Favorite home baked/made goodies that ship well?
My recipients are very much into instant gratification, so I'm less interested in mixes and the like. Also I have no canning equipment or seal a meal technology. I do have a bread machine, basic baking equipment and a digital scale. Recipes, recollections, tips and tricks would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for your help M
Candied/spiced nuts - I love this one with spiced nuts and sugared bacon. Here is the recipe:
Spiced Nuts With Sugared Bacon
2 cups unsalted, roasted mixed nuts (or use all almonds or cashews)
1 1/2 tablespoons egg white, beaten slightly
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon garam masala
3/4 teaspoon cumin
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon allspice
Pinch of cloves
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, to taste
3/4 pound sliced bacon
1/2 cup light brown sugar.
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a large bowl, toss nuts with egg white, coating nuts evenly. Add granulated sugar, spices, salt and cayenne, and toss to combine.
2. Spread nuts on a baking sheet. Roast, stirring frequently and breaking up any clumps, until nuts are nicely browned, 12 to 15 minutes. Break up any remaining clumps while nuts are still warm; immediately transfer to a bowl.
3. Increase oven temperature to 350 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with a nonstick liner (or use parchment paper sprayed with nonstick spray). Arrange bacon in a single layer on baking sheet. Sprinkle a thin, even layer of brown sugar over bacon, coating both sides. Bake until crisp and dark golden, 20 to 25 minutes.
4. Transfer bacon slices to a wire rack set over a rimmed baking sheet (or some paper towels) to cool. Cool. Break bacon into bite-size pieces and mix with nuts.
Yield: 2 cups.
Or you can just order the Bacon Peanut Brittle from The Redhead in NYC and have it shipped anywhere. I just ordered some to give as holiday gifts. Here's the link:
My husbands family loves these cookies so I ship them a box every year.
I just layer them in a large Ziploc back then pack the box with plenty of newspaper or other packing goods (Styrofoam peanuts, those air bags, etc). They keep and ship well since they aren't fragile.
I also usually ship turtle bark with the same method and it always is delivered intact:
I have shipped other cookies I make that are more soft/round/traditional but I only have about a 50% success rate with them being delivered unscathed. I make a lovely soft gingerbread cookie but I have found it ends up being cookie pieces more often than not.