My first memory of a baked gift was at junior school. I cannot remember the reasons why but I was not allowed to buy my teacher an end of year present and was instead told to bake her a cake. I remember feeling mortified as at the end of the school year all students used to get the teacher a gift, often it included mugs or some other ‘best teacher’ gimmick, everyone would sit around and watch the teacher open them. At an age when I just wanted to be like everyone else the thought of taking a cake in filled me with dread – a cake wasn’t a real present? Was it? To make matters worse my stepdad found a bowl of cold custard at the back of the fridge and insisted that be the filling of the cake. I went to school and spent the last day of term dreading the opening ceremony in the afternoon though turns out 8-year-old me really hadn’t worried as my teacher loved it! My Jam and custard Victoria sponge cake turned out to be her favourite present, there in became my love of home baked gifts.
Fast forward 24 years and I am renowned as the one who bakes at any opportunity for friends and family. Despite the pandemics best attempt at putting a stop to sharing bakes the postal service is still operating 😊 as such I have spent the last year posting cookies for celebrations throughout the year. I have yet to perfect the look of cookies but that’s the great thing about baked gifts – it really is the thought that counts!
I have listed below how to make and post bakes with your friends and family too:
- There are many recipes available online for biscuits and cookies. I was SO excited when biscuiteers launched their ice-olation challenges at the beginning of lockdown. Their recipes work perfectly every time and they have some great videos on how to ice cookies. I have put a link below for you so that you can check it out too. https://www.biscuiteers.com/iceolation-challenge
- Once you have baked and iced your cookies as per biscuiteers instruction place in the oven on the lowest setting for 30mins – It helps to set the icing hard so that it won’t get messy along its journey.
- I ordered some clear bags from amazon to package the cookies in. I have detailed a link below for these: Clear food bags
I also ordered some boxes which you fold up to assemble to post the cookies in. I have detailed a link below for the boxes I used: Large letter post boxes
Once you have the box assembled I line with a little tissue paper and then lay the cookies in their bags inside the box. I then add in a handwritten card and seal the box (I do add parcel tape around the edge to ensure that the box stays closed. As the box is not very deep the cookies do not move around in transit – none of mine have ever arrived broken (so far!).
- Once your box is packaged up be sure to write your recipients address on the front of the box and your return to sender address on the back of the box (trust me do this – once a box got lost in the post and I had to re-bake!) then take to your local post office and post off to your lucky recipient 😊
Home baked goodies make such great gifts because it shows you have put time and thought into it. In a world where we are surrounded by ‘stuff’ I find it refreshing that it is possible to have such a thoughtful gift and yet won’t clutter your home and promotes ‘enjoying the moment’. To be able to put the kettle on and enjoy a homemade treat is pure heaven in my eyes and you can share that experience with your friends even at a time when we must be physically apart.
I hope that you have found this useful. If you have any questions please do let us know, we would love to help.
Love and Crumbs, Kay x