DIY gifts: Baking kit for Mum

DIY gifts: Baking kit for Mum

Spoil your mom with a cool baking kit containing all the components needed to bake delicious cherry and apple crumble tartlets, wrapped up in pretty packaging. Help fill her house with the smell of freshly baked apples.

Cherry and apple crumble tartlets

  • 140g (260ml) cake flour
  • 7,5ml castor sugar
  • 65g (70ml) cold butter
  • 65ml cold water
  • 2,5ml lemon juice

Combine the flour and sugar. Rub in the butter with your fingertips until it resembles coarse breadcrumbs.
Combine the lemon juice and water and add a little at a time to form a soft dough. You might not need all the liquid. Form into a ball and cover with cling wrap.


  • ½ tin pie apples
  • ½ tin sweet cherries, drained
  • 7,5ml lemon juice
  • 30ml Demerara or brown sugar
  • 3ml ground cinnamon
  • 10ml cornflour

Chop the fruit into small pieces. Mix together with the remaining ingredients. Keep refrigerated.

Crumble topping

  • 40g (45ml) cold butter
  • 65g (120ml) cake flour
  • 20ml Demerara or brown sugar
  • 50ml granola or muesli
  • pinch of cinnamon

Cut the butter into small pieces and rub it into the flour until it resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Stir in the other ingredients. Keep refrigerated.

You will need:


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  • 3 medium-sized jars
  • colourful string
  • wine box, with a viewing window
  • scrapbooking or wrapping paper
  • 4 small pie tins

To make:

  1. Fill the jars with the three different pie components. Copy paper doilies and stick to the top of the lids. Make tags with numbers for each of the jars and tie around the jars with colourful string.
  2. Cover the wine box with scrapbooking or wrapping paper. Print out the instructions and stick them to one side of the box.
  3. Put the jars in the box along with the four pie tins.

Gift tag
Cut a piece of cardboard and punch a hole on one side. Use glue to ‘write’ the person’s name on the tag. Leave glue to dry a little, then stick string onto the glue to form the person’s name. Make sure you leave a long enough piece of string to thread through the hole so you can tie the tag aroundthe wine box.

(print and stick onto the box)

  1. Leave jar 1 to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Remove the pastry and roll it out on a surface lightly dusted with flour. Use to line the pie dishes.
  2. Prick the base of each pie with a fork and blind bake in a preheated oven at 180°C for 10 minutes.
  3. Pour the contents of jar 2 into the blind-baked pastry shells.
  4. Sprinkle the contents of jar 3 over the filling. Spread it out evenly and bake for 15 minutes, or until the topping is golden. Leave to cool in the tins for 5 minutes, then remove and serve with thick cream or ice cream.

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