Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Easter Bread Basket

In 1982 my mom gave me a Betsey Clark craft-of-the-month Calendar. I saved my calendar and still do some of the crafts from time to time. This basket is the featured craft for April. My children helped make this basket last year.

To make your own, mix 2 cups flour with 1/2 cup salt. Add 3/4 cup water. Stir until the mixture clings together, then turn onto a floured surface and knead for at least 10 minutes, until the dough is smooth but stiff.

Place an ovenproof bowl upside down on a cookie sheet. Grease the outside of the bowl with oil.

Roll two ropes of dough about 3/8 inch thick. Moisten slightly with warm water and twist them together. Place this "braid" around the rim of the bowl.

Roll the remaining dough to a 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into 1/2 inch wide strips.

Lay the strips across the bowl, weaving across the bottom. Weave one or two strips around the bowl (the photo below will hopefully make it clear how to do this).

Using a small brush, wet all points where dough touches dough.

Press the bottom of the basket with a heavy pan to make it flat.

Bake for 90 minutes at 275, or until the basket is rock hard.


CalvaryGirl said...

What a clever idea!! Very, very cool.

~*~ Wendy ~*~
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Celestial Charms said...

Lovely idea. I must try that next year.