Easter is drawing close and with it spring is following too.
Honestly it is about time we get some warmer weather. I am looking forward to buying some colourful new spring clothes to replace my thick grey fuzzy jumpers. Also sitting in a freezing park whilst the children play on the swings is not much fun.
So dear spring the sooner you show your sweet face the better.
I cannot wait for Easter. We often have a big meal with my Italian relatives, all together sitting on a long table with plenty for food and drink (as always of course!).
I am trying to get new ideas and I love this funky bread basket which really looks cool: put some bread in your basket and then eat the whole lot, basket included.
It only takes a few easy steps to put together and fun is guaranteed!
- Prep Time : 45 minutes
- Cook Time : 40 minutes
Make the dough by putting the flour in a bowl, mix it with the yeast and sugar, then add the water little by little.
Add 2 tbsp of oil and the salt, mix well. Put the mixture on your working top and with your hands (or with a mixer) make a smooth round ball. Work the dough for 10 minutes.
Put it back in the bowl, cover it with a cloth and let it double in size in a warm place (about 1 1/2 hours).
1. Put a bowl upside down and line it with tinfoil
2. Divide the dough into 11 pieces and roll each one into strings
3. Cross two of them over the bottom of the bowl
4. Put 4 more strings across the bowl and press well to flatten up the top.
5. Let the remaining two strings run around the bowl, passing once under and once over the pasta as if to weave a basket
6. Once finished the final round, cut the dough that comes out from the mold. With the last 3 strings make a braid and pass it around the base of the bowl sealing the two ends so you will create a margin for the basket.
With the remaining dough make a few bread rolls to fill your basket. Form little balls with your hands, brush the tops with olive oil and sprinkle them with the seeds.
Let the bread basket and the bread rolls rise for half an hour.
Bake them at 190C or 374 F for 35/40 minutes. Keep checking, you don't want them to look too brown. They should just have a slight golden colour.
When they are cooked let your basket cool down, remove it from the bowl and from the foil. You might need to slice off a little bit of pastry at the bottom so your basket will stand up straight.
You can now have fun with it! Fill it up with your bread rolls, hard boiled eggs, chocolate eggs, chicks... make it "Easter looking".
I am in love with this, it looks so cool on the table! 🙂
I am entering this to "Credit Crunch Munch" created Fab Food 4 All and Fuss Free Flavours and hosted this month by Jo of Jo’s Kitchen and this is also heading to "Shop Local "of Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary.