Easter Bread Basket

Easter Bread Basket

By 11/03/2015

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.

Bread Dough Basket Recipe

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.

Bread Dough Basket Recipe

Bake them at 190C or 370 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.

Bread Dough Basket Recipe

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!  🙂

Bread Dough Basket Recipe    Bread Dough Basket Recipe

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.


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17 Responses to Easter Bread Basket

  1. Camilla @FabFood4All

    Aaw this bread basket is just too cute for words:-) Thank you for a beautiful Easter entry to #creditcrunchmunch:-)

    • Alida

      Thank you Camilla 🙂

  2. Zoe

    Hi! Could you please tell us the size of the bowl, e.g., circumference or diameter at the rim? Thanks.

    • Alida

      Hello Zoe,
      The diameter at the rim of my bowl was 17 cm / 6.69 inch. Don’t worry if your bowl is slightly larger or smaller as you can make your strips of pastry slightly longer or shorter according the bowl you are using.
      Happy baking! 🙂

  3. Dottie Sauchelli Balin

    Dear Alida,
    You are awesome!…I love your breadbasket and the bread inside as well. It is a perfect table centerpiece and it can all be eaten. What a wonderful recipe this is. You make everything so easy…I wish I was able to visit you and you can teach me so many tips and ideas. It is so cute and I love that the ropes don’t have to be perfect, rustic is what it is all about. I never have time, to try so many of your creations. Fabulous…Thank you for sharing your talents with us.. Have a lovely week and I hope that it gets warmer faster for you…here the snow is finally melting and today it reached 60 degrees. So Spring is turning the corner slowly….
    Dottie 🙂

  4. Catherine

    Dear Alida, This looks wonderful and fun to eat the whole basket and not to mention delicious!! xoxo Catherine

  5. la cucina di Molly

    Non vedo l’ora anch’io che arrivi la primavera, qui è ancora inverno!… Che bella idea hai avuto Alida, è carinissimo questo cestino, perfetto per ornare la tavola di Pasqua! Un abbraccio!

    • Alida

      Thank you Angie!

  6. gloria

    Alida I love you Easter bread!! Look absolutely beautiful!!
    Un abbraccio

  7. Diana

    This is so pretty and creative…I saw it on facebook….love it!

    • Alida

      Thank you Diana x

  8. Elizabeth

    I love this idea! Fantastically clever! Thank you for sharing with the #shoplocalchallenge 🙂

  9. Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours

    Wow! I am really impressed. I really must have a go at this, and follow your very good instructions.

    Thank you for linking up to #Creditcrunchmunch

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