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I have often made edible gifts for people for Christmas, especially when I am teaching preserving classes and am keen to try out new recipes. I actually really enjoy giving and receiving handmade goods. There are so many benefits: seasonal excess food can be turned into something wonderful,  you can cook for an afternoon with a glass of wine instead of a trip to a shopping centre, you get the pleasure of making things with your very own hands. Having a few jars of preserves or cordial is always a great way to ensure you have gifts for any unexpected people or situations.

I’ve put together a weird and wonderful range of recipes from jams to cordials to donuts. Have a look, there might be something you would like.

Jams and preserves:

Tomato kasundi

Pickled beetroot

Onion jam

Piccalilli

Spicy pickled cucumbers

Dukkah

Strawberry and rosewater jam

Pear and vanilla bean jam
Egg free lemon butter

Drinks:

Strawberry cordial

Rose cordial

Pineapple cordial

Lemon and Barley cordial

Ginger beer

Baked goods:

Chickpea brine meringues
Beetroot bread
No knead bread
Vegan baked donuts
Chocolate cauliflower brownies
Lemon poppyseed cake
Seedy flapjacks
Vegan fruit and nut biscotti
Chocolate Bier cake