So there's always someone I've forgotten at Christmas.
Last year it was the lady who often drops my daughter to ballet for me.
This time it's...well....it seems like a bunch of random assorted folk, from the parcel delivery bloke, to, yes, the lady who often drops my daughter to ballet for me!
Low on motivation, time and funds, I whipped up some White Christmas Chocolate Bark and wrapped it in cellophane packets. That was six gifts, quick smart. The rest of the Bark was chopped up and folded through home brand vanilla icecream for Christmas Day dessert.
Really, for about $10, a bit of wrapping paper or cellophane and a tub of el cheapo ice cream, you can't go wrong!
1 packet multi-coloured glace` cherries, some chopped, some left whole
1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted in a dry frypan until golden
1 packet white chocolate melts (buttons)
1/2 cup dessicated coconut
2 litre tub vanilla icecream
Put the chocolate melts and copha in a microwave safe bowl and microwave on 50% power, stirring every minute or so, until it's all melted and smooth.
Meanwhile, line a biscuit tray with baking paper, and sprinkle it with the coconut, glace` cherries (both chopped and whole...this is just to make it look interesting), and the almonds.
Once the chocolate and copha mix are melted, pour the mixture over the ingredients on the tray, covering it all well. If necessary, rearrange the ingredients and toss the cherries a bit to ensure there's an even distribution of everything and it's all sticky with chocolate.
Pop it into the refrigerator to chill and solidify for about 15 minutes.
While that's solidifying, remove the ice cream from the freezer, turn it out in to a large mixing bowl, and allow it to soften for 15 minutes.
Remove the solid White Christmas Bark from the refrigerator and break half of it into uneven slabs, and stack them into cellophane packets or gift bags.
Chop the remaining bark and fold it through your ice cream. Return the icecream to the tub and refreeze.
That's it! You've just made six gifts and Christmas Day dessert, and you are done and dusted.