Saturday, 11 December 2010

Make your Own Christmas Gift - M&S Limoncello

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Have you got a few people on your Christmas list that are hard to buy for? The "oh no, nothing I want this year" people but you know you want to get them something anyway? How about making some of this Limoncello? I found this recipe in a magazine and it looks divine for Christmas. It's perfect as a light dessert if you serve a scoop of lemon sorbet with a shot of Limoncello to pour over the top. Delicious! or serve with heaps of ice, slices of lime and lemonade.

Preparation time: 15 minutes, plus soaking, cooling and 2 weeks storing
Cooking: 5 minutes
Makes: approximately 1.5lt

Ingredients: 6 unwaxed lemons
70cl bottle vodka
250g caster sugar

1) Soak the lemons in water for 30 minutes then dry them. Peel the zest using a vegetable peeler, taking care not to include any of the pith. Put the zest in a large sterilised jar and pour over the vodka. Seal and set aside for one week, shaking the jar everyday.
2) Put the sugar and 300ml of water in a saucepan over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Leave to cool completely. Add to the vodka, stirring well, then strain into sterilised bottles. Leave for a further week.
3) Chill in the freezer for 1 - 2 hours before serving as a liquor.

Hope you enjoy this, I can’t wait to get started. How are you getting on with your christmas shopping? I would love to hear your Christmas pressie ideas for those people which are hard to buy for in the comments box below. :)

Hugs and cupcakes,


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