Homemade food gifts for the holidays are thoughtful, economical, and original. I love making them and receiving them. They can be as elaborate as fruitcakes, stollens, and babkas or as simple as spiced nuts and infused vinegars. No offense to Williams-Sonoma, but why spend a fortune on store-bought seasonal peppermint bark when you can make your own in literally about 10 minutes for a quarter of the price? Get your children involved in simple baking and decorating the gift boxes.
This recipe is adapted from an old issue of Food and Wine magazine. It will make enough to flavor 10 bottles of Champagne or white wine.
6 large oranges
21/2 cups sugar
31/2 cups fresh orange juice
750 ml. bottle brandy