For the foodie in your life: 6 tasty edible gifts to give this Christmas

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Deluxe Muesli and Easy Fruit Cake
Deluxe Muesli and Easy Fruit Cake

Nothing says you care more than a gift you’ve made yourself, and if they’re edible even better! Create memorable pressies with the help of these six yummy recipes – from Ginger Date Balls  to Mealie Bread. Get creative and use recycled containers as packaging.

Ginger Date Balls

Ginger date balls
Ginger date balls

The addition of ginger takes these date balls to the next level. They’re delicious with tea or as a sweet treat after a meal. Package them prettily in an attractive box or a glass jar. 

TIP Dip the date balls in icing sugar or chocolate.

Deluxe Muesli

Deluxe muesli
Deluxe muesli

A large coffee or jam jar with an airtight lid or a pretty tin makes the perfect packaging for this breakfast treat. 

TIP Put some yoghurt in a jar or bowl; arrange fresh fruit such as pineapple, strawberries and banana on top; then sprinkle a generous handful of the granola over. Top with honey (optional).

Easy Fruitcake

Easy Fruitcake
Easy Fruitcake

Takeaway containers can be perfect little cake tins. Serve this fruitcake with dessert wine or sherry.

TIP Pour a tot of brandy over the cake every week to keep it moist.

Seed Crackers with Hummus

Seed crackers with hummus
Seed crackers with hummus

These crackers, hummus and olives are a great cheese platter accompaniment.

TIP Put the hummus in a pretty bowl and sprinkle more olive oil over. Serve with the crackers and olives, as well as a few cheeses of your choice (optional).

Asian Salad and Almond Brittle

Asian salad and almond brittle
Asian salad and almond brittle

The almond brittle perfectly complements this dressing’s Asian flavours. Pour the dressing into any pretty bottle as a gift and put the brittle in a netting bag – the kind you buy whole garlic in – or in a cellophane or paper bag.

TIP For a more substantial meal, you can add Chinese egg noodles.

Mealie Bread

Mealie bread
Mealie bread

Combine the dry ingredients for a basic bread recipe and package the mixture in a recycled flour bag. Gift it along with the baking instructions. You can even include an aluminium or enamel bowl in which the bread can be baked, as well as a can of whole kernel corn.

TIP If gifting, put the premix in a flour bag tied with string or ribbon.

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