My list of homemade foodgifts is more or less like the story of the fuitcake: the same one appearsevery year and it just stays there, untouched. Or the new year resolutions list. Which Idon’t make anymore; haven’t for years.
We are having a homemadegift giving party around our Sunday Supper table today, hosted by the wonderfulSusan. Are you ready for the amazing gifts from our kitchens we have made fortoday?
Homemade gifts, especiallyif you love to bake like me, sound like an obvious choice, not to mention the factthat many of your friends are expecting you show up with bags and boxes ofwhatever you decided to make, things that will never be made in their ownkitchens, that is unless they invite you and demand you bake for them.
But, there’s always a but regardingholiday gifts, there were two years, yes yes, not one but two, when I didactually made this kind of gifts, bought jars and boxes, and spent a few daysbaking and writing cute notes, tying ribbons, wrapping cookies. It is rewardinglike no other gift. So why don’t I do it more often? If I knew the answer tothat my life would be noticeably better. I think. But let’s not think too muchabout it and feel frustrated.
Anyway, this was one sauceI made that first time I ever gave homemade gifts. It was a big hit. And aftermaking it a few times I understood why. First, it’s different. Second, it’sincredibly versatile. Third, it can be made year round, with fresh or cannedfruit. Fourth, it tastes wonderful. Fifth, it comes together in no time withminimal work. And I can go on.
Most sauces are chocolateor caramel, which are obviously a no-brainer to give. So this sauce is a greatalternative, with it’s gorgeous color and interesting flavour.
It can be poured over icecream, slathered on toast, swirled into a cheesecake before baking, used with chicken or pork to add sweetness toa dish, used in any crumb bar recipe instead of the traditional jam like theseshortbread squares. And I’m sure you’ll findmany other uses for it.
And thanks to this post, someone is going to get an early holiday gift, which obviously is this apricot pineapple rum sauce. But prettily embellished with a ribbon.
APRICOT PINEAPPLE SAUCE
barely adapted from The Joy of Cooking, by Irma and Marion RombauerNote: For sterilizing jars and any other question about canning go to this page.
1 ½ cups apricots
1 cup water
3 cups chopped pineapple
1 ¼ cups sugar
5 Tbs rum
Cook apricots and water in a saucepan over low heatuntil fruit is very tender, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a food processor (oruse an immersion blender directly in the saucepan) and add pineapple. Process afew times until mixture is a bit chunky.
Return to saucepan, add sugar and rum and cook overlow heat until it thickens a bit.
Transfer to sterilized jars. Keep refrigerated.
Here’s the amazing selection ofbreads, drinks, condiments, snacks, and desserts that we made. From ourkitchens to yours.
§ PumpkinBiscoff Bread – Dinners,Dishes, and Dessert
§ All-in-OneBeer Bread Kit – girlichef
§ BananaCoconut Coffee Cake with Macadamia Nut Streusel – TheLovely Pantry
§ Pancake MixWith Apple Cider Syrup and Candied Walnuts – Tora’sReal Food
§ Cranberry Hootycreeks – Baker Street
§ Apple Butter– HezziD’s Books and Cooks
§ Herb Vinegars– Cindy’sRecipes and Writings
§ Harissa – The Wimpy Vegetarian
§ HomemadeVanilla Extract – Flouron my Face
§ HomemadeCherry Extract – Cravingsof a Lunatic
§ NutellaPowder – IRun For Wine
§ ApricotPineapple Rum Sauce – VintageKitchen Notes
§ SpicedCranberry Apricot Almond Chutney – Sue’sNutrition Buzz
§ Pumpkin Butter – Family Foodie
§ A Soup ForYou – Momma’sMeals
§ Maple NutGranola – Girlin the Little Red Kitchen
§ Sweet andSpicy Curried Nuts – Soni’sFood for Thought
§ Sweet andSpicy Pecans – SupperFor a Steal
§ Maple PumpkinSpice Granola Bars – Cupcakesand Kale Chips
§ Orange SpicedChickpeas – HomeCooking Memories
§ Turtle Pretzels – The Messy Baker
§ Rocky Road Candy – Magnolia Days
§ Dairyfree Vegan Caramels – Galactosemia in PDX
§ Peanut ButterCookies in a Jar – Mama’sBlissful Bites
§ MonsterCookie Mix in a Jar – WhatSmells So Good?
§ ChocolateChip Cookie Biscotti – MealPlanning Magic
§ SnickerdoodleSnack Mix – Pippi’sin the Kitchen Again
§ PeppermintStick Cookie Truffles – TheWeekend Gourmet
§ NutellaTruffles – SmallWallet Big Appetite
§ PeanutCajetas (Peanut Fudge) – Basicand Delicious
§ Cookie Cutter Fudge – Chocolate Moosey
§ Pumpkin Roll – Shockingly Delicious
§ HomemadeChocolates – MyTrials in the Kitchen
§ Hot Chocolateon a Stick – Juanita’sCocina
§ ChocolateToffee “Crack” – Rufflesand Truffles
§ Holiday TreeCake – Noshingwith the Nolands
§ SaltedCaramel Cookies – MamaMommy Mom
§ Fruit and NutCookies – Inthe Kitchen with Audrey
§ HolidaySpiced Mocha – DailyDish Recipes
§ HomemadePeppermint Mocha Mix – Inthe Kitchen with KP
§ HomemadeKahlua – ThatSkinny Chick Can Bake
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