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
Black Forest Fudge
Each of the Spice Mix
- 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 *, See note below
For Each Package of Pancake Mix
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
To Make the Pancake Batter
- 1 egg
- 1 cup milk
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
For the Spice Mix
- 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.
For the Pancake Mix
- 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.
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
- Thin marker
- Cut the paper into even pieces. Cut the sheet in half lengthwise, then cut each strip into 3 1/2 inch pieces. You will have a little paper left over.
- Punch a hole into each paper
- Write a little note for the occasion on the front side. Use a stamp if you have one.
- Write the recipient's name on the backside.
- Pull the ribbon through the hole to attach the tag to the gift bag.
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.