Are you looking for something special to gift your loved ones this holiday? Here are five ideas you can whip up in your kitchen and leave a lasting impression.
Best Ever Granola
113 grams olive oil or melted virgin coconut oil
255 grams Maple syrup
Two tablespoons turbinado sugar
One tablespoon Kosher salt
255 grams old fashioned oats
96 grams of raw sunflower seeds
96 grams of raw pumpkin seeds
Preheat the oven at 149 degrees Celsius.
Place a large rimmed parchment paper on a baking sheet.
In a large bowl add the oil, maple syrup sugar, and salt.
Add the raw sunflower seeds, raw pumpkin seeds, and oats and stir to coat evenly.
Place the mixture on the baking sheet and into the oven.
Stir the mixture every 15 minutes until it turns golden brown and is dry.
Let it cool completely before packing.
Tart-cherry and dark chocolate bars
228 grams melted dark chocolate
Three grams dried tart cherries
Place a double boiler over simmering water and heat the dark chocolate while stirring until it melts. This step should take around five minutes.
Fill four candy moulds halfway with the melted chocolate.
Place the cherries onto the chocolate.
Smoothen the top with a small spatula
Tap the moulds lightly to remove air bubbles.
Place in the fridge for ten minutes.
Remove the chocolate bars from the mould and place them in a dry place.
Salted Caramel Bark
Two Tablespoon sugar
156 grams’ peanuts
Three tablespoon corn syrup
340 grams semi-sweet chocolate
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
To a large bowl, add the corn syrup, salt, and sugar.
Add peanuts to the mixture and stir until they coat evenly.
Place on a baking sheet layered with parchment paper.
Bake for 15 minutes until the bark turns brown and completely caramelized.
Stir into the melted chocolate until the peanuts coat evenly.
Spread on a waxed paper-lined pan and place in the fridge until the chocolate sets.
One 750 ml bottle vodka
Three cinnamon sticks
Two tablespoons of candied ginger
12 black peppercorns
Ten whole cloves
Ten lightly crushed cardamom pods.
Mix the vodka, candied ginger, whole cloves, cinnamon sticks, and cardamom pods.
Cover the mixture and let it seat for at most three days.
Strain the mixture and pour into bottles.
The chai vodka can last up to two months.
Bad Brownie is quick to make.
227 grams of melted butter
402 grams of sugar
64 grams of cocoa powder
One teaspoon vanilla extract
204 grams of all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking powder
Preheat the oven at 175 degrees Celsius and grease a baking pan.
Mix the melted butter, eggs, sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, vanilla extract, and salt.
Spread the batter in the greased pan.
Bake in the preheated oven for five to thirty minutes.
Place on a wire rack to cool.
Peter has been a keen blogger and amateur food critic for over 20 years. When eating and drink Peter loves spending time with his family and friends.