In my search to find suitable recipes for my gifts in jars theme this Christmas, I came across one for Cinnamon Honey Butter.
It appealed to my sweet tooth, so I thought it would be an easy one to try out and gave it a go.
Turned out well and was as easy as I expected! I used my Bellini Intelli, but you could use any processor or hand mixer too.
- 1 cup honey
- 1 cup butter at room temperature
- 1 cup icing sugar
- 2 tsp cinnamon powder
- Pour all ingredients into Bellini Intelli jug.
- Mix for 30 seconds, speed 3 to combine.
- Scrape down sides with rubber spatula.
- mix for 1 minute, speed 5 till light and fluffy.
- Pour into clean jars, top with lids or plastic wrappers.
Spray your cup with cooking spray before adding honey (it will help it pour out easily)
- Piping bag from folded, greaseproof paper.
Fold into square and over itself to form a funnel
Snip the end to pipe it in jars.
Stand your piping bag in a glass to fill.
I actually found it easier to get into jars using a butter knife.
Decorate with a fabric square… easy and no sewing required !
So one of the projects on my to-do list for cooking this week was Apricot Jam in my Bellini Intelli.
There is a lot of jam testing in some houses that I know of, of late. I think because it is such an easy thing to make. The ingredients are easy to come by, it tastes good, and at the end you feel as though you have accomplished a great cooking feat.
Apricot jam is a favourite of mine, closely followed by plum. Given neither are in season I gave dried apricots a try.
The following recipe I did resulted in a chunkier jam, it definitely had ‘bits’. If you don’t like bits, my friend at LiveLoveTaste recently did a smooth version, check it out.
If you are happy with bits, then give this a try. It could also be smoothed out by a bit more processing too, although I use the bits to convince myself that there is some fruity goodness in the jam and it’s not just mostly sugar I am eating :D!!
- 2 packets of dried apricots (approx 650 gms)
- sugar (equal quantity of your fruit weight)
- 1 fresh lemon, flesh and zest
- Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees, place clean jam jars on a flat tray and place in oven.
- Soak apricots in water. I covered them with warm (not boiling) water out of the kettle, and left for an hour while I was doing other things.
- Drain apricots and weigh. Pour apricots into BIKM jug.
- Measure out an equal quantity of sugar, add to jug.
- Add lemon zest and flesh.
- I also added in about 100mls of water at this point.
- Cook for 20 minutes, speed 1, 100 degrees.
- If too thick add a little more water. Cook for another 10-15 minutes, speed 1, temp 90 degrees.
- If jam is too chunky here, you can gradually increase speed 1-2-3, until you have your desired consistency.
- I poured into hot glass jars fresh from the oven and covered with plastic lids (be careful, it is very hot and can bubble everywhere).
I searched the internet and the easiest way to test if your jam is set, is to place a bread plate in the freezer to chill it. Put a teaspoon of hot jam on it, and if it sets you’re done. If not, cook a little longer.
Apricot Jam Homemade in the BIKM
Cookie mix in a jar
Well I thought I would make my first post one about something that has been consuming my train of thought of late…
And that is Christmas.
Not just the usual presents for the kiddies and little people in our life… but those presents you are almost obliged to give.
It’s not that I don’t love giving presents, but the ones that I do give, usually involve a lot of thought on my behalf.
I’m talking about people like our grandparents… or old Aunt Jude… or the sweet old lady down the road.
So I came across ( a not so original idea it seems, but one I haven’t seen before) of gifts in jars.
You can find the original recipe I used and tweaked here
Last year, I did a M&M layered biscuit mix in a glass jar, in a pretty box with Christmassy mugs, flavoured coffee sachets, individual tea bags, and come small choccies scattered around.
I think it looked cute all wrapped up and decorated (I will scrounge to see if I took any photos of how they turned out, but you get the idea)
SO this year, I have been researching my gifts in jars theme. And with the help of my Bellini Intelli Kitchen Master (I plan on blogging more about the BIKM in future) I have made up a list of things I think might fit the memo.
How am I going so far… any mouth’s watering yet? Would YOU like to be the recipient if someone gave you these hand made gifts?
I’ve started a Pinterest board