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« on: September 23, 2011 04:09:58 AM »


I'm not sure what the case is in the rest of the world, but here in UK around the Autumn equinox we celebrate Harvest Festival. It's a time for us to be thankful for the harvest and share food with people who are less fortunate. Churches are often decorated with fruit, vegetables and other food. It is also tradition to make bread that looks like a sheaf of wheat.

I wanted to make one for one of the schools I work at. As it was going to be on display in the school for 5 days before Harvest Festival Service I needed to make it from a decorative bread dough and it didn't matter if it wouldn't be edible.


I used the Hamelmans Light Yeasted Decorative Dough recipe but scaled it down to make just 900g of dough. (525g strong white bread flour, 2g fast action yeast, 8 g salt, 26g milk powder, 23g sugar, 26g butter, softened, 290ml warm water) Meaning that 400g for base, 40 x 10g wheat stalk, 3 x 20g braid, 30-40g mouse. I think the photos above explain the process better than I could ever do with words! It took about 2.5 to build then another 2 hours being slowly baked at 160oc.

I really enjoyed making it as the dough was so easy to use, but the dough did need to be chilled when not being used to stop it rising too much and being unworkable.

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« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2011 05:03:36 AM »

Beautiful! It looks like a ton of work went into it, and the mouse is so cute! Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2011 05:22:26 AM »

Beautiful work Pretty in Pink! Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2011 10:15:34 AM »

Looks wonderful!
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« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2011 01:36:35 PM »

impressive. I like the little mouse.
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« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2011 04:05:49 PM »

What a festive way to celebrate Autumn!
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« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2011 04:23:01 PM »

very pretty! a perfect thing for a thanksgiving table!  (which I'm guessing is a kin to your Harvest Festival?)
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« Reply #7 on: October 03, 2011 02:33:23 PM »

beautiful!  and the mouse is super cute!
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« Reply #8 on: October 12, 2011 10:16:41 AM »

Holy moley that is gorgeous.
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« Reply #9 on: October 26, 2011 12:02:03 PM »

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