How to Make a Last-minute Christmas Hamper
You can make this homemade hamper in one day, on a budget.
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.
- 2 rolls of puff pastry
- 1 jar of chutney
- 300g cheddar cheese
- 1 egg
- Seasoning (I used salt, pepper and paprika)
- Prepare the pastry as instructed on the box. Once ready, spread a thick layer of chutney on one of the pastry sheets.
- Grate the cheddar cheese and then sprinkle 2/3 of the cheese across the pastry sheet.
- Lay the second pastry sheet on top of the first, sandwiching the cheese and chutney between the two.
- Lightly season the top pastry sheet.
- Use a cookie cutter to cut star shapes from the pastry (you can also cut into strips to make cheese straws, if you prefer).
- Line a baking tray with baking parchment or foil, and grease, before placing the pastry shapes on the tray.
- Brush with an egg wash and then sprinkle the remaining cheese over the shapes.
- Bake at 180C for 10 minutes, or until golden.
- 1 pack of Oreo biscuits
- 1 bag of salted pretzels
- 500g white chocolate
- For decorating – mini marshmallows, milk chocolate and candy canes
- Line a large baking tray with foil.
- Break the white chocolate in to chunks and heat until melted in the microwave or in a heat-proof bowl over a warm saucepan.
- Dip the Oreos and Pretzels in to the chocolate, making sure to completely cover them, then place them on the foil-lined tray.
- 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.
- Leave to cool in the fridge before packaging.
- 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
- 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.
- Insert the pastry cases into a greased cupcake tin (they should just reach the top of the tin but not spill over).
- 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.
- Prepare the brownie mix as instructed on the packet.
- 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).
- Using the spare pastry, cut shapes to top your mince pies with. Place on top of the brownie mix.
- Bake at 180c for 10 mins, or until the brownie mix starts to firm up.
- Remove from the oven and leave to cool before dusting with icing sugar.
- 3 jars of strawberry jam
- 20ml Prosecco
- Decant the jam in to the largest pan you have.
- Add the Prosecco to the jam.
- 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).
- ladle back in to the jars while still warm, and seal.
Bourbon Marmalade can be made the same way - just add one shot of Bourbon per jar of marmalade.
- 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.)
- Crush the biscuits until there are no chunks left.
- Melt the butter and the cooking chocolate and add to the biscuits, coating the mixture well.
- Add the golden syrup and 50g of mini marshmallows.
- Press the mixture in to a lined baking tray.
- Melt the decorating chocolate (I used white chocolate for mine). Spread smoothly over the mixture, making sure to cover the entire base.
- Add your decorations - mini marshmallows and crushed candy canes look especially Christmassy.
- Leave to cool in the fridge for at least an hour, but ideally overnight.
- Cut in to pieces and enjoy!