So it’s exactly 6 days til Christmas and you still don’t have gifts yet? That’s totally okay guys! I have a gift right here that literally takes minutes. No joke, I wouldn’t lie to you.
I made this breakfast gift bag for a few of my workout buddies. I would have given them all a giant gift bag of cookies, but our trainer was also going to be at our holiday party and he was getting a gift too and it seemed weird to give them all cookies in front of our trainer. So instead we gorged on the chocolate mousse pie I brought. Whatever.
I was able to find these adorable 8 oz syrup bottles on this website Specialty Bottle, along with a bunch of other special bottles for other gifts I made (which will be posted in the new year, because I suck at timeliness). You could also just buy regular glass bottles at Michael’s or Sur la Table or whatever speciality baking store you frequent. I just thought these were perfect.
I would give you the labels to print but I’m not that savvy yet at creating PDF printouts to download from the blog. I have to say though, I did design them myself. The only thing The BF helped with was explain vector masks (still don’t get it actually) and let me borrow from his awesome arsenal of digital objects. But I picked out all the fonts (from Dafont) and took it from there.
Anyway, this gift. Literally takes 15 minutes to put together. You’re welcome.
Cinnamon Vanilla Infused Maple Syrup
You’ll want half a cinnamon stick and 1 whole vanilla bean, split with the seeds scraped into the bottle of choice, per 8 oz of maple syrup. Set up your bottles and place the cinnamon stick and vanilla bean with scraped seeds into each of your clean bottles.
In a medium saucepan heat the maple syrup over medium-low heat, until steaming. Stir constantly to prevent it from crystallizing. Once heated, carefully pour through a funnel into the bottles and seal. Let cool to room temperature and then store in the fridge. The longer the bean and cinnamon stick steep the deeper the flavors will be. It’s perfectly fine to leave both in until all the syrup has been consumed.
Syrup will last about 4 months in the fridge.
Homemade Pancake Mix
From the King Arthur Flour Cookbook
6 cups flour
3 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups dry milk powder
1 tbsp salt
1/4 – 1/2 cup sugar (I used white, the recipe says either white or brown will work)
1/4 cup baking powder
1 cup vegetable shortening
Whisk together all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Drop in clumps of shortening and cut in until uniform and evenly distributed. It should look like damp sand. I just rubbed the shortening in with my fingers as the bowl of mix was so large and it was less messy.
Distribute among your storage jars. Mix will keep for up to a year in an airtight container at room temperature.
To Use Pancake Mix
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup water
2 1/2 cups mix
Mix all together with a wooden spoon until just moistened, some clumps may remain. Cook as usual for pancakes. Makes about 15 small pancakes.
Be sure to include instructions on how to store your gifts and use them for your friend. Enjoy!