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Creative Christmas: DIY Fancy Jam Name Setting and Gum Leave Candles

By Emma Hawkins.

Christmas is just around the corner and we could not be more excited. This year I wanted to show you all a range of different DIY projects for your Christmas table along with some easy and original Christmas recipes. So, I teamed up with my Yellowglen Family and gorgeous food contributor Kirsten and have come up with some seriously amazing ideas. Kirsten has created some amazing recipes including; summer salads, delicious desserts and cocktails, whilst I show you some table setting ideas, from floral arrangements (I’m massively into Garlands at the moment) to name placement ideas and colour themes. We will have a new project/recipe everyday this week, so we hope you enjoy.

First one we have for you is this crisp white table setting that includes DIY gum leave candles and Biscuit name settings.  Sometimes all you need for a table setting is one or two key features that stand out for themselves especially, if you are wanting a crisp setting like this one. We used a standard white linen tablecloth and paired it with gold cutlery (also another obsession at the moment), plates and bowls with gold rimming (from West Elm) along with gold and grey napkins. I added some timber disks to the table to bring some “Aussie rawness” that contrasted with the gold tones well and also suited the gum leave candles.

For the Gum Leave candles, this was so simple.

What you need:

Candles

Gun Leaves

Hot Glue Gun

Ribbon

Method:

  1. Using your hot glue gun, glue the leaves to the candles
  2. Tie a ribbon around the leaves and candles in the colour choice that suits your theme.

Now for the fancy Christmas jams. These make such a good present for schoolteachers, friends and family (or just to enjoy for yourself) they are also fabulous to package up and tag them to use as a name placement. Not only do they look festive, but also your guests then get a lovely take home.

Ingredients:

225g butter at room temperature

1 cup sugar

3 egg yolks

2 tsp vanilla paste

3 cups flour

You will also need:

  • Two biscuit cutters, a medium sized one for the bikkies and another for the cut-outs. I used a holy shaped cutter for the centres.
  • Jam for fillings, I used strawberry and orange.

Method:

1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar for a couple of minutes until smooth.

2. Add the egg yolks and vanilla and continue to beat until combined.

3. Add the flour and mix until just combined. With your hands, scrunch the mixture into a ball (or several balls) and refrigerate for two hours. If the dough is far too crumbly you can add a tiny bit of milk but only add a skerrick!

4. After the dough has rested, set your oven to 180°C. Roll the dough out on a very lightly floured surface and use your cutters to make rounds. You may like to use a spatula or egg flipper to help ease the shapes from the bench top.

5. When you have cut out as many rounds as you can, use your smaller cutter to cut the middles from half of them.

6. On a tray lined with baking paper, bake for 6-8 minutes until the edges are just beginning to turn golden.

7. Remove from the oven and after a minute or two transfer to a cooling rack.

8. Once completely cooled, put a little blob of jam in the middle of your bottom biscuit and place the other one on top. The jam should spread out once you press them together. These taste even better the next day as the jam will soften the biscuits a little. If you can resist eating them all yourself they look lovely in little cellophane bags with names as a place setting for Christmas day.

We hope you have a enjoyed our first Christmas post, make sure you come back tomorrow for our second one.

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Suppliers and Details:

What we serve: Yellowglen

Tableware: West Elm