Baking Bread in a Terra-Cotta Flowerpot
The wonders of baked bread
Homemade baked breads and muffins have been considered standard gifts for friends, neighbors, hostess gifts, and the like. So, the next time you have to give a gift, why not add some pizzazz and exchange your ordinary bread pan for a terra-cotta flower pot. Your recipient will admire the presentation as much as the wonderful bread baked inside.
Idea: Having a bake sale? Buy some assorted cake mixes along with bread mixes and some 3” pots. Prepare the pots as stated below and bake as per the instructions. Decorate the pots with raffia, flowers, ribbons, etc. and put them in decorative cellophane bags (you can get 25 of them at the dollar store for $1) tie with a ribbon and you will have fabulous items that will absolutely sell at your bake sale.
Idea: Need a quick Hostess Gift? Bake some Banana Nut Bread and tie a pretty ribbon around the pot.
Idea: Need a Holiday Gift? Bake some Cranberry Bread and attach a festive bow to the pot or wrap it up in a decorative cellophane bag with a ribbon
No matter what the occasion might be, you really can't go wrong by giving a bread baked in a terra-cotta pot.
Idea: Invite the children to help you. Not only will it teach them how to bake, it will provide some nice quality time together.
Gather Your Ingredients
- Aluminum Foil
- Shortening (I use oil)
- Paper towel
- Mixing Spoon
- Cake Tester
- 1 package quick bread mix
- 1 6" Terra-cotta pot
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- Place the terra-cotta pot on the aluminum foil with the right side up; trace around the bottom of the pot with a pencil. Cut out the circle slightly outside of the original line. I cut about 1/4 inch outside of the circle
- Place the aluminum foil circle in the bottom of the pot and smooth the edges up along the wall.
- Take a paper towel and generously coat the sides and the bottom (including the aluminum foil) of the pot with the shortening or oil/spray - just make sure it is coated well
- Make the quick bread as per the instructions on the box.
- Pour the batter into the terra cotta flower pot until it reaches the bottom rim. Bake as instructed on the bread mix (oven temperature, time, etc) and adjust according to the size of the clay pot you are using (see Hints and Helps below) - my daughter did this step and had so much fun - she couldn't wait to see the finished product
- Test for doneness...remove from oven and allow the bread to cool. Loosen bread from the sides of the clay pot and serve (or leave it in the clay pot - dress it up with flowers, bows, or whatever you fancy, and give it as a gift)
Hints and Helps
- ONLY use new clean terra-cotta pots that have a smooth inside and have been cleaned with soap and water - never use a pot that has been used for plants
- Most pots are lead free these days - please check the label to ensure you are buying a lead free pot
- Use your favorite recipe for quick bread or a packaged mix
If using a bread or cake mix follow these hints:
- One box of quick bread mix makes one loaf of bread in a 6” pot; two loaves in 4”pots
- One box of cake mix makes four miniature cakes in 3” pots
If using a recipe follow these hints:
- For 4 cups of batter use the cooking time for a 7"X3"X2" loaf pan
- For 6 cups of batter use the cooking time for an 8"X31/2"X21/2" loaf pan
- For 8 cups of batter use the cooking time for a 9"X5"X4" loaf pan
**Reduce the cooking time a little if the clay pot is shallower than the loaf pan suggested in the recipe or the bread/cake mix box
**Increase the time a bit if the pot is deeper than the pan suggested in the recipe or on the bread/cake mix box
10 Gift Ideas
- Hostess Gifts
- Baby Shower - make mini pots
- Valentines Party
- St. Patrick's Day Party
- Fourth of July Cookout
- Birthday Party for older children or adults
- Teachers Appreciation Day
- Secretaries Day
- Get Well Soon
- Just because they will bring a smile to someones face
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