Before leaving for France, I wasn’t sure what I could bring for my loved ones. Instead of reaching for the usual suspects: scented candles, books, etc…I thought would do something more personal, perhaps more meaningful, so I decided to give away homemade edible gifts. In my humble opinion, nothing says I care more than putting your own time and energy into creating something for someone you love!
I thought I would share it with you and hopefully inspire you to make your own gifts! The process involves different steps that are all fun: choosing the recipe, cooking, canning and maybe the best part of all, decorating your jars, which is such a wonderful way to unleash your creativity.
Here’s what I made and how. All the recipes are linked.
- Toasted Coconut Sugar: a wonderful and simple way to add flavor to your sugar. Tastes great on your morning oatmeal or pancakes.
- Citrus Salt: Flavored salt is great and again so easy to make! Use a coarser salt, such as Maldon or Fleur de Sel for optimal results. This one tastes particularly good with fish or salads.
- Homemade Nutella: A childhood’s favorite, only a much healthier version than the one you find in store.
- Apricot Riesling Jam: Delicious and such a great way to use these apricots when they come in season.
- Maple + Olive oil Granola: Nekisia Davis’ granola is a favorite for a lot of people. It is actually part of Food 52’s Genius Recipes. Try it and you’ll understand why. My only alteration to the original recipe was to lessen the sugar content. See for yourself…
- Chipotle Rosemary Spiced Nuts: Another crowd pleasing treat, Ina Garten’s appetizer has the perfect balance of spicy, crunchy tangy and sweet. I could see myself doing more batches around Thanksgiving or Christmas season.
Now for the fun part, there are lots of ways you can decorate your jars and you will find lots of inspiration online. I personnel opted for a slight vintage look so I chose chalkboard and kraft labels, raffia and hemp cord, I also found the cutest little tags…
Have fun and let me know what you are making!