Braided Bread Basket

I love decorative bread, how about you? There’s just something so cool about it! Not only do you get the great aroma and taste that comes with fresh baked bread, you also get all the design and color you’ll find in a decorative piece. It’s like having a dinner table decoration you can eat!

A few months ago I found an idea on Pinterest that I knew I had to try – Braided Bread Baskets! I mean, what’s more fun than a basket you can sink your teeth into? Using our Alta Artisan Bread flour, along with our BOSCH Universal Mixer, I’ve come up with a simple recipe to create your own bread basket. Best of all, this is a recipe the whole family can join in on. So enough talk, let’s get to baking some Braided Bread Baskets!

Ingredients:
3 cups Hot Water
1/4 cup Butter, melted
1 Egg
1/3 cup Sugar
1 Tbsp Salt
8-10 cups Honeyville Alta Artisan Bread Flour
4 Tbsp SAF Yeast

Directions:
First things first, you need to make your dough.

Dough in Mixer

In your BOSCH Universal Mixer, combine the following ingredients in this order: Water, butter, egg, sugar, salt, 4 cups flour, and yeast. Turn the BOSCH to the #2 setting and while dough is mixing, add remaining flour until you start to see the dough pull away from the sides. Once it begins to pull away, knead in the bowl for an additional 3-4 minutes.

Dough on Counter

Remove dough from bowl and place on a lightly oiled hard surface.

Dough cut into strips

Roll dough out into a large rectangle, then, using a pizza or dough cutter, slice dough into thin, long strips.

Foil Wrapped Bowl

Take a mixing bowl and wrap it with foil. This is what you’ll form your bowl around, so pick a bowl-size that you’d like your bread bowl to be.

Sides of Bread Basket

Drape 4 long strips of dough over the bowl like so. These will be the pillars of your basket.

Braiding Bread Dough

Now it’s time to braid! Take a strip of dough and begin to braid it between the pillars.

Basket almost finished

Repeat this process until you have surrounded the entire bowl. Make sure to keep the sides close together, as they tend to expand during baking.

Basket with Braided Top

Take two remaining dough strips, braid them together, then drape along the bottom to give a cool design for what will be the top of your basket.

Dough brushed with butter

Brush the whole basket with melted butter.

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees, then knock oven down to 350 degrees when you place it in the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes.

Baked Bread Basket

Remove and allow to cool for 30 minutes on the foil-wrapped bowl, then remove.

Braided Bread

This bowl bakes up light, fluffy, full of aroma and taste, and just simply looks amazing! The braided bread looks awesome and the bowl itself holds its form. For more stability, I’d suggest using a smaller bowl as your base to wrap the dough around. The smaller the bowl, the better the integrity and strength of the basket. These baskets are perfect for Easter egg hunts, decorative pieces, or simply holding rolls or biscuits for a Holiday party. Whatever you use it for, there’s no doubt people will be impressed by your bread baking skills!

Bread Basket

Decorative bread is where it’s at, and nothing is cooler than Braided Bread Baskets!