Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Hovis and Christmas Decorations

I had never thought of using bread to make decorations!  It was an eye opener following the instructions after having a lovely delivery courtesy of Hovis.  The boys were intrigued but mainly focused on trying to get me to relent and let them eat all the boiled sweets in one sitting.  But I had plans with them to make the Christmas baubles.

The Christmas baubles sounded relatively easy to make but I managed to cremate the bread in the oven and rather than achieve a lovely glazed effect the boiled sweet instead melted all over the baking tray! 

We had more success with the Reindeer Ribbons Garland.  It looked quite pretty afterwards.

Although the boys then wanted to eat the Reindeer shaped toast, so our decorations did not last very long!  They liked pushing the cutters in the bread to make the shape.  It made us all feel more festive thinking of decorations.

At the end of the session they got to eat the boiled sweets after all!  I did not want to chance cremating any more toast!

Here are the instructions if you are tempted to try either:

Christmas Baubles

8 slices Hovis soft white bread
8 coloured boiled sweets
10cm fluted circle or star cookie cutter
3cm fluted circle cookie cutter
Thin ribbon

  1. Preheat the oven to 160*C (fan oven), line a baking tray with non stick baking paper.  Toast the bread on both sides until golden.  Use a 10cm cookie cutter to stamp out circles or stars from the bread.  Use a 3cm cookie cutter to stamp out circles from the centre of your bread shapes.  Arrange on baking trays.
  2. Place a boiled sweet in the centre of each bread shape.  Bake for 10 minutes until the sweets have completely melted.  If necessary use a cocktail stick to push the melted sweet into any unfilled spaces.  Do not be tempted to touch with fingers.  Cool for 10 minutes to let the sweets re-harden.  Push the skewer through the bread to create a small hole.  Thread a piece ribbon through the hole and tie so they can be hung up.
Reindeer Ribbons Garland

8 slices Hovis wholemeal loaf (medium)
Reindeer cookie cutter
Star cutter
75g fresh cranberries
50g ready made sweet popcorn
4 mini candy canes
1 metre thin green ribbon
½ metre thin red ribbon

  1. Toast the bread until golden.  Stamp out 4 reindeer shapes and 4 stars.  Make a hole in the top of each star using a skewer.  Cut the red ribbon into 8 equal lengths and use 4 pieces to tie around the necks of the reindeer and 4 pieces to tie loops through the stars.
  2. Tie a knot in one end of the thin green ribbon and thread the other end onto the needle.  Thread 4 pieces of popcorn onto the green ribbon and push to the knot.  Thread 4 fresh cranberries on and push to the end.  Thread the needle though the back of the ribbon around the reindeer’s neck and push to the end.  Repeat using the popcorn, cranberries and then a star.  Repeat until you have used up all the ingredients.  Tie a knot in the end and hang on your Christmas tree, mantle piece or staircase.
Good luck, if you manage the Christmas baubles, I would love to see your pictures!


  1. Ooo a bit like stained glass cookies but you use bread instead hehe I used 160C for cookies as well, but maybe the bread was toasted a bit too much? Make sure the bread is not wonky when it sits on the baking parchment, perhaps a bit of grease on both side of the toast might help? Try with cookies, they are really pretty and delicious, your kids will love it! Let me know if you want the recipe ;) x

  2. Those look cool x