Baking Bread as a Gift
Did you know bread makes a frugal gift for anyone? Quick breads are easiest to make which require no rising. There are a variety of quick bread recipes to double and share. What makes bread gift giving easier?
Baking and freezing in quantity
I allow the bread to completely cool on a cooling rack (prevents sogginess on the bottom and quicker cooling) for a couple hours and package in a clear cellophane bag. I purchase the clear bags on the party isle from Wal-Mart. They are nice quality and show the fruit of your labor. I tie a pretty scrap grosgrain ribbon and it becomes a thoughtful gift.
I’m preparing this double batch of mini-loaves of zucchini bread for a church bake sale. I hope to sell these eye-pleasing loaves for a $1 donation.
While I had the oven hot, I baked four loaves of Artisan bread after I baked the 8 mini-loaves and 10 muffins. . This is an easy 5 minute dough made in a plastic shoebox. Intrigued? Click here for the recipe.
Two of these will be donated for a ladies gathering for door prizes. The other two will accompany freezer manicotti for two new moms within our church.
It’s all about working smarter and not harder. It looks like I spent all day baking, but in reality, it took me about fifteen minutes prep time doubling the quick bread recipe and five minutes shaping the Artisan dough I mixed several days ago.
All of this will go into the freezer until the event day. I’ll remove and thaw 12 hours to deliver fresh bread as a ministry gift.
You ALWAYS have a thoughtful, inexpensive gift on hand if you freeze several mini-loaves. Tip: Place the cellophane bags in a gallon freezer bag for long term storage.
How about gifting a neighbor or friend who won’t accept money for babysitting? They’ll always accept food:)
Have you ever combined your freezer and bread for gift-giving purposes? Who could you gift this week?