Welcome to the 12 DIYs of Christmas! Today is the 6th December which means I am sharing my 6th Christmas DIY with you.
Christmas can be a seriously expensive time of year and so I will be sharing DIY Christmas gift ideas as well as some thrifty decor ideas to help you to stay on budget this December.
On the 6th DIY of Christmas Thrifty Londoner sent to me…
A GINGERBREAD FUDGE RECIPE
If you’re putting together a food hamper for a loved one, it can be hard to keep track of the cost and stay within your budget. By adding homemade treats to your hamper, you will be sure to make a saving or two and keep your Christmas thrifty- not to mention the fact that it makes you look like the next Mary Berry.
This fudge recipe is not only thrifty, but it is super quick to make- you can make a batch like this in less than 10 minutes, and then pop it in the fridge to set. Once you make it once, you’ll be making it for everyone this Christmas!
This recipe is adapted from one I found online from Sweet 2 Eat Baking. I adapted the quantities very slightly to suit the ingredients I had in the cupboards and the amount of fudge I wanted to make.
The quantities below make about 15 squares of fudge which is more than enough for one hamper, if you want to make more, just double the quantity.
- 6oz of chopped white chocolate (I used white chocolate buttons)
- 6 tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk
- 2 teaspoons of ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
- Hundreds and thousands
- Mix the condensed milk and chopped white chocolate in a microwaveable bowl. Heat for 2 minutes on a low heat- keep checking it to make sure that it doesn’t burn. The white chocolate should be almost melted.
- Stir until the ingredients are totally blended and smooth. Once the mixture is smooth, blend in the spices straight away whilst it is still warm.
- Line a square or rectangular tub or tray with foil and add the mixture.
- Even out the top of the mixture and then quickly sprinkle the hundreds and thousands on top and press them into the fudge slightly with the back of a spoon.
- Put the tray into the fridge to allow the fudge to set.
- Once set, cut into cubes, peel away the foil and then store in an airtight container.
Tip: Instead of using hundreds and thousands for the topping, you could melt some more white chocolate and drizzle this over the top of the fudge. If you’re looking for a seriously professional looking finish, you could even coat them in milk chocolate and then decorate the squares with piped white chocolate.
When packaging the fudge for a Christmas hamper, you could pack them into a small festive airtight tin, with some cellophane wrapping and ribbon. Why not add a cute recipe card so that the recipient can recreate the fudge recipe themselves?
Check out the rest of the 12 DIYs of Christmas here:
Day 1: a hand embroidered tee
Day 3: upcycle a photo frame
Day 4: how to make a pomander
Day 5: how to make felt baubles
Day 6: gingerbread fudge recipe
Day 9: a potted seedling gift
Day 10: make your own Santa sack
Day 11: a handmade wreath
Day 12: a pom pom garland