For neighbors and co-workers, I usually gift plates of homemade cookies and candy. I Love to cook and bake around this time of year, so it seems like a good idea to share the goodness. Here’s the thing though, I haven’t got my act together to get the baking done yet this year! That’s right, with just 11 days until Christmas, there’s been NO baking yet! YIKES! I better get busy! I’ve got a back-up plan though….Mixes! That’s right, let the recipient do the cooking or baking. The concept is simple too. Pack the dry ingredients of your favorite recipe (breads, cakes, drink mixes, cookies, soups, seasonings….) into either a Mason jar or zippered sealing bag. Add a recipe card with the remaining ingredients and directions for mixing and baking/cooking. Add some festive touches to the jar or packaging (I sewed up a simple bag from some cute Christmas fabric to put the zippered sealing bag into) and BOOM! Your gift is done!
You can find LOTS of recipes for mixes on Pinterest. If you’re really short on time, you could also pick up some store-bought mixes and dump them into a jar/bag….maybe even adding some dried fruit or candies to the mix….it’s a thought….
Here’s the Beer Bread Recipe I plan on mixing up for gifts…
- 2-1/2 cups Self-rising flour
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
(you could substitute other seasonings for the garlic powder and Italian seasoning if you wanted….Pumpkin pie spice anyone?)
- Mix ingredients together and put in a 1 quart Mason jar or zippered sealing bag.
- 12 oz. bottle of beer or club soda (I plan on including a bottle of a Holiday-type of beer)
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- Preheat oven to 375F.
- Lightly grease a 9×5 loaf pan (not sure your recipient has a loaf pan, you could possible include this as part of the gift….)
- Place Beer Bread mix into a large mixing bowl.
- Pour the 12 oz. of beer over dry ingredients (if your recipient would rather drink the beer, they could substitute the club soda for the beer).
- Mix until just moistened.
- Transfer to your prepared pan. Pour melted butter over the bread mix.
- Bake 45 to 55 minutes in the preheated oven or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
There you have it…still plenty of time for gifts from your kitchen! 😉