Easter Bread Basket

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I’ve been wanting to make a bread loaf in the shape of an alligator or teddy bear, but since Easter is next month and I have all these eggs I want to put out, I decided to make a basket out of bread! I apologize I dont have that many photo of the steps since I do all my photography myself and my hands were so dirty. You can use the Fine Cooking guide on how to create a lattice pie crust to create the body of the basket. After the body is constructed, just braid a long thing of dough long enough to wrap around the bottom to create the edge.

 

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Easter Bread Basket
 
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Ingredients
  • 1½ tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp softened butter
  • 3 cups bread flour
Instructions
  1. Sprinkle yeast in warm water to active yeast. Let stand 10-15 minutes until it is frothy and aromatic.
  2. Into your stand mixer bowl with beater attached, add sugar, salt, egg, softened butter and half of the flour.
  3. Once incorporated, add in the rest of the flour and change the attachment to the dough hook.
  4. Knead the dough in your mixer for 5 minutes on low until dough becomes a smooth and elastic dough ball
  5. Lightly grease a large bowl with oil and slightly grease the dough ball also. Cover the bowl with a damp cloth or plastic wrap and let it rise for 1.5hour in a warm draft-free space until dough has risen to double its volume.
  6. Punch the dough down. Cut into small pieces about size of an egg, roll each into a long rod and create lattice pattern around a metal/glass bowl that is greased.
  7. Repeat until the surface is covered, divide remaining dough into 3 small balls. Roll each out into thin rods and braid to create the edge of the basket.
  8. Let the dough rise for 1hour in a warm draft-free environment
  9. Preheat oven to 375F. Bake for about 18-20 minutes until top is golden yellow

 

 

 

                    

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