4 Adult Easter Baskets to Treat a Loved One (Or Yourself) This Year

You’re probably wondering, are adult easter baskets even a thing? I’m here to tell you that they absolutely are—or can be—because it’s 2021 and the sky’s the limit. If you’re in the mood to send some gifts, why not throw together a nice little basket o…

You’re probably wondering, are adult easter baskets even a thing? I’m here to tell you that they absolutely are—or can be—because it’s 2021 and the sky’s the limit. If you’re in the mood to send some gifts, why not throw together a nice little basket of treats for your friend, sibling, or significant other who has fond memories of Easter egg hunts? This can do double-duty in overriding their less-than-fond memories of some terrifying person in a bunny costume, too.

As with all gift baskets, the best adult Easter basket ideas revolve loosely around some kind of theme. Fancy candy (I mean, it is Easter, after all), lots of nostalgia, delicate home accessories, and a coterie of condiments are all decidedly adult, but no less exciting to open than the baskets you received as a child.

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11 Perfectly Packable Recipes to Give & Share This Holiday Season

Last year, we celebrated the holidays in the most festive way we could imagine: 31 cookie recipes from some of our favorite bakers. This year, amid the nostalgia and longing for gatherings past, we wanted to recall the very important thing we’ll still …

Last year, we celebrated the holidays in the most festive way we could imagine: 31 cookie recipes from some of our favorite bakers. This year, amid the nostalgia and longing for gatherings past, we wanted to recall the very important thing we’ll still have: our food traditions that’ll step in to offer us the sense of belonging we need. So we decided to have a bit of fun in 2020—because if anything, we have to grab joy where we can these days—calling in both sweet and savory treats from a group of cooks and bakers we love. (Don’t worry, though; you’ll find a few cookies in the mix as well.)

Here’s the best part: Every recipe, from brownie cookies to curry puffs and savory granola, is giftable, ready to be packed up and dropped off to doorsteps. All of them will even last a trip in the mail to loved ones further afield. So while we can’t gather the way we usually do, we can still partake in exchanging holiday treats.

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The 25 Coziest Gifts for Your Favorite Tea Lover

If you have a tea aficionado on your holiday list this year, we’ve got you covered. Gift options range from those extravagant things someone would likely never buy for themselves, to incredibly useful, everyday items that will make their daily cup (or …

If you have a tea aficionado on your holiday list this year, we’ve got you covered. Gift options range from those extravagant things someone would likely never buy for themselves, to incredibly useful, everyday items that will make their daily cup (or cups?) even more enjoyable.

Pair any of these items with a box of your giftee’s all-time favorite tea leaves or bags for a thoughtful gift they’ll appreciate—and use.

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How to Safely Mail Treats So They Arrive Fresh & Crumble-Free

Every year, at the start of December, my kitchen is transformed into a cookie making factory. I load up on butter, chocolate chips, nuts, vanilla extract, and a permanent fixture on the counter because I’m making dozens of batches each day. I do this b…

Every year, at the start of December, my kitchen is transformed into a cookie making factory. I load up on butter, chocolate chips, nuts, vanilla extract, and a permanent fixture on the counter because I’m making dozens of batches each day. I do this because I’m obsessed with cookies, and two, I make up tins for pretty much everyone I know. Teachers, friends, acquaintances, and even the mail and garbage man get a big ol’ tin of cookies as a way to tell them all how much they mean to me. It makes the end of the year pretty darn sweet, and I can’t imagine not doing it.

This year, I don’t have friends dropping by, I won’t be heading to the usual round of holiday parties, and I’m not really even meeting up for a friendly coffee. Hence, the opportunities to dole out my confections are limited. But that’s not stopping me. This year, I’m shipping far and wide so that no matter what, it still feels like the holidays. So, I stopped by my local post office to get the ins and outs of safely and effectively shipping baked goods because no one likes the way a cookie crumbles.

