Give the gift of homemade goodies this year. With easy food gift ideas -- a cute bow here and some snazzy paper there -- your packages will arrive in style.
To showcase a coffee cake, set the baked and cooled coffee cake on a white cardboard bakery round. Set the round on a sheet of clear vellum gift wrap. Cut an X in the center of the bottom of a paper bake cup. Pull the vellum up around the coffee cake. Slide the bake cup over the gathered vellum, sliding it down until it is just above the cake. Tie a ribbon around the vellum, just above the bake cup.
For an easy way to dress up sweet rolls, bake them in a disposable foil pan with a lid. Wrap the bottom half of the cooled pan with fabric; pin, tape, or glue fabric in place. Add a holiday gift tag with the recipe name and glue on a matching bow.
To share your favorite spreads, immediately after cooking, pour hot Lemon Curd or Strawberry-Kiwi Jam into sterilized half-pint canning jars. If desired, process Strawberry-Kiwi Jam as directed in recipe. For Lemon Curd, place the round lid on top of the jar; store in the refrigerator. Meanwhile, cut squares of gingham or plaid fabrics and set them on top of the jar lids. Screw the jar rings over tops of the fabric. If desired, add a sticker label to the back that reminds recipients that they must store the Lemon Curd in the refrigerator (it will last for up to 1 week).
To give the gift of quick bread, wrap cooled, freshly baked bread in plastic wrap; wrap parchment paper around the center of the loaf. Tie three festive ribbons around the center of the parchment to hold it in place. Tuck a holiday tag underneath one of the ribbons.
Bring biscuits to the party in this cute gift bag. To make, cut a piece of scrapbooking paper the width of a gallon-size resealable plastic bag, cutting paper to cover the resealable top portion of the bag on both sides. Fold the paper in half. Add one layer of biscuits to the bag; seal the bag. Add double-stick tape to the back side of the paper on each side of the fold; attach it to the bag. Tie a large festive ribbon around the bottom third of the bag. Note: For square biscuits, pat or roll dough from each recipe into a square that is 3/4 inch thick. Cut dough into 9 squares. Bake as directed.
To share scones during the holidays, place single scone wedges in disposable pastry bags (available at crafts stores in the cake decorating department). Tie twine around the point of the bag and attach a tag with the twine. Cut off the end of the point on the bag. Fold the back end of the bag to the underside of the package; secure with tape.