Forget vouchers and frivolous gifts that will inevitably end up in landfill. This Christmas, give foodie friends and family something they’ll truly enjoy by rustling up one of these homemade food and drink gifts from South West producers
Hot, sweet and spicy – this chorizo jam created by the charcuterie experts at The Real Cure in Dorset would be a glorious Christmas gift. The recipe makes enough for two 450g jars, so we suggest also keeping a jar to yourself for a bombshell addition to your own festive cheeseboard (it’s a great accompaniment to cheese and crackers).
Dark chocolate truffles
The chocolatiers at Cow & Cacao in Darts Farm let slip their surprisingly simple recipe for dark chocolate truffles and now everyone wants a bite. The decadent truffles will keep for up to three weeks in an airtight container, which is ideal if you don’t want the hassle of baking the night before you exchange homemade gifts.
Espresso Martini syrup
You don’t even need an espresso machine to make this coffee-spiked syrup created by the beanmeisters at Extract Coffee Roasters in Bristol. Any caffeine lover with a stock of quality speciality beans, dark brown sugar and vodka will be able to recreate this luscious Espresso Martini syrup for gifting, or in preparation for a cheeky round of Espresso Martinis come Christmas evening.
A batch of these crunchy, chocolate-dipped biscotti would go down a treat as a homemade pressie. The team at Cornish Sea Salt are behind the recipe – hence the addition of their pearlescent sea salt flakes which add a pop of flavour to the festive biscotti.
The Nutcracker Cake
Rustle up this Nutcracker cake from Exploding Bakery‘s new cookbook Bake It. Slice It. Eat It. and wait for the compliments to roll in. Oliver Coysh and Tom Oxford are wizards when it comes to traybakes and this festive specimen doesn’t disappoint. If you don’t package it up as a gift and are baking it for home enjoyment, the duo recommend serving it warm with a dollop of mascarpone for a delicious nod to its Italian heritage.
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