Introduction

Introduction

By
April Carter
Contains
0 recipes
Published by
Hardie Grant Books
ISBN
9781742706344
Photographer
Danielle Wood

One of my favourite things about baking is getting to share what I’ve made. Whether it’s a gift to say thank you, a way of celebrating happy news or something sweet to cheer up a friend, thoughtful, beautifully presented treats that taste as good as they look have a way of making people feel happy. Of course, you also get to sample lots of different recipes without the temptation of eating the whole batch yourself!

Most of us don’t have time to spend hours in the kitchen, so with that in mind you’ll find plenty of simple and quick recipes in this book that don’t use too many different ingredients. The white chocolate and pistachio popcorn recipe can be put together just before you go out, gingerbread bats can be baked in advance and decorated later, and the pomegranate and vanilla vodka can be made a couple of weeks ahead. Everyone appreciates the time that goes into making something lovely at home, even if it’s just an hour squeezed in at the weekend or a late-night baking session after work.

Make your treats even more thoughtful by customising what you make – swap the dark chocolate in the chocolate chip cookies for white chocolate, up the chilli powder in the smoked paprika almonds, or choose a favourite colour for the dipped and decorated marshmallows.

After all of your effort in the kitchen, it’s really fun to show off your treats with beautiful packaging and presentation. I always think that simple is best when it comes to food packaging and that you don’t need anything too fussy or expensive. I keep a good supply of baker’s twine in three different colours, some baking paper, medium-sized cellophane bags and some deli-style paper bags for keeping things flat. As well as the ‘How to style your treats’ information, you’ll find lots of tips for packaging and styling your gifts with each recipe.

Most of all, have fun baking, making and sharing, and remember to keep a few treats for yourself as well.

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