Friday, November 11, 2011

Bread Belly Bands

One of my most favorite gifts to give (and receive) is homemade bread. It makes a great hostess gift or thank gift. I love to dress them up just a bit by attaching a paper pieced belly band. This one features the 'Thanksgiving' set from Designs on Cloud 9. I just love how they came out and it is something that the special person can keep long after the yummy bread is gone.

5 to 6 c. flour
3 tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. salt
2 pkg. dry yeast
2 c. water
1/4 c. vegetable oil
In large bowl, combine 2 cups flour, sugar, salt and yeast. Blend well. In small saucepan, heat water and oil until very lukewarm (120 to 130 degrees). Add warm liquid to flour mixture. Blend until moistened, then beat with beater 3 minutes. Stir in 2 1/2 to 3 cups flour until dough pulls cleanly away from side of bowl.Knead 10 minutes, adding a little flour at a time, if dough feels sticky. Grease lump of dough. Put in bowl to rise and cover with towel. Let rise until double, then punch down. Divide dough into 2 parts and shape into balls. Let rise on counter covered with inverted bowl for 15 minutes.
Shape into loaves and place in 2 greased pans. Let rise in warm place about 1 hour or until it has risen about 1 inch above pans. Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes or until loaf sounds hollow. Remove from pans and brush top with butter. Makes 2 loaves.


  1. Manda, this is great! A recipe, too???!!!!Sweet!

  2. Manda, like you, and all of us crafters, we love giving home made gifts, and to make home made bread, and then to make the belly band to go with it, it looks like it could be the centerpiece on the Thanksgiving dinner table!! I can't wait to make this bread!! Thanks for sharing your beautiful work, and the wonderful recipe!! Karen♥

  3. Great gift and wonderful recipe!!!
    Thank you sew much for sharing!!
    Hugs, Love, and Pixie Dust
    Her Craftiness