Usually, it is my prerogative to bring along a dessert to complement my mother's famous Christmas pudding (the only one CT will eat). However, this year, she has that already sorted so I am bringing the pre-dinner nibbles instead. As well as various nuts, I have marinated some olives, originating from a friend's place in Liguria, with olive oil and oregano.
Nigella's Parmesan shortbreads that look so very tempting on the BBC food site, but look completely different here. Luckily, they taste wonderfully naughty and I've found it very difficult to keep CT at bay and save the majority to take with me today. One of the guests is gluten sensitive, so although these are not completely gluten free, I made them with half gluten free flour and half wholemeal spelt, so the gluten level is very low. Spelt flour can often be tolerated when standard wheat flour cannot. In making the mix, I found it was far too dry, perhaps because these flours absorb more liquid than plain white wheat flour. I ended up adding the white of the egg as well as the yolk and a tablespoon of water. When I cut the rounds (43 in total), they flattened out into rectangles and ended up looking like mini slices of toast I thought - quite cute really.
Maison Cupcake. This month is being hosted by Recipe Junkie and the Attack of the Custard Creams and the theme is Food to Cherish Your Loved Ones. Making these virtually gluten free is a loving touch I reckon and they will also be shared out lovingly amongst our friends.
So what were in my Christmas hampers in 2012?
|Fig, Apple and Pomegranate Jam|
|Chilli & Chocolate Mincemeat|
|Chewy Apricot & White Chocolate Cookies|
|Cinnamon & Honey Christmas Stars|
|Rosemary Chocolate Truffles|
|Cookies in a Jar|
|Ginger Chocolate Chip Oat Cookies|
|Chocolate Spoons & Dinosaurs|
|Peppermint Bark - yet to be posted|
|Almond and Cinnamon Balls from Belleau Kitchen|
|Mincemeat Slices - yet to be posted|
|Chocolate Coated Caramel Brazils|
|Chocolate Crackles - yet to be posted|
|Breton Butter Biscuits|