Each of the bloggers in the collaboration is sharing a Christmas related post. Yesterday's was dorothy nada with some great gift-wrapping ideas (I'm a big fan of brown paper for gift wrapping so love her inspiration) - and the full list of blogs is at the bottom of this post so you can check them all out.
Secondly, you should know that although I occasionally venture into the territory of things that are weirdly complex, most of the time I am focused on getting maximum deliciousness for minimum effort. This rocky road is a prime example: very easy to throw together but will have the recipients raving for months to come.
The recipe is pretty mammoth, but it will make eight generous gifts for all those wonderful people who deserve to be celebrated at this time of year. Don't let the pictures fool you; these are pretty decent wedges of chocolatey goodness, weighing in at around 250g each. If you want to scale it back you can cut the recipe in half and use a 24cm cake tin to make smaller trees - you might want to use mini M&Ms if you go that way but otherwise the method will remain unchanged.
It's also very flexible - the quantities I've given work well but if you happen to have a little more or less of a given element it's all good. And if you want to put jubes in instead of Turkish delight, or change out the nuts that's sweet too. Options galore!
Assuming we manage to restrain ourselves from eating them ourselves, some of these will be winging their way to daycare teachers, a couple to neighbours, and the remaining couple I'll hold aside as just-in-case gifts, because there's always someone I've forgotten.
If you're not a rocky road fan (if that's a thing - is it a thing?) I have a few other edible gift options here that might tickle your fancy:
- Tim Tam truffles - always a crowd-pleaser, and can be kept simple or made into pretty bouquets
- Lime shortbread - a zesty take on a festive classic, with sparkly sugar edges
- Salted caramel sauce - this stuff is highly addictive, so it's safer to give it away ;-)
- Almond, orange and chocolate biscotti - very Christmassy and lasts for ages
- Cherry chocolate meringues - a big package of these would look (and taste) amazing
Will you be baking for gifts this year? What are you planning to make? And who's on your thank-you gift list?
The 12 Days of Christmas Kiwi Mummy Bloggers Collaboration
Day 1 (1st December) – Teacher by trade, Mother by nature
Day 2 (2nd December) – Mummy Do It
Day 3 (3rd December) – Sweet Mama M
Day 4 (4th December) – Lisasaurus
Day 5 (5th December) – Girl on a Mission
Day 6 (6th December) – Misses Mac
Day 7 (7th December) – Always Made With Love
Day 8 (8th December) – Dorothy Nada
Day 9 (9th December) – Mrs Cake
Day 10 (10th December) – Nesting in the Country
Day 11 (11th December) – Outdoorsy NZ
Day 12 (12th December) – A Kiwi Mumma