Monday, March 31, 2014

Edible Bread Basket

I enjoyed shaping and baking the Sunflower bread so much that I have taken every chance I got to bake bread shaped as something other than a loaf or a bun. I enjoyed baking the coffee bread and the beautiful cinnamon bread. When I saw the spring bread basket I was delighted to try my hand at something new.


The edible bread basket can be made with your favorite bread recipe. It is shaped over an inverted bowl that has been covered with aluminium foil. Ensure the bowl is oven safe as the bread is baked draped over the bowl. The size and dept of the bowl decides the shape of your basket.


You will need
Basic Bread Dough
1 egg as wash

Follow the Basic Bread Dough recipe. Prepare a mixing bowl that is oven safe. Preheat oven to 350 F. Cover the outside of the bowl with aluminium foil. Keep aside.


Transfer the risen dough to a floured surface. Flatten it and roll it into a large rectangle using a rolling pin. Using a pizza cutter or a sharp knife cut the rectangle into 1/4 inch wide strips.


Take one strip and roll it back and forth with the palm of both hands to form a round rope. Repeat with 6 more strips. Lay the strips from one end of the bowl, over the top down the far side and to the end of the bowl. Flatten the top with the base of a cup. Roll another strip into a rope and start working your way in and out weaving a basket. Repeat until you cover the entire bowl as shown in the picture.


Cut off the excess using a pizza cutter or a sharp knife. Do not tug on the rope before cutting it. In a separate bowl beat the egg with 2 tbsp. water. Brush the egg wash over the surface of the basket. Ensure your strokes are along the long side ways and not up and own. This will create a weave pattern in case you leave marks.


Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.



Trace the top of the bowl on parchment paper.


Using three ropes make a braid to fit the circle. That is the decorative top.


Make another braid and lay it over the top of the inverted bowl. Bake for 15-20 minutes.


Put it all together with toothpicks.


3 comments:

  1. Wow wow another masterpiece!...so classically made..

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  2. can you use premade dough to make this. I don't have timet o make fresh dough because I zip from place to place so fast.

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    1. Steffie I am not sure what premade dough is as I have never used it. Is this dough you have mixed and frozen in bulk? If so, then yes you should be able to use it.

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