Monday, December 17, 2018

Edible Lattice Bread Basket

I few years back I baked two woven bread baskets. I have since found this edible spring basket referenced in a few easter articles. Both of my earlier versions of baskets used ropes and the weave was tight. I was very happy with those baskets but I wanted to try something different. I wanted a make a basket with open holes that looked like it was part of the weave. This is what I came up with.


This basket was not made with ropes. Instead I made the lattice using flat strips of dough. I used a different technique with the weave. Instead of weaving it on the mold I wove it on a flat surface and then transferred it to the mold. This caused the holes to form in between the strips something I was looking for. In the end I was very happy with the result.


This basket is a lot easier to make than the two I made before. It is much smaller and uses a small amount of dough. The weaving technique is simpler too. I used my sourdough starter for this recipe but you could use commercial yeast if you wanted to. If you use commercial yeast refer to this basic dough recipe to prepare your dough.

Roll out a large rectangle from the dough. Using a small custard or similar bowl to ensure you have coverage cut a portion of the rectangle as the base (portion on left below). Cut this rectangle into wide strips being careful not to cut all the way through. Cut the remaining dough into wide strips cutting all the way through. These strips are to be used for weaving.


Preheat the oven to 375 F. On the base fold back alternating strips. Place a strip horizontally such that it covers end to end. Unfold the folded strips. Now fold back the other set of alternating strips and place a weaving strip horizontally.


Continue working the weave until you get to the end. Cover the outside of the bowl with foil. Place the woven lattice over the bowl taking care to see it does not unravel. Cut off the access.


Trim the edges to get a smooth edge around the edge of the bowl.


Using the discarded dough roll out a strip long enough to circle the edge of the bowl with a little overlap. Trim the strip to get neat edges and place it around the bowl. Seal the ends together by pressing the overlapping ends over one another.


Place the bowl on a baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes. The bowl should begin to brown slightly. Allow it to cool on a rack for a few minutes. Unfold the foil over the bowl and remove the bowl carefully. Now carefully peel off the foil from the bread.


Enjoy!





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17 comments:

  1. Looks so perfect.. I can see the labour of hard work..

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  2. What a lovely idea! You can serve in it and eat it too...

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  4. So prefect, those edible basket looks damn cute and prefect to serve and eat with some chaat foods in it.

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  5. Such a pretty looking lattice bread basket that is. Looks amazing and will definitely be a show stopper on the holiday table.

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  6. Wow! This lattice worked bread basket looks so cute Varada. With sourdough as the base, the basket is quite flavourful too.

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  7. Always love your bread baskets,looks amazing.

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  8. This is quite a work Varada, but the fruit is worth the labour involved. Lovely edible basket.

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  9. Lattice bread basket looks just perfect and I am thinking of the varieties of stuffing!!

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  10. Awesome Varada, you seriously make it sound so simple and easy. I will settle admiring your handwork..

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  11. The bread basket is looking so beautiful. Would love to enjoy with beautiful stuffings

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  12. wow - this is just so beautiful - but I don't think I would eat the bread basket - too gorgeous to destroy

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  13. That lattice bread bowl looks pretty. As Mir mentioned, hard to destroy the cute creation.

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  14. The bread basket looks so pretty and so well baked.As said by Suma and Mireillie, it's hard to brake and eat such a cute creation.

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  15. You are a pro at baking bread and this is no exception, Varada ! What a fine looking an exciting edible bread basket :-)

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  16. This is art varada! I remember your bread basket with handle! Love how perfect the basket looks! Simply amazing!

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  17. Wow varada, This looks like a work of an artist. Love this lattice bread basket

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