Christmas hamper recipes
This Christmas, make your friends and family feel special with home-made food gifts. For Secret Santa on a budget, you could whip up a small bag of coconut ice in no time at all – or if you’re looking for something really special for family, you might want to tackle a whole hamper groaning with good things. We’ve come up with some suggestions for themed hampers with some of our favourite recipes.
Include a bottle of sparkling wine for mum and dad, and something non-alcoholic and fizzy for the kids. Pack it all up in a colourful plastic trug that can be used for toy storage.
Preserved apples and pears in syrup
Mini Christmas cakes
Rachel Allen’s spiced cranberry and orange relish
Place the goodies onto a large shallow bowl or into a wine cooler and wrap in cellophane.
Sophie Grigson’s cheese biscuits
Rachel Allen’s almond brittles
Marinated mixed olives
Parmesan and rosemary wafers
Jane Asher’s last minute Christmas cake
Pink Champagne Truffles
Great for friends who love to spend time in the kitchen. Put the goodies into a large serving bowl or place on a chopping board and wrap in a tablecloth.
James Martin’s biscotti
Ainsley Harriott’s onion marmalade
Five spice salt
If your friend is planning a holiday, include a guide book or travel diary in the hamper. If you want to brag about your own travels over the past year, include foody photos for inspiration.
Latvian gingerbread cookies
Goong Goong’s pickle
Sicilian dressed olives
Biscotti de mandorli
Pack the hamper into a wicker basket for a traditional feel, or bring it up to date in a colourful enamel bread bowl.
English ale mustard
Delia Smith’s orange marmalade
Nigel Slater’s Christmas pudding
If you’re going to include a bottle or two of wine in your hamper, make sure you separately pack some mulling spices. You can buy these ready-made or make them up yourself by bundling up mixes of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, coriander and cardamom; the choice of spices is up to you. Include a hand-written recipe with the spices so the recipient knows how to use them.