Our favourite food gifts to make at home, Food gift recipes and ideas that are easy to make at home but make thoughtful edible gifts that don't cost a lot, including homemade toffee and fudge, honeycomb and caramels.
The idea for this bread and butter pudding with marmalade and chocolate from How To Eat Outside was conceived at the end of a week of camping when Genevieve Taylor was left with a collection of slightly sad-looking leftover bits of this and that – stale and on-the-turn ingredients in need of a good home, and what a home it turned out to be! A foil-lined springform cake tin placed inside a Dutch oven is the best way to cook this recipe.
A chewy salted caramel is poured over roasted pecans then topped with a thin layer of rich chocolate. These are what you make when you love someone. It's the gourmet version of Turtles, and an awesome copycat of Purdy's Sweet Georgia Browns.
White chocolate is a bit of a bête noire for many serious food lovers, the Big Mac of confectionery, and this fashionable urge to hate the stuff may partly explain my fondness for it. It combines milk, sugar and cocoa butter in proportions that only your inner child could love, but when used in cooking, where its flavours and physical properties enhance the dish, it becomes a handy ingredient.