Thursday, 16 July 2015

Sweet Inspirations...

The joyous occasion of Eid al Fitr is fast approaching and I'm sure all those celebrating this day are busy preparing for it. Eid al Fitr is a day of celebration after the holy month of Ramadan. This year, I started prep later than usual, so I am feeling a little rushed off my feet! I've still got some finishing touches to put to my outfits and some gift wrapping to do. I'm also making a variety of sweets and candy for gifting. Every year, I make a different selection of sweets for gifting, This year, I'm making some  cookies & cream chocolates, French nougat,salted caramel  marshmallows and calisson d' aix. Oh, and of course the diva of cookies....macarons! Phew! I hope that I can get it all done on time.And here I am blogging instead of baking!  I can't wait to share it with you all! But, in the meantime, here's a quick post of what I made last year...Hope you find it inspiring!

Individual Strawberry Cheesecakes in Jars.

This cheesecake can be whipped up in flash and the cute packaging is guaranteed to impress! Simply layer cookie crumbs and  cheesecake in a mason jar,  Top with some sliced strawberries and you're good to go! Well not quite...Tie a bow onto the jar first, just to make it pretty!


Nougat in a variety of flavours...

Last Eid, I decided to make a variety of different flavoured nougat. Think Licorice, Gianduja, Lime-Pistachio, Ginger-Almond, Persian Apricot-Pistachio, Turkish Rose and Chocolate Chip-Candied Clementine. With a house full of nougat lovers, it went down a treat! I also packaged it up for gifting by individually wrapping them in cellophane and tying them with bows. 
Chocolate Salami, Panforte, Croquante, Turrone and Pan de Higo.

Some Mediterranean Sweets...Dark Chocolate Panforte (a totally moreish Italian sweet originating from Siena containing fruit and nuts), Chocolate Salami, Croccante (a type of Italian nut brittle), Pan de Higo (a Spanish fig cake) and Turron de alicante...This is a sweet gift which is sure to make someone happy! I tied each sweet individually in cellophane and completed it with a raffia bow. 

Flower Pot sweets...
Assorted flavoured barfee, (an Indian fudge type of sweet) piped into chocolate cups and decorated accordingly... rich but yummy! 

A variety of  cookies  and chocolates...
Attention to detail makes a world of difference.I  try to make my goodies look  appealing by packaging them innovatively.Store-bought or homemade cookies and chocolate can be packaged in cellophane bags and tied up with ribbon. I used shortbread, biscotti, mini palmiers and chocolate maltesers...use whatever goodies takes your fancy! I once packaged a variety of different biscotti and cantuccini like this...



To all those celebrating Eid al Fitr, I hope that you and your loved ones have a beautiful day filled with love, joy and blessings! Mabrook...xoxo