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DIY food gifts you can make this holiday season

DIY food gifts you can make this holiday season

Do you get stressed out every year when you  look at the amount of gifts you want to buy? I do. Of course you can start crossing names off of your list, but there are some people who we just want to show a little appreciation, but just cant fit them into the budget.  

If this sounds like you, then I have a few homemade food gift ideas that you can give this season that won't bust the budget.

Cranberry Lime Salsa

Cranberry Lime Salsa

This cranberry lime salsa is perfect for holiday entertaining during this time of year when cranberries are abundant and on sale.

You can make appetizers by topping toasted french bread pieces with cream cheese and the cranberry salsa. You can also use the salsa inside a cranberry turkey wrap or even mix it with sour cream or cream cheese and use it as a dip for pita chips.

Easy No-Knead White Bread

Easy No-Knead White Bread

This is a very easy white bread recipe. You probably have all of the ingredients in your pantry right now. If you are just now starting to bake bread at home, this is the best white bread recipe to start with.

The no knead bread craze is still going on and its even what got me started baking my own bread at home. This recipe is different than the one you will find in Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a day because this dough is actually a batter. It rises relatively quickly and can be refrigerated if you don't want to bake it right away. WHITE BATTER BREAD-an easy white bread recipe

How to Make Homemade Pancakes from Scratch with Buttermilk Video Recipe

Homemade Pancakes When homemade pancakes are the topic of conversation, there are usually two camps.  Half of us fall into the thin, flat and crispy around the edges camp,  and the other half fall into the thick and fluffy camp.

For as long as I can remember, I've liked my pancakes relatively thin.  But I may be converting.  These homemade pancakes are made with buttermilk and remind me of pancakes I've eaten at a house that serves pancakesSmile.  They are thick and perfect for soaking up syrup too.

This homemade pancake recipe is also perfect for making a double batch and freezing them.  You can pop them in the toaster or microwave and have a filling breakfast even on those rushed mornings.  Check out the video recipe below.

 

Homemade Pancakes with Buttermilk

Ingredients:

3 Eggs

1 Tbsp Brown Sugar

1 cup  Flour

1 Tbsp Baking Powder

1/2 tsp Salt

2/3 cup Buttermilk

2 Tbsp  Oil

Directions:

The first thing you want to do is preheat your griddle or pan.  You want a medium low heat.  If the pan is too hot your pancakes will burn before they've had a chance to cook through.

In a medium mixing bowl, beat the eggs with the brown sugar until light.  Make sure any lumps of brown sugar are adequately broken up.

Mix the dry ingredients together and add them to the egg mixture.  Add the buttermilk and oil and stir just until combined.  The batter will still be slightly lumpy.  Don't overmix or the pancakes will be tough.

Pour about 1/4 cup of batter in the pan or griddle for each pancake.  Cook until he surface is dotted with tiny bubbles, then flip with a spatula and cook on the other side until light brown and cooked through.

How to Pack the Homemade Pancakes For Freezing

Cool cooked pancakes on a wire rack.   Place pancakes in an airtight container or freezer bag with waxed paper in between each pancake.  You can also wrap them individually using foil or sandwich bags.

To Reheat Homemade Pancakes

Remove pancakes from the freezer and unwrap.  Place them in a toaster on the low setting until heated through.  You can also reheat the pancakes in the microwave for 30-60 seconds depending on your microwave.