Beginner baking skills is all you need to try this basket. If you can braid hair then you can braid the handle and the finished edge on the basket.
You will need
Basic Bread Dough
1 egg for wash
Prepare the dough as per the instructions in basic bread dough for shaping. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
Prepare a pie baking dish by covering the inside of the dish with aluminium foil. Transfer the dough to a floured working surface and roll it into a large rectangle with a rolling pin. The thickness should be about 1/4 of an inch. The picture before is close to half an inch thick.
Using a pizza cutter cut 1/4 inch wide strips.
Place one of the strips on the work surface separate from the others and roll it with the palm of your hand to form a rope. Repeat for another five strips and place them on the pie dish.
Roll more strips into rope. Weave the rope through the 6 base ropes placed in the dish. Work in concentric circles. Always start under so the joints are hidden.
Continue until the entire surface is covered.
Take three ropes and form a braid.
Place the braid on the edge of the prepared basket and press down gently.
In a separate bowl beat the egg with 2 tbsp. water. Apply the wash over the entire surface of the basket using a pastry brush. You can skip the egg wash if you want, it is mainly for color.
Bake the basket for 20 minutes. If the edge browns while the center is undone, cover the edges with aluminum foil.
Continue to bake for another 10-15 minutes until the center is golden brown.
Prepare the handle by braiding 3 more ropes. Place it on an inverted oven safe mixing bowl that has been covered in aluminum foil. You may have to use your imagination to ensure you have a gentle curve on the handle.
Place the handle on the basket and attach with toothpicks.
Decorate with flowers. I used carved vegetables, red pepper, leek, radish and spring onion for the flowers.
Enjoy the yummy bread when you are done with using it as a centerpiece.