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How to Make a Last-minute Christmas Hamper

You can make this homemade hamper in one day, on a budget.

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Homemade hampers are a wonderful way to show that you care over the festive period. However, creating a thoughtful gift in the middle of all of the Christmas chaos isn't easy.

But don't worry – we have your back. These simple recipes use every shortcut in the book to help you make a delicious and much-loved gift in the least amount of time possible. Just add a bottle of something fizzy and it'll be ready to go.

Cheesy Christmas Stars

These delicious savoury stars are a huge hit for hampers and parties.

Prep time10min
Cook time10min
Total time20min
Serves3

Ingredients

  • 2 rolls of puff pastry
  • 1 jar of chutney
  • 300g cheddar cheese
  • 1 egg
  • Seasoning (I used salt, pepper and paprika)

Instructions

  1. Prepare the pastry as instructed on the box. Once ready, spread a thick layer of chutney on one of the pastry sheets.
  2. Grate the cheddar cheese and then sprinkle 2/3 of the cheese across the pastry sheet.
  3. Lay the second pastry sheet on top of the first, sandwiching the cheese and chutney between the two.
  4. Lightly season the top pastry sheet.
  5. Use a cookie cutter to cut star shapes from the pastry (you can also cut into strips to make cheese straws, if you prefer).
  6. Line a baking tray with baking parchment or foil, and grease, before placing the pastry shapes on the tray.
  7. Brush with an egg wash and then sprinkle the remaining cheese over the shapes.
  8. Bake at 180C for 10 minutes, or until golden.

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Chocolate Covered Pretzels and Oreos

This one is great for making with kids as it requires absolutely no cooking!

Prep time50min
Total time50min
Serves3

Ingredients

  • 1 pack of Oreo biscuits
  • 1 bag of salted pretzels
  • 500g white chocolate
  • For decorating – mini marshmallows, milk chocolate and candy canes

Instructions

  1. Line a large baking tray with foil.
  2. Break the white chocolate in to chunks and heat until melted in the microwave or in a heat-proof bowl over a warm saucepan.
  3. Dip the Oreos and Pretzels in to the chocolate, making sure to completely cover them, then place them on the foil-lined tray.
  4. Decorate as you like - I chose mini marshmallows and milk chocolate drizzle for one, and crushed candy canes with a pink chocolate button for the other.
  5. Leave to cool in the fridge before packaging.

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Brownie Mince Pies

This chocolately twist on the classic mince pie recipe is a favourite with adults and kids.

Prep time15min
Cook time20min
Total time35min
Serves3

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet of ready-made shortcrust pastry
  • 1 pack of brownie mix (plus the ingredients required to make it - eggs, oil etc.)
  • 1 jar of mince pie filling
  • Icing sugar, for dusting

Instructions

  1. Prepare the pastry as instructed on the package and then use a biscuit cutter or stencil to cut rounds for your pastry cases. Keep the extra pastry.
  2. Insert the pastry cases into a greased cupcake tin (they should just reach the top of the tin but not spill over).
  3. Poke small holes in the bottom of each pastry case, and then bake at 180c for 10 mins until the pastry starts to turn golden. Remove from the oven.
  4. Prepare the brownie mix as instructed on the packet.
  5. Spoon a teaspoon of mince pie filing in to the bottom of each pastry case, followed by a tablespoon of the brownie mix (the case should be just about full).
  6. Using the spare pastry, cut shapes to top your mince pies with. Place on top of the brownie mix.
  7. Bake at 180c for 10 mins, or until the brownie mix starts to firm up.
  8. Remove from the oven and leave to cool before dusting with icing sugar.

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Easy Prosecco Strawberry Jam

Ideally you'd have time to make the jam from scratch, but we're working with a deadline here!

Cook time20min
Total time20min
Serves3

Ingredients

  • 3 jars of strawberry jam
  • 20ml Prosecco

Instructions

  1. Decant the jam in to the largest pan you have.
  2. Add the Prosecco to the jam.
  3. Bring to a rolling boil and leave at this heat for at least 5 minutes, and until the jam reaches the 'setting point' and starts to thicken (105c if you have a sugar thermometer).
  4. ladle back in to the jars while still warm, and seal.

Recipe Notes

Bourbon Marmalade can be made the same way - just add one shot of Bourbon per jar of marmalade.

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Rocky Road Bites

You can make these with milk chocolate or white chocolate and add any chocolate or sweet decorations you like!

Prep time1h 30min
Total time1h 30min
Serves3

Ingredients

  • 500g digestive biscuits
  • 5 tbsp golden syrup
  • 200g unsalted butter
  • 200g cooking chocolate (milk)
  • 50g mini marshmallows
  • 200g chocolate for decorating
  • Decorations (mini marshmallows, crushed candy canes, sprinkles etc.)

Instructions

  1. Crush the biscuits until there are no chunks left.
  2. Melt the butter and the cooking chocolate and add to the biscuits, coating the mixture well.
  3. Add the golden syrup and 50g of mini marshmallows.
  4. Press the mixture in to a lined baking tray.
  5. Melt the decorating chocolate (I used white chocolate for mine). Spread smoothly over the mixture, making sure to cover the entire base.
  6. Add your decorations - mini marshmallows and crushed candy canes look especially Christmassy.
  7. Leave to cool in the fridge for at least an hour, but ideally overnight.
  8. Cut in to pieces and enjoy!

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Comments (1)

  • Has anyone attempted to build a gift hamper, I wonder, and just kept it all for themselves, pretty basket included.

      1 year ago
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