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

Good luck, if you manage the Christmas baubles, I would love to see your pictures!

2 thoughts on “Hovis and Christmas Decorations

  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

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