Recipes

Homemade thank you gifts

So cheesy, and easy to make. Savoury little treats that make a perfect ‘Thank You’ gift.

Somehow or another we have made it to October! A month I love as it’s my birthday this month!, a change of season and a change of thought patterns as I pack away the summer clothing and paraphernalia and great ready for Autumn and, because I am trying to be an organised mama every year, I do invariably think about Christmas!

I never really understand how Christmas ‘creeps up’ on anyone because it’s a non changing calendar event every year non!? So I can try my hand at being Madam Organisé, I practise my homemade treats around now so I have weeks left to prime a recipe, or collect jam jars and obviously given it’s 2021, check none of the teachers are vegan which gives me time to reassess my recipe choices given dietary requirements.

These little biscuits are buttery, cheesy and moorish. I pack them up in a Bonne Maman jam jar as I like the lid, it’s already got Christmas colours so all I need to do is pop a homemade label tied with raffia, string, or if I find it, ribbon or fabric from charity shops, put a little note with the ingredients on and a cheery merry message on a card label that I’ve made from a cereal packet.

Recipe:

  • 80g wholemeal flour
  • 80g plain flour
  • 100g cold butter , chopped
  • 100g cheddar , finely grated
  • 1 small rosemary sprig , leaves finely chopped
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • STEP 1Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/ gas 4. Put the flours in a bowl and rub in the butter until it resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in the cheese and rosemary, then add the yolk and mix in using a fork. When the mix starts to clump together, use your hands to knead to a smooth dough.
  • STEP 2Take walnut-sized pieces of dough, roll into balls and place on one or 2 lined baking trays. Flatten slightly, then cut out with a Christmasy pastry cutter shape then bake for 12-14 mins. Cool on the baking sheet for a few mins before moving to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to a week. 

Eco Tip #1 buy the cheese from the deli counter and put in a Tupperware container. At time of writing this, Covid19 is still hot on the press so I couldn’t find a supermarket that was willing to do this, a Cheese Shop will oblige though but the cheese will be more expensive.

I hope this little idea helps. Teachers do such a wonderful job but for me personally, I feel uncomfortable with the big gifts that can get proposed by mums chats. Don’t get me wrong, I love celebrating how fabulous I think someone is, but understated and homemade works best for me in this instance.

ZWM x

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