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Pumpkin Marshmallows

The shorter, colder days now mean that it’s hot chocolate season!! And that means – marshmallows. Since it’s also probably going to be a edible gift care package holiday for 2020, marshmallows are a great one to make. They last well in an airtight container and aren’t fragile so they work perfectly for mailing. Whilst I’ve done a few different types of marshmallow in the past, haven’t ever tried using a vegetable puree in the base. For these ones, I replaced the water in my usual marshmallow base with canned pumpkin puree and it worked like a dream! I spiced these up with cinnamon, ground ginger, nutmeg and clove for that cosy, Christmassy flavour. I use golden syrup & brown sugar in the syrup for extra flavour as I find if you just use white sugar & glucose syrup, you don’t get that slightly caramel-like edge to the marshmallows. For an even deeper flavour, you can also replace 1/4 of the golden syrup with treacle which boosts that molasses hit. (This recipe was made for a paid instagram collaboration with Lyle’s Golden Syrup & I’ve decided to share the recipe on here too)

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toasted pumpkin marshmallows on a tray

The shorter, colder days now mean that it’s hot chocolate season!! And that means – marshmallows. Since it’s also probably going to be a edible gift care package holiday for 2020, marshmallows are a great one to make. They last well in an airtight container and aren’t fragile so they work perfectly for mailing.

Whilst I’ve done a few different types of marshmallow in the past, haven’t ever tried using a vegetable puree in the base. For these ones, I replaced the water in my usual marshmallow base with canned pumpkin puree and it worked like a dream! I spiced these up with cinnamon, ground ginger, nutmeg and clove for that cosy, Christmassy flavour.

pumpkin marshmallows on a tray with jars of marshmallows behind

I use golden syrup & brown sugar in the syrup for extra flavour as I find if you just use white sugar & glucose syrup, you don’t get that slightly caramel-like edge to the marshmallows. For an even deeper flavour, you can also replace 1/4 of the golden syrup with treacle which boosts that molasses hit.

(This recipe was made for a paid instagram collaboration with Lyle’s Golden Syrup & I’ve decided to share the recipe on here too)

a mug of hot chocolate with pumpkin marshmallows

Pumpkin Marshmallows

Pumpkin Marshmallows

Yield: 36

Fluffy pumpkin spice marshmallows, a delicious edible gift & great for hot chocolate!

Ingredients

  • 125g granulated sugar
  • 125g dark brown sugar
  • 210g Lyle’s Golden Syrup
  • 100g water
  • Pinch of salt
  • 125g pumpkin puree
  • 1 tbsp + 2 tsp (15g) powdered gelatine
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • Icing sugar + Cornflour, for dusting

Instructions

  1. Grease an 8 x 8-inch square baking tin with vegetable oil
    and line with a sling of baking paper. Grease the baking paper with a layer of
    oil too then set aside.
  2. Combine the sugars, syrup, water and salt in a large pot and place on the stove over a medium heat. Leave to cook, stirring occasionally, until the mixture reaches 116°C. If it looks like it’s going to boil over at any point just reduce the heat and the bubbles should subside.
  3. Meanwhile, place the pumpkin puree into the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment fitted (or a large heatproof bowl if using a handheld electric whisk).  Sprinkle over the powdered gelatine and add all of the spices. Stir together to form a thick paste then set aside.
  4. Once the sugar mixture has reached 116°C, remove it from the heat. Start the stand mixer on a low speed (or start your electric beaters on the slowest setting) and slowly start to pour in the hot syrup, being careful to pour it down the side of the bowl rather than onto the whisk. Once all the syrup is in the bowl, increase the speed to high and whisk until very thick, pale and fluffy.
  5. Working quickly, pour and scrape the marshmallow mixture into the tin you prepared earlier, spreading it out into an even layer. Leave to set for at least 3 hours, or preferably overnight.
  6. To cut the marshmallows, combine equal volumes of cornflour and icing sugar in a small bowl. Dust the top of the marshmallows with this mixture using a sieve. Flip the marshmallows out onto a clean work surface (or a large piece of baking paper) and peel away the greased layer of baking paper from the underside. Dust with more of the cornflour mixture. Use a large, sharp knife to cut the marshmallows – brush the knife with vegetable oil and dust with cornflour mixture to help prevent the marshmallows from sticking to the knife.
  7. Roll each cut marshmallow in more cornflour mixture to ensure all sides are coated. You can toss the marshmallows, a few at a time, into a clean sieve and shake to remove excess cornflour coating. Store the marshmallows in an airtight container for up to 1 month.



