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Festive Bread

At the moment our Instagram feed is filled with festive bread baking inspiration. It's official, banana bread is out, festive bread and sourdough is in!

Festive themed bread baking has definitely added much needed cheer to this years Holiday season and we all know there is nothing better than the smell and taste of freshly baked bread.  

Every time I bake bread, I wonder why I don't do it more. So tasty and fresh with any added twist you can dream of and all without hidden nasties just the way we like it at Craft & Crumb. 

Here are a few of our favourite foodie Insta accounts and their sour and sweet doughy delights. We are totally inspired to bake up a festive storm!

 Santa Bread from @triplets_in_my_kitchen

These girls are just fantastic with all their wonderful creations and they just look like they are having a ball. Their hashtag just says it all really,  #gigglesandbakes! Their creations are not only super easy for kids to try in the kitchen, but they also offer ways to make your recipes vegan or gluten free.


The original @breadaheadbakery bread bun recipe  that they used is as follows:
*500g bread flour
*300g milk at room temperature (@alpro coconut & almond milk)
*4g yeast
*10g sugar and 10g salt
*50g butter (use @purefreefrom spread for vegan)

Mix everything together except for the butter. Then add the butter and knead until well incorporated for about 7 minutes. Divide your dough so that you can add food colouring to make the different Santa parts. Use @mycakedecor food colouring in red, black and add a little orange to the dough to make Santa’s skin colour. The dough for the beard, moustache and hat trimmings had no food colour added to it. Leave the dough pieces to rise for about 30minutes‍.
After 30min start making your Santa. Once made, the dough needs to rise for a further 40 minutes. Heat your oven to 190°C and bake your Santa bread for about 15-20minute

Sourdough Baking from @30minutefoodie

From all the way over the Atlantic, we have admired @30minutefoodie and her easy yet creative baking. We love her holiday themed twist on traditional recipes and this Christmas she has really pulled out all stops. Her serving and toddler snacking platters are so fabulous for a quick and impressive Holiday entertaining option. Check out these fun Christmas sourdough serving options, you can get the recipe from her saved stories.

Camembert and Sourdough Wreath by @sonny_loves_charlie

Sometimes we just don't have enough time at Christmas to make everything from scratch. That's where creating entertaining platters filled with our favouite store bought baked and cheese items are perfect for the Christmas table.

We love this delicious Camembert and Sourdough festive compilation from the Platter Queen herself, @sonny_loves_charlie. If cheese is not your thing, a delicious dip could be perfect in the middle too. 

If you are super organised on Christmas Day, you could use a basic bread or sourdough recipe to create it all yourself. We might follow @sonny_loves_charlie and stick to the food art method of entertaining as our Turkey will be filling the oven on Christmas day. 

To recreate this platter, select any store bought sourdough loaf or rye loaf or sourdough wheel. Remove the middle section of the bread, just enough to fit the cheese. Pierce the top of the cheese all over with a fork and place the whole thing into the oven until the cheese is all gooey (15 - 20 minutes). Serve with sprigs of rosemary and your favourite Chutney. You can even add some pomegranates or cranberries for a dash of Christmas red.

Check out her other account @plattersoftheworld for some major food art & platter inspiration.