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Christmas Extract

The inspiration for this recipe was a home made Vanilla Extract recipe that I saw on Pinterest. When I realised how easy that was to make at home it got me thinking, and this is what we came up with.

 

Our Christmas Extract captures the wonderful smell and taste of Christmas in a bottle. Use in cakes, cookies, pies and cocktails. Our own original recipe - the true essence of Christmas!

 

We started making our extract at the end of August, so that we could give our concoction time to develop it's flavours, and ensure that it would work - and it does! This is our own original recipe, our aim was to produce an extract that has all the aromas and flavours of Christmas concentrated into it - add a teaspoon to cakes when baking, mince pies, cocktails, desserts or anything else you can think of.

Not everyone is aware that pine needles are edible, and are in fact high in vitamin C, as well as having other benefits. When foraging please ensure you are 100% sure of what you are picking, and bear in mind that some evergreens such as yew are highly toxic. I also recommend that you provide an ingredient list with any home-made items that you give away as gifts, so the recipient can make an informed choice to whether or not it is suitable for them.

This is what we used and did....

Our Christmas Extract captures the wonderful smell and taste of Christmas in a bottle. Use in cakes, cookies, pies and cocktails. Our own original recipe - the true essence of Christmas!

  • 50g Molasses
  • 50g Dried Cranberries
  • Zest of half an Orange
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 3 pieces Mace
  • 3 Cloves
  • 6 Allspice Berries
  • Handful of Pine Needles
  • 250mls Brandy

Our Christmas Extract captures the wonderful smell and taste of Christmas in a bottle. Use in cakes, cookies, pies and cocktails. Our own original recipe - the true essence of Christmas!

Bruise the spices and pine needles in a pestle and mortar, and add to a jar with the molasses, cranberries, orange zest and brandy. Pop on the lid, and give it a good shake.

Our Christmas Extract captures the wonderful smell and taste of Christmas in a bottle. Use in cakes, cookies, pies and cocktails. Our own original recipe - the true essence of Christmas!

Leave in a dark place to infuse for at least 4 weeks, giving it the odd shake when you think about it. We tasted it every so often to check how it was developing, and although we didn't feel a need to adjust it, you could easily do so.

Our Christmas Extract captures the wonderful smell and taste of Christmas in a bottle. Use in cakes, cookies, pies and cocktails. Our own original recipe - the true essence of Christmas!

Once you are happy with the taste of your extract, strain through muslin and bottle. The flavour of your extract will continue to mature and mellow over time.

Our Christmas Extract is dark and syrupy, and smells like Christmas trees and mince pies, check out our own unique, easy to follow recipe. Would make a fantastic, original gift.

Our extract is dark and syrupy, and smells like Christmas trees and mince pies, which is exactly what we hoped for. It is very concentrated, and we plan to use it in exactly the same way you would any other extract. When we made it we also made a liqueur version, with exactly the same ingredients but with the added addition of Vodka - here is the recipe for our Christmas Spirit.

 

Our Christmas Extract captures the wonderful smell and taste of Christmas in a bottle. Use in cakes, cookies, pies and cocktails. Our own original recipe - the true essence of Christmas!

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    December 3, 2016 at 10:29 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thank you so much for including our extract recipes in your round-up Nikki, we adore your fabric bags x

      December 7, 2016 at 2:38 pm
  • Reply Mary-the boondocks blog

    The house must smell amazing. I have tried this with half of your ingredients and it was nice but with the rest, it will be even better.
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    November 10, 2016 at 10:40 pm
  • Reply Leanna

    I am going to use this for infusion. I am fighting dust all winter so I pace swifter sheets on all my heat registers. This recipe will be amazing to make and put on those sheets. Pinning and now I got something else on my must do this week list. Thanks for sharing.
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    November 10, 2016 at 4:49 pm
  • Reply Michelle

    Oh my soul, this must be amazing Sarah. I never knew about pine needles but it makes sense some how. The combination of vanilla and that beautiful fresh, green pine smell must infuse everything. I can’t wait to try make some.
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    November 10, 2016 at 4:32 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Isn’t interesting about pine needles, the pollen from pine trees is meant to have some incredible properties too – I haven’t had the chance to try that yet, hopefully I’ll manage to find some next year. Let me know what you think if you try it Michelle :)

      November 15, 2016 at 1:37 pm
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