Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Making Edible Gifts

Prepping for the Holiday Series

I will be putting up my Advent Calendar again this December (check out last year’s calendar here) with a craft, idea or recipe for each day until Christmas.  However this year, in addition to that I decided to create a Prepping for the Holidays Series.  I will provide gift ideas for making your own presents, holiday entertaining ideas and recipes for holiday meals.

Making Edible Gifts

Craft an edible gift like a butter or dip and present it to your hostess or office mates.

Here are two recipes for butter:

Sweet Herb Whipped Honey

This recipe goes well with whole wheat bread or muffins so you could combine them in a bag, box or basket. It has a nice long shelf life so your recipient does not need to use it instantly.

¼ cup mild honey
1 Tbls. finely minced basil, marjoram or lemon thyme (or a mix)
½ cup unsalted butter, softened

In a microwave safe glass mixing bowl, heat honey for 45 seconds or until just warm.  Stir in herbs.  Cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for 24 hours.  Skim the herbs from the top and discard.  Bring honey to room temperature and whip for 1 minute with a handheld mixer set to medium speed.  Add butter and mix 30 seconds more or until mixture is light and creamy.  Place in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.  Allow spread to come to room temperature before serving.

Herb Butter

1 lb. butter, softened
1 tsp. ground black pepper
½ tsp. chopped garlic
3 Tbls. chopped chives, fresh (1 Tbls. dried)
2 tsp. tarragon, dried
2 tsp. chervil, dried
1 Tbls. parsley, dried
Combine ingredients in a bowl with a fork or a hand mixer.  Divide into 4 small containers.

To use: Herb butter --  Store in refrigerator.  Let come to room temperature to serve.  Spread on hot bread, rolls or muffins.

You could try this cream cheese recipe too:

If you want the fun of making a butter, but don’t have time to blend herbs, try these Herb Mixes (they can be blended with hummus too!:

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