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30 Gift Ideas for People Who Seem to Have Everything

Surely we all have at least one person in our lives that seems to have… absolutely everything. When they host a gathering, you realize they’ve procured the least-stuffy napkin rings in existence. When you mention a brand new ingenious kitchen tool, t…

Surely we all have at least one person in our lives that seems to have... absolutely everything. When they host a gathering, you realize they’ve procured the least-stuffy napkin rings in existence. When you mention a brand new ingenious kitchen tool, they’ve long been in the know. And they always have the most useful, expert recommendations for things to buy.

As joyful as it is to know this unique subset, coming up with something to gift them feels like a near-impossible task. The questions I usually run through when looking are: Is this something they’d pick out for themselves? Conversely, is this something they’d want but possibly not buy for themselves? And, would they really use this?

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13 Food Baskets We’d Love to Receive Right Now

In a time of social distancing and barely any travel, so many of us are missing gathering with family and friends. Since we can’t show up in person for birthdays and special occasions, sending thoughtful gifts is the next best way to celebrate.

It goe…

In a time of social distancing and barely any travel, so many of us are missing gathering with family and friends. Since we can’t show up in person for birthdays and special occasions, sending thoughtful gifts is the next best way to celebrate.

It goes without saying that the best gifts are food gifts, so we rounded up some of the most incredibly delicious food baskets and sets that your loved ones are bound to adore. Whether the recipient has a seriously sweet tooth, is obsessed with hot sauce, or has a soft spot for heirloom beans, we’ve found the perfect presents to brighten up their stay-at-home summer.

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16 Edible Mother’s Day Gifts Mom Will Love (Because They’re Homemade)

I don’t know about you, but my mom is nearly impossible to shop for. Every year, my sister and I desperately search for something practical or beautiful or trendy (or all three). But 10 times out of 10, my mom returns our gift. Or it sits, unused and c…

I don’t know about you, but my mom is nearly impossible to shop for. Every year, my sister and I desperately search for something practical or beautiful or trendy (or all three). But 10 times out of 10, my mom returns our gift. Or it sits, unused and collecting dust, in her closet.

I know gifts are not everyone’s love language. My mom prefers a thoughtful note or short phone call. But I have discovered one gift she always appreciates (and can’t return): something totally homemade. As a kid, this meant painted flower pots, personalized aprons, and very rhyme-y poetry. This year, I’m turning to from-scratch cookies, caramels, muffins, or bars.

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23 Food Gift Baskets for Everyone You Know

You may erroneously believe that food gift baskets are the sort of thing companies send to other companies, and people take all the “good stuff” before the rest can get to it. In reality, there are a ton of food gift sets and baskets that are useful, d…

You may erroneously believe that food gift baskets are the sort of thing companies send to other companies, and people take all the “good stuff” before the rest can get to it. In reality, there are a ton of food gift sets and baskets that are useful, delicious, cute, sustainable—you name it. The right type of food gift basket can serve as a hostess gift, a birthday treat, a stylish form of sustenance for new parents, a welcome-home present, and much more. Here are 23 pretty chic options.

1. BBQ Sauce Kit, $70

For grilling fans and pulled pork aficionados alike.

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How to Make Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

You’re feeling fancy, romancey. What better way to communicate this to your lover self than homemade chocolate-covered strawberries—to be enjoyed in the bath while Dolly Parton casually breaks into song?

Though covering anything in chocolate is truly …

You’re feeling fancy, romancey. What better way to communicate this to your lover self than homemade chocolate-covered strawberries—to be enjoyed in the bath while Dolly Parton casually breaks into song?

Though covering anything in chocolate is truly as simple as it is outwardly impressive, keeping the chocolate coating on just the berries (and not your counter, apron, cabinets) is actually kind of hard. Here are some tips and tricks to ensure your melt-dip-set doesn’t result in chocolate-covered everything.

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