Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Edible Bread Basket- #BreadBakers

I just woke up from a dream about Stacy from Food Lust People Love/ . I can't remember the details of the dream but I think we were travelling. The details really don't matter though; it was just my subconscious’s way of trying to wake me up to write this post. I've been really excited about baking and sharing this basket for a while but I was completely blank about what to write here. Had I remembered the details of the dream, I'd certainly have some material.

Let's ramble about the basket then. It took a while! Clear some time in your schedule if you're a slowpoke like me. Part of that is because I was figuring out things as I went along. I switched from weaving the dough on the form to weaving it on a baking mat. I found that I preferred to work with chilled strips and I kept worrying about my dough proofing before I was finished so there were several trips to the refrigerator. Then I got really hungry. It actually took me half hour to properly roll ropes that would be twisted and form the top edges of the basket. The ropes just would not corporate! And when I got it done and was ready to bake it, I realised that I didn't mind the edges of the basket. Had I initially planned to leave them bare, I would have trimmed it better. But I was happy enough. That twisted rope then became one of the pieces you see in the basket with the rolls. I ate it first.

You can see that my strips were not all the same width and my basket weaving needs some work. But I am still really happy about how it turned out. I can't wait to do this again and serve it to friends. I actually have some ideas for fun variations. Thanks, Pavani for choosing the theme this month. This basket had been on my mind all year and I am glad that I finally got to do it. Be sure to scroll down to see all the other breads this month.

Edible Bread Basket

500 grams all purpose flour
260 grams water
 25 grams oil
 22 grams sugar
6 grams salt
1 teaspoon instant yeast

 Egg, for egg wash


Combine all the dough ingredients and knead until gluten is fully developed. If dough seems dry, add a teaspoon of water at a time. It's a firm dough and should not be sticky.Place in an oiled container, cover and let rise until doubled. Dough can be bulk fermented in the refrigerator.

 Cover an inverted 9” x 5” loaf tin with foil. Thoroughly grease the foil.

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Gently deflate the risen dough. Working with small pieces at a time, roll out a ¼ inch thick rectangle that is long enough to drape over the inverted loaf tin. Cut out ¼ inch strips. Start weaving these strips on a flat surface. Keep dough that you're not currently using in the refrigerator.Keep weaving until you have a mat that is large enough to drape over your inverted loaf tin.  Depending on the height of your loaf tin, this mat may be about 15 inches by 11 inches.

Drape over the tin and trim the edges.Place on a baking sheet and brush with an egg beaten with a tablespoon of water.

Bake for 30 minutes then check to see how well it's browning. If it's not yet golden, return to oven until golden. Remove from oven and carefully invert and remove the loaf tin and the foil. Return the basket now right side up to the oven for a few minutes so that the inside can be properly cooked. It won't get much colour but you're looking for a temperature around 190 F. I kept mine in for about 10 minutes.

Cool on a wire rack then fill with your favourite rolls and breadsticks.

  • It took me more than an hour to do all the cutting of the strips and weaving. But I'm really slow on the kitchen so it may go faster for you. 
  • You can wait until you have about thirty minutes of work left to preheat the oven.
  • You could weave the strips on the mold. I started out that way but working on the sides was really difficult (strips kept slipping) for me so I switched to doing it all on a flat surface. It's occurring to me now that longer strips that went all the way around the sides may have made it less difficult. 
  • Next time I'd use wider strips so that the weaving went more quickly.I chose to leave the edges unfinished but you can make a twisted or plaited rope for the top of the basket. 

 Let's take a look at what my fellow bakers have baked for this month’s Family Feast Breads event:
#BreadBakers is a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme. Follow our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated each month on this home page.

We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient.

If you are a food blogger and would like to join us, just send Stacy an email with your blog URL to


  1. The knit of the edible baskets were lovely............ well made

  2. Awesome! Truly celebratory--I love it! Nothing better than having your beautiful carbs served in a basket made of *more* beautiful carbs! =)

  3. I was looking forward to seeing your creation! Totally worth a celebration and can I eat the basket would start a whole different conversation. And I do want details about the dream .. where were you and Stacy traveling to?

  4. What a masterpiece! You did a wonderful job forming this and are being too hard on yourself to even suggest that there are any problems with the uniformity. It is stunning.

  5. What a beautiful basket! It would be so impressive sitting on any table.

  6. Okay, now I am totally impressed. This is amazing and what a treat to take to someone's house or to have on your table!!

  7. I cannot tell you how very impressed I am that you even attempted this and then for it to turn out so beautifully. Bravo, Bravo, Bravo!!!

  8. I'm sure you were taking me to Jamaica to introduce me to your mom and all the relatives and we'd be eating all over the island. We'd get your mother to do master classes in all the special foods you love! Doesn't that sounds like fun!

    Or maybe you were coming my way and I would show you around Dubai and we'd eat All The Things here and sail on our little boat, taking along a picnic lunch and some ice cold rum punch for midday. Those both sounds like excellent dreams!

    I am completely bowled over by your fabulous basket, Kelly! I had no idea what to expect but this exceeds anything I was imagining! Simply stunning!

  9. Wow! What a beautiful creation! So much patience and time goes into creating a masterpiece like this one! I am sure it tastes just as great, I must try this!

  10. Absolutely Fantastic...I am going to try this at my next party :)

  11. Wow, your edible bread basket looks so intricate and well worth every minute you spent on it -- amazing job!! I wish I had as much patience as you to persevere and finish the basket.

  12. You've taken bread basket to a whole new meaning lol This looks wonderful. Laura@ Baking in Pyjamas

  13. INCREDIBLE!! I've never mastered bread baskets

  14. wow, so much patience to weave a whole basket. It looks so beautiful and neat.