November 26, 2014

Ultimate Festive Baking Essentials

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There is nothing I like more than making up festive hampers for loved ones over Christmas. Of course you can get gorgeous hampers from places like Fortnums, and if you are short of time they are beautiful gifts,  but if you do have the time there is nothing like making up one yourself, not to mention it is pretty impressive and great fun.

Mum and I have had this tradition for years and around about this time we start brainstorming ideas for this years round of hampers.

We always try different goodies but keep a few favorites that we know always go down a storm.

When I tell friends and family about the hampers they too are always keen to make up a selection of hand made gifts for loved ones too so I thought I would put together my ultimate Christmas hamper kitchen essentials kit for you to get for those keen bakers out there either as early presents for this year or so they can get stuck in for 2015.

Cutters  - festive cutters are great, you can hand ice your creations once baked with pretty designs and make them look beautiful. 

10 of the best Christmas Cookies from around the world: Linzer Cookies recipe at A Fox in the Kitchen

Mince pie cutters - these are great roll your pastry thin and fill with delicious mincemeat.

Pâte Frolle Mince Pies / Top with Cinnamon

Everyone can decorate their own gingerbread house this Christmas, with Sarah Cook's cute mini versions

Piping bag and nozzles  - great to decorate cookies or your gingerbread houses 

Four Easy Ways to Frost a Cupcakes with an Open Star Tip! #chocolate #buttercream #cupcakedecorating

Bunt tins - these mini cakes are great and once out of their packaging can be dusted liberally with icing sugar and served with sticky sauce. 

Lingonberry Gingerbread Cakes {styling}

Loaf tin - make up a sticky gingerbread loaf.

Chocolate Gingerbread 1C+1T flour 1/2t bak soda 2T cocoa pdr 1t grd cinnamon 1t grd ginger  pinch grd nutmeg 1/4t salt 4T unsalted butter 1/2C packed brown sugar 1 egg 1/2C buttermilk 1/3C molasses 2T flaxseed meal(opt) 2T crystalized ginger chips 3/4C cup coarsely chopped chocolate   Oven 350F Lightly grease pan

Mini jars - perfect to fill with toffee sauce, a great gift that can last for the Christmas period and be enjoyed drizzled over puddings.

Salted Caramel Sauce - Great for gifting!

Ribbons - these can be tied, threaded, looped and wrapped around your creations. 

Gingerbread men ornaments for packages

Cellophane & Cellophane bags  - great for wrapping liberally around all your goodies.

White Toasted Almond Bark with Sea Salt.. tagged and wrapped for gifting

Silicone ice cube tray - This is a great essential to any kitchen, for the winter hampers they are great to make chocolate stirrers. Pour melted chocolate in your tray, place in a lolly stick and sprinkle with nuts, once set take out of the tray and wrap in cellophane. 

Mint Hot Chocolate Stirring Stick

Lolly Sticks  These are a great baking accessory, you can stick marshmallows on the end and dip in chocolate...

Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows Hot Cocoa Stirrers

These all make great stocking fillers and fun gifts for any bakers out there! Less than a month till Christmas...get baking! 

(Images all taken from my Pinterest boards

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