Everyone loves homemade holiday treats. This year skip the expensive cookie boxes, and use materials lying around the kitchen to add an extra special homespun look to your gift giving.
Canning jars gives a vintage feel that echoes the handmade gift inside. The clear glass is perfect for showing off the nuts and berries in granola, and it looks pretty on countertops with a scoop tied to the side and filled with homemade pancake mix. A handwritten note card with cooking instructions is the proverbial icing on the cake.
Used jelly jars, especially ones with decorative tops, need no more than a ribbon to make them ready for gift-giving. Use them to store candied nuts or bite-sized cookies.
Parchment paper makes an excellent wrap for breads and cakes. Simply tie up with butcher twine and add a few branches of Christmas tree or some pine cones for a festive touch.
Homemade Buttermilk Pancake Mix
makes enough for one gift
You can easily double, triple or quadruple this recipe if gifting to a crowd, just be sure to whisk the ingredients together well so they are evenly distributed throughout the mix.
For the Mix:
1 cup (5.2 ounces) flour
1 tablespoon (16 grams) sugar
1 teaspoon (5 grams) baking powder
1/2 teaspoon (2 grams) baking soda
1/2 teaspoon (2 grams) sea salt
1/2 teaspoon (1 gram) vanilla powder, optional
To Cook the Pancakes (include this on a handwritten note card):
2 tablespoons (1 ounce) butter, melted plus more to coat the griddle
1 cup (8 ounces/225 ml) buttermilk, plus 1 tablespoon more if you like a thinner pancake
1 large egg