A loaf of freshly baked bread is a welcomed gift for any occasion. Give a loaf as a hostess gift, housewarming present or as a gift for a special holiday or event. Unlike other gifts of food, such as candy or cookies, bread is a healthy and tasty offering. It might be a nonyeast quick bread, such as pumpkin bread or banana bread. For the more experienced baker, yeast bread, such as homemade wheat or Italian bread, is a delicious gift yet has a shorter shelf life.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Aluminium foil, plastic food wrap or a food storage bag
- Wrapping paper
- Ribbon or twine
Allow the fresh bread to cool. Wrapping bread while still hot will result in condensation, which promotes mould.
Wrap the bread in aluminium foil, cling film or enclose in a plastic food bag, removing as much air as possible from the bag. Before wrapping, don't slice or cut into the bread as that will accelerate drying.
Cut a rectangular piece of decorative wrapping paper or brown wrapping paper, that is 3 to 4 inches longer than the length of the bread, and wide enough so that the paper will wrap around the loaf with about an inch overlap. If you don't have brown wrapping paper, you can use paper from a large grocery sack. Cut out the bottom of the sack and cut down the length of the sack to create a rectangular piece of paper.
Lay the loaf of bread upside down on the centre of the wrong side of the wrapping paper (or brown paper). Wrap the loaf as you would a package. Bring two parallel sides of the paper around the loaf, allowing one side of the paper to overlap the other and then taping into place. Fold the paper at the ends of the loaf down to seal the package and tape into place.
Turn the package over and tie a ribbon or piece of twine around the length and width of the loaf package.
Decorate the top of the package by affixing an ornament or some small decorative handcrafted item on the ribbon or twine where the vertical and horizontal strands cross.
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