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Edible Gifts Recipes – Biscotti; Mince Pies; Florentines; Truffles;

Edible Gifts Recipes

Our cookery classes are as much about learning to cook as they are a sociable experience. We hope you enjoyed your day and are ready to recreate the bakes at home.

We Baked:

  • Biscotti
  • Mince Pies
  • Florentines
  • Chocolate Truffles



  • 110g plain flour
  • 110g sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 zest of lemon
  • 7 basil leaves
  • 90g mixes nuts/cranberries
  • 1 tsb baking powder


  1. Mix all ingredients together and combine the egg
  2. Roll into a sausage shape
  3. Bake 200`c 15 mins
  4. Should look brown, flat and feel firm
  5. You can slice and return to the oven if you prefer a harder biscuit
  6. Can keep up to 6 weeks in an air tight container

Mince Pies


For Sweet Pastry

  • 125g butter
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 1 egg – whole- beaten
  • 175g plain flour

For Filling

  • 1 jar sweet mincemeat
  • Icing sugar to dust


  1. Lightly cream sugar / butter
  2. Add the egg
  3. Add the flour and knead to a paste (do not over work)
  4. Chill for 10 mins
  6. Roll pastry approx. Thickness of £1 coin
  7. Cut rounds to fit well greased muffin tin
  8. Large spoon of sweet mince meat into each pastry round
  9. Place smaller pastry round as a lid
  10. Crimp, poke a small hole in the top of pastry lid
  12. Bake for approx. 12 mins
  13. Remove from tin whilst hot
  15. *general rule of thumb, pastry is usually baked around 180`c – 200`c for approx 12 – 15 mins to blind bake or approx 25-30 mins thoroughly bake.



  • 50g butter
  • 50g syrup
  • 50g demerara sugar
  • 50g plain flour
  • 25g glace cherries
  • 25g flaked almonds
  • 25g pecans or any nut
  • 25g mixed peel


  1. Melt butter, sugar & syrup in a pan
  2. Stir in flour
  3. Stir in dried ingredients
  4. Place small spoonful of mixture onto baking tray (it will flow)
  5. Bake for 8-10 mins
  6. They will spread and start to bubble
  7. Keep the shape by using the side of a knife
  8. Remove from oven and allow to cool
  9. Dip into melted chocolate and make a comb pattern with a fork

Chocolate Truffles


  • 90g whipping cream
  • 250g milk chocolate


  1. Pour melted chocolate onto cold cream and stir briskly until paste is formed
  2. Pipe instantly into small balls, leave to set approx. 15 mins
  3. Pick up and roll into balls (you will get covered in chocolate!)
  4. Dip each truffle into melted chocolate and leave to set
  5. Top the coated truffle with a small blob of white chocolate and top with sugar holly leaf
  6. Eat within 3 days

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