Playing with my food… Homemade Christmas Hamper Food gifts

For Christmas this year, I want to make mostly Homemade gifts, I like to have a practice, so as I am not cooking tonight, I thought I would have a play 😇

I am making some thank you gifts for some friends that donated a lovely garden table to us, Bailey’s fudge for the grown ups and Jelly Bean fudge for their kids….

Around this time of year, I get asked to make Fudge ALOT.. I make it in the Thermomix (no surprise there 🤓) and it makes a smooth, Creamy fudge, not the grainy ‘tablet’ type, and it appears to go down very well 😋


I use this base recipe Thermomix fudge recipe with a few tweeks.


Into the Thermomix bowl add 2 100g bars of white chocolate (I use Aldi basic 30p a bar) and blitz at speed 10 for a few seconds, this will be very noisy, set the grated Chocolate to one side, tip a tin of condensed milk into the Thermomix bowl, I use a silicon spatula to scrape out the tin, then add 125g chopped butter, 160g light brown sugar, and 125g golden syrup (forget the glucose syrup, I replace it with more golden syrup) – cook this for 8 minutes speed 3 at heat 100, then scrape down the bowl, heat again for 20 minutes, speed 3 varoma heat.


I line a square baking tin (approx 8×8) with cling film whilst the fudge is cooking, as you need to work fast when it’s ready.


In the last minute of the Thermomix cooking time, press stop, add the grated chocolate and mix at speed 4, still at varoma temp – get your silicon spatula ready and stir in any remaining chocolate then pour into the lined tin, spread to even out, then leave for several hours till solid – cut into whatever size pieces you want to and get ready for the praise and friend and family devour it….


Today I have made Baileys Fudge – I replace 100g of golden syrup with 100g of bialys (I used the Aldi version).


And Jelly Bean fudge – once cooked and still liquid, stir in 200g of jelly beans just before tipping into the tin – I did this to make it look like Christmas lights.


I have also done some ‘reindeer’ a I sold these last year to raise funds for my Dayghter going to Kenya for 3 months with the VSO – we raised a lot of cash 🎉


I am also trying Shortbread in a couple of shapes I,ve had the idea to do, youngest can take them back to Uni with him – he’s been eating for England all week, so I would hate to see him ‘fade away’ on his return to his Uni house 🙄

I am making the Shortbread in the Thermomix and am trying this recipe Thermomix Shortbread recipe


I added 125g of sugar and blitzed it for 3 seconds at speed 7, then added 250g of chopped butter, not in the above recipe, but I added a blob of vanilla bean paste – then mixed at speed 6 for 1 minute, scrape bowl down and mix again for another 10 seconds. scrape down the bowl again, then add 250g plain flour and 125g cornflour and blitz at speed 6 for 6 seconds, scrape down once again and reblitz for another 6 seconds at speed 6.


Press into baking tins of your choice, I have gone for round ones.

Bake for 50 minutes at 150, I mark the Shortbread before I put it in the oven.


Remove from the oven, score into the shapes you want, then leave to cool.


Decorate, if you want to, I have gone for a Christmas theme.



Author: emptynestfulltum

Hi - I'm a 49 yo Mum to 3 kids - Jordan (23), Grace (21) and Max (19). And Wife to my lovely Husband, Dave and step mum to 4 fur babies, our cats Eric, Ernie, Cilla and Bobbie. We live on the beautiful Isle of Wight, Hubby and I were born here, and just love our home. As I hurtle towards 50, my life as a full time (working) parent is coming to an end, with my eldest 2 kids living their own lives, and my youngest who started University in September. I realised that this is not a time to be sad, but a time to take time to spend time on some of the things I enjoy doing - mainly cooking, crafting and creating Pinterest boards for said thing s :) This blog is just a way for me to record the next stages of our lives - I hope you enjoy my ramblings...

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