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:
8 slices Hovis soft white bread
8 coloured boiled sweets
10cm fluted circle or star cookie cutter
3cm fluted circle cookie cutter
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.
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
75g fresh cranberries
50g ready made sweet popcorn
4 mini candy canes
1 metre thin green ribbon
½ metre thin red ribbon
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.
- 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!