A Bread Baker’s Food Gift

Bread in a Flower Pot courtesy of BBC Good Food magazine

If you are a baker, consider giving a gift of bread in a flower pot for the holidays. Use a regular red clay garden flowerpot, wash it in hot soapy water and let it dry.

Butter the interior generously, covering the hole with a small piece of buttered foil. Coat the sides of the pot with toasted breadcrumbs.

Make basic yeast bread dough, and put it in the pot three-quarters full. Oil the top of the dough and set it in a warm place to double in size. (One rising will be enough.) Remember you can add rosemary and a touch of olive oil or cheese or raisins and holidays spices to tweak this basic recipe if you’re feeling in the festive spirit.

Bake the bread in a preheated 350-degree oven for 30 minutes if you are using a large pot, 15 minutes if in a small one.

The bread cooks quickly as a result of the additional heat from the clay pot. The bread is done when it sounds hollow when tapped and its top is golden brown.

Leave the bread in the pot for 15 minutes to cool before removing it from the pot to cool completely.

While the bread is cooling, consider sprucing up the flower pot as well. To decorate the pot, tie or glue a pretty fabric ribbon around the lip or simply attach a bow to the front. Set the baked bread back in the pot and wrap it with cellophane.