Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Day 2: Homemade Bread Mix

What a great homemade holiday gift - for YOU and your loved ones; a basic bread mix that can be festively packaged for creative homemade gifts or made for upcoming holiday gatherings. We decided this is a great "foodie" gift and have put together the mix and package.

Basic Mix:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 Tbsp. sugar

  • 1 Tbsp. dried parsley

  • 1 Tbsp. dried basil

  • 2 tsp. baking powder

  • 1/2 tsp. salt

CHEDDAR-HERB BREAD: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly
grease an 8x4x2-inch loaf pan. Place Basic Mix in a bowl. With a pastry blender, cut in 1/4 cup butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in 4 ounces white cheddar cheese, shredded. In a bowl combine 3/4 cup milk and 1 egg, slightly beaten. Add to crumb mixture all at once. Stir quickly with a fork to moisten. Spread in prepared pan. Bake 45 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes. Turn loaf out onto wire rack; cool completely.

The ingredients for the basic mix were all ON HAND and with some gift bags, holiday paper, some fun scissors, curling ribbon, and glue - not much to making this great gift!

After stirring the ingredients of the basic mix together, we packaged in a fun Christmas bag and tied with matching curling ribbon.

Directions were printed and then pasted on the back of holiday paper that was cut into a square with wavy scissors. The fun thing about this is that you can get really creative - try different herbs and cheeses with your recipes. Or you can get fun containers to package your mix in. What a yummy Christmas!
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  1. What a great idea! Baking bread seems to be a lost art, although I do see it's making a comeback. Nothing better than bread fresh out of the oven with Real Wisconsin Butter!! ;-)

  2. What a great little gift idea ~ I hope SOMEBODY gives me one for Christmas !!

  3. I love gifts like this! Getting them is so fun and I always get excited to try them!

  4. This sounds (and looks!) yummy - I'm going to make it for supper tonight, lol!

  5. (Yep, it was delicious - I ate 2 slices then packed up the leftovers for the guys' lunches so I wouldn't eat any more of it, lol).

  6. How cute! What a great gift idea for Christmas!

    I'd love for you to link this up to What's Cooking Wednesday!