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 😋

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

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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.

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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….

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

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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.

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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 🎉

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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

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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.

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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.

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

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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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