When you think of the holidays, what is one of the first things you think about?
You might think that gifts of homemade food is corny or cheap. But think about it – Don’t you love getting delectable goodies?
My niece is going to be in from Florida this week – and she wants to do a cookie baking extravaganza.
All kinds of memories are made along with the food.
There’s a lot of reasons you should consider giving homemade food as gifts –
Yes, its less expensive than the store bought counterparts
Homemade tastes better
Homemade food is better for you. There’s no chemicals or preservatives. Yes, even a homemade sweet treat is better for you than a commercially made treat.
But I think the biggest thing about homemade is the love that goes into it. There’s just something heartwarming about homemade food. You know that someone went to the trouble to make that for you.
Take a basic truffle. You can make your own truffles. They are surprisingly easy. OK, messy too, but consider that the average good truffle costs about $2 per piece…
In Dubai, luxury truffles go for $270 per piece.
You can add a little luxury to your gifts for a lot less!
Basic Truffle Recipe
½ Cup unsalted butter
2 1/3 C confectioner’s sugar
½ C cocoa
1/4 cup heavy or whipping cream
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Centers: pecan, walnuts, whole almonds or after-dinner mints
Coatings: coconut, crushed nuts, confectioners sugar
Makes about 3 dozen truffles
Cream butter in large mixer bowl.
Combine 2 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar and the cocoa;
add alternately with cream and vanilla to butter. Blend well.
Chill until firm.
Shape small amount of mixture around desired center; roll into 1 inch balls.
Drop into desired coating and turn until well covered.
Chill until firm.
Take truffles out about 30 minutes before serving.
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