It’s almost father’s day, time to start thinking of what you want to give your favorite man this year. Here are five ideas for homemade edible gifts for your Dad:

1. Gift basket – this one is easy, all you need is a little bit of creative inspiration, you can buy the basket, or anything else to put the gifts into, and all the different types of food to go in the package, according to Dad’s tastes. Just Google “gift baskets” for many, many ideas and inspiration!

2. Homemade cookies are always a great idea! Find a nice way to package, for example a big cookie tin. I recommend visiting recipezaar.com to find some interesting cookie recipes. Chocolate chip, peanut butter and ginger are always favorites!

3. One of my personal favorites – try making some roasted garlic and onion jam. This jam will go with everything from breakfast to dinner! Here’s the recipe that I use:

You will need a glass jar to put the finished jam in. It will take about 11/2 hours to make.

3 large onions (I use whatever I have)

2 heads garlic, roasted

2 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons brown sugar

4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar Squeeze roasted garlic cloves into a plate. Set aside.

Cut onions in half lengthwise; peel. cut into 1/4 inch thick pieces.

Oil your pan and set over med. heat. Add onions and cover.

Cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and clear, about 15 min.

Add sugars; recover and cook till onions are golden brown, 20-30 min.

Add 1/4 cup water and stir.

Cover and cook till dark brown, about 20-30 min, again.

Add balsamic vinegar, roasted cloves and another 1/4 cup of water, continue cooking till liquid has been absorbed, about 10 min.

Transfer to a bowl to cool.

Store in airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

4. Flavored oils make a lovely gift. Here is a link to cheftalk.com, where you can find instructions on how to make them.

5. This would have to be chocolate – another favorite. You could buy something, but for that extra special gift, why not try making your Dad some truffles? You can find some truffle recipes here, on about.com.

By Andi




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