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Baking Bread in a Terra-Cotta Flowerpot

Updated on October 9, 2017

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

  1. Aluminum Foil
  2. Pencil
  3. Scissors
  4. Shortening (I use oil)
  5. Paper towel
  6. Mixing Spoon
  7. Spatula
  8. Cake Tester
  9. 1 package quick bread mix
  10. 1 6" Terra-cotta pot

Visual Instruction

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  1. 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
  2. Place the aluminum foil circle in the bottom of the pot and smooth the edges up along the wall.
  3. 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
  4. Make the quick bread as per the instructions on the box.
  5. 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
  6. 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

  1. Hostess Gifts
  2. Baby Shower - make mini pots
  3. Valentines Party
  4. St. Patrick's Day Party
  5. Fourth of July Cookout
  6. Birthday Party for older children or adults
  7. Teachers Appreciation Day
  8. Secretaries Day
  9. Get Well Soon
  10. Just because they will bring a smile to someones face

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      bellartdesigns 6 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

      mary615 - You are certainly welcome to attach my hub to your Amish Friendship Bread hub. Thanks for asking.

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      Mary Hyatt 6 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Just wondering: may I link this Hub to mine on Amish Friendship Bread? So glad you liked my recipe and are making it. Goodnight.

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      Eliza57 6 years ago

      A very wonderful and useful Hub! Thanks for sharing.

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      bellartdesigns 6 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

      mary615 - I am actually making your Amish Friendship Bread with my daughters. We printed out the instructions and are about to start mixing. Thanks for taking time to look at my hub! And....I am going to use the terra-cotta rectangle pots with the raised wheat on the front - it's perfect for this type of bread!

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      bellartdesigns 6 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

      nwonderlin - The children and I make mini cupcakes for school events in the small pots. Everyone oohs and aahs over them - be prepared to explain how to create them if you are taking to a function because everyone is going to ask :)

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      bellartdesigns 6 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

      CWanamaker - these are a great ides for a fundraiser! Combine different sizes and your program is sure to raise money!

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      Mary Hyatt 6 years ago from Florida

      Great Hub. I just wrote a Hub on making Amish Friendship Bread. Your idea would work really well for my bread. I'll bookmark this. Thanks for sharing.

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      Ghaelach 6 years ago

      Good Morning.

      This is a geil idea.

      During the winter months i bake our own bread so i find this an unusual idea which opens the door for many others.

      LOL Ghaelach

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      nwonderlin 6 years ago

      super cute idea! I've also been wanting to do some cupcakes in mini pots. Found a recipe in 500 Cupcakes by Fergal Connelly. If I ever do, I'll def post pics :)

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      CWanamaker 6 years ago from Arizona

      Wow what a neat idea! With this idea, I see fundraising opportunities in the future.

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      bellartdesigns 6 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

      Thanks for the votes. I have been making these for my children's teachers for years. The mini pots are great for parties and hostess gifts. You can always make them in the rectangle pots as well!

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      Theresa Ast 6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Great idea. I love it. Very helpful directions. :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 6 years ago from Western NC

      This is an INCREDIBLE hub!! I LOVE to make bread and I love terra-cotta. Two awesome things in one! Woohoo! I seriously never thought about making gifts with these two things. Wow! Voted up and some other buttons and sharing!!

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      Kris Heeter 6 years ago from Indiana

      Very creative idea! I've seen potters create something similar (and much more expensive obviously) at craft and pottery exhibits. I had never thought about using a regular terra-cotta flower pot - very cool:) I will gladly share this hub with my followers!