Christmas Gifts from the Kitchen
Christmas gifts from the kitchen are wonderful to give to your friends, neighbors, family, and co-workers. Yes, it takes a little of your time, but the recipients will love it because it shows that you spent time and effort making the gift. It’s also great to have on hand if unexpected guests arrive, they can always go home with one of your homemade gifts.
Recipes on The Good Plate
Recipes in This Post
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon ground mace
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
- Pinch of vanilla powder *
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1 egg
- 1 cup milk
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
- Mix all the ingredients together. If you are making a lot of the spice mix, then put it in a tin or glass jar and cover it until you are ready to use it.
- Put all the ingredients plus the spice mix into a sifter. Sift well, and package. Write somewhere on the package what is needed to make the pancake batter.
- Put the sifted dry ingredients in a bowl. Add the egg and milk, and stir together. Last, add the melted butter and stir. Set aside.
- Heat a griddle or skillet to medium or 350F/177C. Grease the griddle with oil. Drop the batter in spoonfuls onto the hot griddle. When the cake shows bubbles on top about 2 minutes, it's time to turn the cake over and keep on the griddle until browned, another minute or so. Put the pancakes in a covered dish or container while you finished making the rest of the pancake. A tortilla warmer does an excellent job of this.
- Serve with melted butter and syrup of your choice.
Preparing the Fudge for Packaging
All the fudge was made and prepared for packaging. I used waxed paper to wrap the fudge because it does not stick, is relatively malleable, and costs less than parchment paper.
Packaging Your Gifts
If you want, you can make very elaborate gifts by going to your nearest arts and crafts supply and getting specialty papers and wraps, bags and boxes. Make gift tags and write your message on the front, and the recipient on the back. You want to do this in case some of the gifts have an allergen, you will know which gift to give and the recipient not have to end up in the hospital – not a fun way to spend the holidays!
I put my bags in a nice basket that I usually use for Easter, but it did just fine with a nice Christmas bow. That bow then was glued to a French barrette and became my Christmas hair bow.