Saturday, November 28, 2015

Three Great Food Gifts You Can Make

by Paige Rhodes

With just a few pantry ingredients, you can wow your friends and family with these delicious, easy homemade treats this holiday season.

Granola is a great gift to give to busy families. When everyone is rushing out the door, your thoughtfulness will be appreciated more than you know.

Cranberry Biscoff Granola
Makes 6 servings

3 cups rolled oats
1 cup slivered almonds
½ cup crushed speculoos or biscoff cookies
¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons brown sugar
¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons maple syrup
¼ cup vegetable oil
¾ teaspoon salt
1 cup dried cranberries
medium sized glass jar

1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
2. In a large bowl, combine the oats, nuts, cookies, and brown sugar.
3. In a separate bowl, combine maple syrup, oil, and salt. Combine both mixtures and pour onto two sheet pans. Cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes to achieve an even color.
4. Remove from oven and transferinto a large bowl. Add cranberries and mix until evenly distributed.

The holidays are the perfect time for festive cocktails, and your friends will love an infused liquor to add to their bar carts. Attach a cocktail recipe card to the bottle, and you’ll be the talk of your Secret Santa party.

Rosemary Infused Vodka
Makes one bottle

1 750 ml bottle of vodka
3 large sprigs of fresh rosemary
large tall glass bottle

Pour the bottle of vodka into a resealable glass bottle, add rosemary sprigs,seal, and let it sit on the countertop for a day.

Homemade vanilla extract
This the gift that keeps on giving. Just by adding a splash of bourbon every now and then and giving the bottle a shake, you will get a lifetime supply of vanilla from just a few beans. This gift is perfect for the avid baker in your life.

1 cup bourbon
7 vanilla beans
8 oz glass jar

1. Slice each vanilla bean once long-ways and place in bottle.
2. Add bourbon, making sure the beans are completely submerged.
3. Seal the bottle and store in a cool, dark place for eight weeks, shaking vigorously every few days or so.

Do you have other favorite food gifts that you will share with us? Check out Paige Rhodes’ other food ideas here.

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