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Christmas Extract

The inspiration for this Christmas Extract 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 Christmas 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
  • Reply Sarah - let them be small

    I’d never have thought of making something like this but I bet it smells amazing!

    November 10, 2016 at 9:25 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      It really does smell just like Christmas Sarah – we made a liqueur version too which is also lovely 🙂

      November 10, 2016 at 9:39 am
  • Reply Jen Enoch

    I love this idea, it’s new to me so I know own my family will be impressed! So, about those pine needles, I’ve never heard of this. I think I’m going to make this and try some different recipes. Thanks for this unique idea.

    October 15, 2016 at 2:48 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      We were so pleased with how it turned out – and it’s even better this year now it’s matured – it smells amazing!

      October 23, 2016 at 11:03 am
  • Reply Fionnuala

    Fantastic idea! I really like the sound of this.
    #howtosundays
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    November 15, 2015 at 8:31 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      It’s got a lovely flavour – we’re putting it in everything, even used it to marinade some meat on the weekend!

      November 17, 2015 at 4:08 pm
  • Reply Jenny Eaves

    This sounds amazing, great idea to make cakes and desserts a little more special. I love that you used pine needles too, that’s definitely one of my favourite Christmas smells!
    Thanks so much for linking up to #HowtoSunday 🙂 x
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    November 15, 2015 at 8:02 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Would be perfect for adding to something like shop bought mincemeat to make it a bit more special. We had lots of fun going around an arboretum trying out all their different pine needles – people must have thought we were mad!

      November 17, 2015 at 4:10 pm
  • Reply Cheryl @ ReimerandRuby

    Wow! I didn’t know making a homemade one is as easy as this… such a wonderful idea. Thanks for sharing! #HowtoSunday

    November 15, 2015 at 6:46 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      We’ve been making Vanilla Extract too, in different alcohol bases which has been fun 🙂

      November 17, 2015 at 4:12 pm
  • Reply Verily Victoria Vocalises

    The smells have to be one of the best things about Christmas! What a truly brilliant idea. I shall have to try this 🙂 Thank you for linking to #PoCoLo x
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    November 14, 2015 at 4:57 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Isn’t amazing how a smell can instantly transport you to another place and time? With this recipe its really easy to personalise it to what Christmas means to you 🙂

      November 14, 2015 at 10:04 pm
  • Reply Jennifer

    I bet this smells wonderful…thanks for sharing! #PoCoLo
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    November 13, 2015 at 2:51 pm
  • Reply Louisa

    I had absolutely no idea that pine needles were edible although they are not something I fancy trying! I can just imagine how glorious your extract smells, Christmas has it’s own magical scent doesn’t it?
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    November 13, 2015 at 10:33 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      It really does 🙂 . We did chew on a couple of pine needles to see what they were like before we made the extract, and they tasted how you would imagine really – apparently they are loaded with Vitamin C!

      November 13, 2015 at 7:53 pm
  • Reply Lianne

    Ooh wow this sounds fab! Love a festive smell!! 🙂 #pocolo
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    November 13, 2015 at 9:36 am
  • Reply Emma T

    Sounds amazing. Definitely one to try, and great for presents
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    November 12, 2015 at 11:18 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      We make hampers for our family every year, so that’s whats its meant to be for, although we keep sampling the liqueur version so I’ve had to put another batch on!

      November 12, 2015 at 11:39 am
  • Reply Charlotte Oates

    Oh I just love the idea of a Christmas extract – I’d use it all year round to cheer myself as I’m always happy at Christmas 🙂 Actually perhaps I should switch to the Christmas spirit, that definitely sounds like it would perk me up!

    Such a great idea, it’s made me smile just thinking about it.
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    November 11, 2015 at 11:57 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      It’s amazing how a smell transports you straight to a place isn’t it? The spirit is super yummy, I’m making more as I’ve half drunk everyone’s Christmas pressies already!

      November 12, 2015 at 11:22 am
  • Reply Rebecca

    What a fantastic idea! I wish I could scratch and sniff the computer screen, I bet essence of Christmas smells absolutely amazing!
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    November 11, 2015 at 9:09 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      It really does smell great 🙂 We made a liqueur version too which tastes gorgeous x

      November 12, 2015 at 11:24 am
  • Reply Honest mum

    Oh wow this is the perfect accompaniment to cakes and festive cooking. Thanks for sharing
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    November 11, 2015 at 3:30 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      It’s a lovely way to add a little something to a dish. We have a liqueur version too for when you want the Christmas taste without the effort of cooking first!

      November 12, 2015 at 11:27 am
  • Reply chellie

    This is lovely! How creative. I’ve always wanted to make vanilla extract, but I haven’t yet, I’ll have to add this to the list as well! Brilliant!
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    November 11, 2015 at 2:31 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      I have vanilla essence steeping for the first time as well at the moment – doing it in 3 different spirits to see which works best x

      November 12, 2015 at 11:30 am
  • Reply Lynn Spencer

    Intriguing! I’ve made my own vanilla extract for years, but think I may need up my game a bit. You gave some ideas on how to use it and I’d love to know what specifically you have used it in.

    Thanks, Lynn

    November 11, 2015 at 2:16 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      All the ingredients are listed in the post, but you could adapt it to include whatever Christmas means to you. We also made a liqueur version which is yummy 🙂

      November 12, 2015 at 11:31 am

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