Need some handmade holiday gift ideas?
The Spokesman-Review Food section has compiled a few recipes from its archives that might work. They are: biscotti, marshmallows, madeleines and amaretto. Find links in the list below.
- Once-bitten, twice-baked, dry and highly dunk-able, biscotti are often difficult to put down, especially when paired with espresso.
- Homemade marshmallows are fresher – and somehow sweeter, fluffier and more delicate – than the mass-produced variety. And once you’ve mastered melting and whipping the sugar – it’s not difficult, only time consuming – the candy offers a kind of blank slate for whatever creative flavor combinations you can dream up.
- Madeleines are baby sponge cakes – buttery, light and gone in two or three bites. The golden, seashell-shaped, cookie-sized treats feature a crisp, delicate crust; plump, dome-shaped underbelly; and moist, tender interior.
- This recipe promises the amaretto gets better with age.
Have a favorite DIY holiday gift recipe? Be sure to share it with Spokesman-Review Food editor Adriana Janovich.
Write to: Adriana Janovich, Features Department, The Spokesman-Review, P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210.
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