for that award moment you receive that unexpected gift!!
Pat’s perfect pasty mince pies
You need >
- 2 patty tins each for 12 pies (Grease these lightly even if non stick)
- 1 x7 cm round cutter
- 1x6cm round cutter
- 235g Laxey flour plain flour
- 58g Isle of Man Creamery butter
- 58g lard
- 1. 1/2 dessert spoons caster sugar
- Approx 2 1/2 tbsp
- very cold water to mix
- 1 Jar mincemeat..( why not empty the jar of mincemeat into a bowl and add a dessert spoon or so of brandy and stir well in – makes it feel like homemade!)
- Put fats, flour and sugar in food processor and wizz until its like bread crumbs
- Add water and pulse till mixture starts to come together.
- Turn out onto floured work top and just lightly knead together
- Divide into 2 and pat each piece into a roundish shape. Wrap in film and rest in fridge for half hour.
- Roll the pastry really thinly, about the thickness of 1p piece or even less You will not get 24 7cm rounds out of one half of pastry Reroll off cuts and a bit from second piece of dough to get bases into all.
- Fill each base with one slightly rounded teaspoon of mincemeat One jar will give you exactly 24 pies
- Roll out pastry tops using the 6 cm round cutter or a shaped cutter such as a star or Christmas tree.
- Then put both trays into the fridge for 2-3 hours or overnight This will give you flakier pastry
- Set oven to 200 or 170 fan and bake for about 25 minutes till golden brown
- Leave pies in trays for only a minute or do after you take them out of the oven
- Then use a soft spatula to move each pie on to a wire tray to cool
Bake these cookies yourself or give the dry ingredients in a jar for your recipient to bake at a later date
For the layered jar you will need >
- 1 jam jar
- Some ribbon
- A gift tag
- 50g caster sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon powder
- 50g plain Laxey flour
- 1tsp baking powder
- 80g porridge oats
- 50g cranberries
If baking yourself add >
- 60g butter
- 1tbsp set honey OR dessert spoon of runny honey
- If not write on the label that the baker will need to add >
- Put ingredients in pretty layers in the jar, tie with a ribbon and add instructions to the tag
- Pre – Heat oven to 180 C / 160 C (fan assisted) / gas 4. Grease a large baking sheet
- In a pan melt the butter and add the honey. In a large bowl, mix the butter with the contents of the jar.
- Roll into portions and flatten with a fork.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly golden
- Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack
Apple Orphanage hot spiced apple kit
How adorable do these hot spiced apple kits look with local apple orphanage juice bottles 😍 So quick and easy to make and a perfect winter warmer gift.
You will need (for each)
- 1 Bottle of apple orphanage apple juice
- 1 Cinnamon stick
- 4 cloves
- Pinch nutmeg
- Small sealable baggies (or cling film)
- Ribbon or string
- Gift card
- In 2 baggies put the cloves and nutmeg
- Sellotape to the card on one side
- Write the instructions on the other side of the card and attach to the bottle with string
- Before you tie the bow add the cinnamon stick to the string and hold on place by tying a bow
- Add juice and spices to a pan, bring to the boil, strain out the cloves and serve with the cinnamon (Drinker may add a drop of honey if the juice is too sharp)
Manx Honey roast peanuts
Homemade honey roast nuts taste so much better than shop bought! Especially when Using local Manx honey!
I’ve used peanuts but any nuts will do. If they’re not ready salted then add some salt.
You need >
- Decorative ribbon
- 200g salted peanuts
- 4 tbsp Manx honey
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- Pre-Heat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan
- In a Pan melt the honey until softer, mix in the nuts and cinnamon until all nuts are completely coated
- Lay the nuts in a single layer on a baking tray lined with baking paper.
- Roast for 8-10 minutes until golden and bubbling, stirring twice.
- Allow to cool slightly, but make sure you move them off the baking paper while warm
- Place nuts into a sealable container and when cooled break into pieces and place in jars, decorated with. Festive bow