Woven Bread Basket
This is such a fun project for holidays, and kids. This make a small bowl, if you are going for something larger, I would double.
Servings: 1 basket
- 1 ¼ cup water lukewarm
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 ½ teaspoon active dry yeast
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 ¼-3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 egg egg wash, not for dough
- 1 tablespoon milk egg wash, not for dough
I like to mix my dough in a stand mixer, but you can always knead by hand as well. Start by activating the yeast, you do this by combining the yeast and water. Mix gently and let them sit for about 3-5 minutes. It won't take long. Add in remaining ingredients, but only use 2 cups of the flour.Mix on medium speed for 1 minute. Check for flour. You want it to be a SLIGHTLY stiff dough. Not really stiff, but just slightly. If you need to add another ½ cup into the dough, mix another minute or maybe 2. Check again. Once is right, turn the mixer on medium and mix for about 5-6 minutes. Cover and allow to rise for about 30 minutes. Wrap the backside of your bowl with tinfoil and spray with pan spray. Cut off ⅓ of your dough. Divide this into 5 pieces. Roll them into 10inch long snakes. Then roll each snake out with a rolling pin to flatten slightly. You will want everything to be fairly thin as it will triple in size by the time it is risen and baked. Lay each of these across the top of the bowl. These will be the supports you weave around. I hope the video is better at explaining than I am.Take the remaining dough, and divide into 6 pieces. Roll these into snakes as well. Then just as with the others, flatten slightly by rolling with the rolling pin. Starting at the top of the bowl, start weaving with the flattened pieces you just rolled out. Pinch the pieces together when they end, or simply start and stop under a supporting piece of dough. When you are finished, clip all the ends. Then cover and allow to rise for 30 minutes. Towards the end of the baking time, preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Mix the egg and 1 tablespoon of milk in a small bowl for egg wash.Brush generously over the basket, this will give it the golden brown color. Make sure and brush in the nooks and crannies too. Place in oven. Bake for 20-35 minutes. You want it to be a deep golden brown. If your basket was thicker than mine, you will need to bake a little longer. You want it to be able to hold its shape. Once it is baked, remove it from the oven. Allow it the cool for about 5 minutes, then GENTLY remove from the bowl peel out the tinfoil. Allow it to cool completely before filling. You can fill with rolls, fruits, flowers, or eggs like I did. The possibilities are endless. Just make sure whatever you put it in is light. Now, sit back and enjoy. You deserve it!