Home-made foody gifts always go down well at Christmas, especially for those hard-to-buy-for people we all have on our Christmas list. I always make pots of lemon curd for friends and family and end up with loads of unused egg whites. So I’ve started making mini meringues. So sweet and yummy they are totally worth cracking an egg for themselves!
Mini Chocolate Swirl Meringues
50g/2oz good quality dark chocolate, grated or finely chopped
2 tsp cocoa, sieved
Preheat the oven to 140C/275F/Gas 1.
Line two baking trays with baking parchment.
In a clean, dry bowl whisk the egg whites until soft peaks form.
Gradually whisk in the sugar until stiff peaks form and the mixture looks glossy.
Stir together the chocolate and cocoa and fold gently into the meringue to create a swirling effect.
Spoon small spoonfulls of the mixture onto the prepared trays allowing space for them to expand. You could also use a piping bag.
Cook for 30-40 minutes. Turn oven off but leave meringues inside where they will continue to dry out. Allow to cool completely.
To decorate, melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of gently simmering water.
Stored in an airtight container these beauties will last for weeks making them a perfect make-ahead gift. And they freeze really well too, and defrost in an instant, so a handy stash in the freezer may prove useful during the busy festivities. You can package these meringues up in all sorts of cute ways for small gifts, or make them part of a food hamper. There are lots of ideas on our Pinterest Packaging board.
A Christmas wreath brightens up your front door and welcomes guests during the festive season. One alternative to a fresh seasonal wreath is a wrapped yarn wreath. I love making them because you can really let your imagination run wild. I buy a few wreath forms and then challenge myself to make completely different designs. If you use pins and not glue, you can even change the design every year to suit your mood or the latest fashion whim.
For another spin on a Christmas Wreath have a look at this great DIY on Find And Craft. So many awesome ideas, too few doors!
We’ve hit the big 100th blogger. I’m so proud of our fantastic group of bloggers, but sad that I won’t get to spend part of my day looking through the imaginative DIY blogosphere. With such a creative community at my fingertips it has been amazing and so inspiring to read new projects and connect with new people. On that note our last Hobzy Hot 100 is Say Yes to Hoboken
I love these adorable acorn Christmas decorations. They look like a cross between baubles and bright fairy lights and illuminous acorns. They’re also very easy to make. Check out the tutorial here.
Well that’s it for Hobzy Hot 100 Bloggers. If you know someone you think should have been featured send us a link so we can have a look. Over the next month we’ll be running our holiday feature 12 Crafts of Christmas so look out for that!
We’re also getting ready to launch Hobzy Hot 100 Sellers featuring our favourite handmade craft sellers from Bazaar. If you want to be considered email us your sellers name to firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m excited to see what you guys are making!