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Christmas Gift

None of these recipes is complicated or takes very long. One of the joys of the edible present approach is that it’s less stressful – you can buy ingredients in the normal course of your grocery shopping and a pretty jar, some cellophane bags, a handwritten label and maybe a rosette or a ribbon are all you need in the way of wrapping. Don’t forget, though, to write any storage instructions on the label, and a note of how long your present will keep for.

One last bossy note; jars and bottles should be sterilized before having foodstuff put in them. I regard a dishwasher-clean jar or bottle (providing it comes fresh from the machine, with not so much as a finger touching the inside) as a sterilized one. If you wish to be more meticulous, you can sterilize by washing your jars well in soapy water, then rinsing them and letting them dry in a cool (140C/gas mark 1) oven. If you’re putting warm chutneys or jellies into them, all jars must be used warm.

And remember, whatever you make is going to be a better present than almost any you might buy. And, really, wouldn’t you rather be in your kitchen instead of the shopping mall at Christmas?

Baklava
Photo by Petrina Tinslay
Baklava
By Nigella
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Chilli Jam
Photo by Lis Parsons
Chilli Jam
By Nigella
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Chocolate Pistachio Fudge
Photo by Lis Parsons
Chocolate Pistachio Fudge
By Nigella
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Chocolate Salame
Chocolate Salame
Photo by Petrina Tinslay
Chocolate Salame
By Nigella
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Christmas Chocolate Biscuits
Photo by Lis Parsons
Christmas Chocolate Biscuits
By Nigella
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Christmas Chutney
Photo by Lis Parsons
Christmas Chutney
By Nigella
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Christmas Puddini Bonbons
Photo by Lis Parsons
Christmas Puddini Bonbons
By Nigella
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Christmas Rocky Road
Photo by Lis Parsons
Christmas Rocky Road
By Nigella
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Edible Christmas Tree Decorations
Photo by Lis Parsons
Edible Christmas Tree Decorations
By Nigella
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Fig and Olive Chutney
Photo by Petrina Tinslay
Fig and Olive Chutney
By Nigella
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Hokey Pokey
Photo by Lis Parsons
Hokey Pokey
By Nigella
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Marshmallow Crispy Squares
Photo by Lis Parsons
Marshmallow Crispy Squares
By Nigella
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Spiced Peaches
Photo by Lis Parsons
Spiced Peaches
By Nigella
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Star-Topped Mince Pies
Photo by Lis Parsons
Star-Topped Mince Pies
By Nigella
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Vanilla Fudge
Vanilla Fudge
Vanilla Fudge
By Nigella
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Vanilla Shortbread
Photo by Petrina Tinslay
Vanilla Shortbread
By Nigella
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