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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

How Would You Wrap And Present Home Made Bread?

While I love to use my bread maker and drag it out of the cupboard at least once a month to bake a delicious loaf of home made bread, I'm having a bit of an issue when I bake a loaf and want to take with me to share with my friends or colleagues because I have no idea how to wrap it and keep it all covered so it stays fresh and so it still looks pretty and presentable.

Baking paper doesn't quite cover the edges. Plastic bags make it sweat. I don't have any plastic ware deep enough for the loaf that won't squash it. I'm all out of ideas!


I was up late this week baking my sweet scented loaf of ginger bread for Mr P to take to work for a Christmas treat for the lads, only to be told by Mr P in the morning as I was frantically trying to wrap it in baking paper that men at his work are too busy to slice and butter bread. Well pfffffft to you too buddy! So I took it to my work instead where my female dominated office with their dainty office hands were happy to slice, toast, butter and jam up the bread for morning tea! Except that half the loaf was exposed around the sides with the baking paper I used ... on the plus side the tinsel looked pretty and festive!
 
 
 
 
Take my pina colada bread that I baked to take to a friend's Hen's Party ... this loaf was one of my favourites it had pineapple pieces, coconut and bacardi rum and it really did taste like pina colada! It was perfect with some sweet dried apricot cream cheese spread on top and washed down with a glass of bubbles. But how is one to wrap the pina colada bread securely to carry in a taxi with a group of giggling girls to the Hen's Party? I wrapped it a few times in baking paper and secured with fluro string and attached a balloon that I happened to come home with at a Hen's Party the weekend before! It looked cool but a little messy and really hard to unwrap all those layers of paper ... especially after a few glasses of bubbles!
 
 
 
 
Having bread at home isn't a problem, I slice it up on my big wooden serving board and then what is left over I place in a sandwich bag and put it in the freezer to make toast or breadcrumbs from. To be honest, there isn't usually a lot left over I bake the smallest loaf and they are a perfect size for the two of us. This is the only plain loaf I have baked in the bread maker, just a simple plain white loaf made with organic flour nothing fancy but perfect for toasties or fresh salad sandwiches.
 
 

 
My favourite savoury loaf was this Sour Cream and Chilli Bread which was a perfect accompaniment to my Mexican inspired dinner of chilli con carne. I think we pretty much finished the whole loaf that night with dinner so there was no packaging issues there!
 
 
 
 
As much as I love to bake bread, I really need to find a way to wrap and present it better.
 
How would you wrap and present a home made loaf of bread?
 
 
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18 comments:

  1. Your pina colada bread sounds amazing! How about wrapping the gift loaf in a new tea towel (maybe with some baking paper inside) and putting it in a cute basket? You have me wanting some fresh bread now...

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    1. That is a great idea it would make a really nice gift too. Mmmmm fresh bread :)

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  2. I love the balloon wrapping, perfect. xxx

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  3. I'd hem a pretty piece of fabric and wrap it in that. Or do the cute balloon thing... x

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  4. I would use lovely fabric or parchment then burlap!

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    1. Burlap would look nice and rustic I like that idea!

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  5. My neighbors next door used to always bring us over a hot loaf of bread every now and then... they would just drop it off on our door step in a paper bag... it wasn't fancy, but it was yummy! I love the one wrapped in cellophane paper with garland tied around it. I bet Pinterest would have a ton of ideas! My husband LOVES to make bread, we have 2 bread makers.

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    1. I meant parchment paper, not cellophane! ;)

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    2. What awesome neighbors! Maybe I should bake a loaf for mine, that is a nice idea. Cellophane may get a little ikky! Parchment paper sounds like it would do the trick :) Cant believe you have 2 bread makers, you must really love your bread!

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  6. I just did this today with a bread I was giving to the mail carrier. I had just made a loaf of cranberry bread, and when it was cool, I wrapped it in foil and then wrapped festive tissue paper around it and tied the top into a twist with a ribbon to hold the twist together. It looked nice.

    I used to have these big cellophane bags for breads with Christmas trees on them, but can't find them...I guess I used them all. :) Check your stores for something like that.

    Your balloon wrap looks cute.

    Those are two options.

    BTW, thanks for coming by my blog. I see you commented that you read your first e-book. I prefer print, but glad to know you liked the e-reader.

    Have a good rest of the week.

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My Blog

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    1. You are a nice customer! Sounds like a perfect way to wrap bread. Ill have to keep an eye out for the cellophone bags thanks.

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  7. Wow these look fabulous. I think the baking paper is fine double wrapped so its all covered.

    Have a great Christmas and thanks for you support in 2013.
    Carolyn

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    1. Thanks Carolyn and same to you xx

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  8. all your breads look so good! how about using wrapping paper? it would be big enough but not sure if the consistency would work as well.
    -- jackie @ jade and oak

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    1. That would definately work, maybe for the next Birthday pressie :) Thanks Jackie

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  10. Get a roll of brown paper then you can cut whatever size you need. Tie it up with some butchers twine, that would look pretty.

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    1. I do have a roll of brown paper, might try that next time as its wider than the baking paper. Thanks Megan :)

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