Every year I have major plans of making edible gifts for my friends. Last year I started off with good intentions; to make a hamper of sorts with all cool edible gifts… because you know food blogger and all, people would be more happy to receive things to eat than onesies form Primark. Since sending edible gifts by post to parents in India was not an option, I thought of making a recipe calendar for them with my “gorgeous photographs (self-proclaimed of course)” and recipes. I harassed Ro so much about the calendar – software to use, how to get dimensions right, where to get it printed etc etc- that he finally lost it and asked me to just do my own shit.
First on the list will be the Christmas themed cookies I’ll be making with the new OXO Good Grips Cookie Press. This fabulous gadget not only lets you whip out cookies of same size, but you also have the option of selecting from 12 different shapes with snowflake, wreath and tree definitely going into my Christmas gift box. The daisy, buttercup and sunflower are a personal favourite so I’m going to include that too for good measure. The stainless steel blades are dishwasher safe and can be easily stored in the box that comes with the gadget. The cookie press will be available in Lakeland from January 2014 and if you want to make loads of cookies at one go then this is the gadget to have.
Vodka- 3 cups (any quality is fine)
Lemons- 5 to 6 (make sure they are organic, unwaxed lemons)
Glass bottles with lid- 23 to 250 ml
Sterilise the bottles by washing them in warm soapy water and then leaving to dry completely.
Wash the lemons and wipe them dry.
Peel the lemons with a zester, making sure none of the white pith comes along with the zest.
Carefully add the zest into the bottles. I added around 2 lemons per bottle for a strong flavour.
Pour in 1 cup of vodka per bottle. If you use a measuring jug with a beak, it would be much easier, or a funnel.
Seal with a lid and store in a cool dark place.
Gently shake it everyday, for about 1 week or so, or alternate days at least.
When ready to use, either strain the fruit and use or simple keep using the extract as and when required with the peel still in the bottle.
Dress the bottle and its a perfect Christmas gift.
I chucked a slit birds eye chilli into one bottle
My next set of 3 will be orange extract. Use one large orange for each bottle and follow the procedure mentioned above.
You can actually go crazy with infusing vodka- vanilla, rosemary and lime, raspberry, blackberry, mango, peppercorns- are on my to do list. If you do want to give it a shot, just eye ball the measurements based on how strong you’d like them to be and use accordingly.
Add the extract to bakes, cakes and custards or add some simple syrup and use in a cocktail.
With thanks to OXO Good grips for the review sample.