Hubert Cormier’s advice: 5 DIY Christmas food gifts (+ a cookies-in-a-jar recipe)
As the holiday season approaches, here are 5 DIY gift ideas that come from the heart … and from your oven!
Running out of food is usually never an issue at a Christmas party. But what to do when all the leftovers are gone? Why not take all the necessary ingredients for a soup and arrange them nicely in a Mason jar for your next host or hostess gift? You can add dehydrated vegetables, pasta, spices, vegetable broth powder, etc. The person receiving this gift will just need to add water and enjoy a warm, homemade soup!
Whether spaghetti, Alfredo, poutine or pepper sauce, you cannot go wrong with a gift like this. You can offer it canned, potted or frozen! Your host or hostess will appreciate the convenience of this gift when they return to their crazy schedule after the holidays.
Anyone with a sweet tooth cannot resist truffles. Let yourself be inspired; chocolate blends with as many flavours as there are occasions! Dark, fruity, spiced up or salty, your truffles will be all the rage. But be sure to offer this gift in private to prevent it from disappearing before the end of the evening!
Energy bites can easily adapt to the most stringent dietary restrictions and they will be appreciated at all times of the day! Some recipes require cooking, others don’t! If you make a lot, you can freeze them for future occasions or future gift opportunities!
My last DIY idea is actually my cookies-in-a-jar recipe. You will love making it as much as your host or hostess will love receiving it! All dry ingredients are already pre-measured and all you have to do is add milk, oil and an egg before baking. In addition, it makes a very pretty gift when all the ingredients are layered!
- 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- ¼ tsp. salt
- ¼ cup dried cranberries
- 1 cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
- ¾ cup quick oatmeal
- ¼ cup dried blueberries
- ½ cup of almond flour
1. At the bottom of a 1-litre (4-cup) Mason jar, mix the flour, baking soda and salt.
2. Gently layer the other ingredients one by one, and then close the jar.
3. On a small piece of paper, write the following steps: “Preheat oven to 190 °C (375 °F). In a bowl, mix ½ cup canola oil, ¼ cup milk and 1 slightly beaten egg. Add the contents of the jar and stir until a homogeneous mixture is obtained. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, make 24 cookies of approximately 2 tbsp. each, then bake for 10 to 12 minutes.”
Preparation time: 15 minutes / Cooking time: 10 minutes / Servings: 24 cookies