From the window of the bakery we are starting to see the tell-tale signs of the upcoming season – the “Merrie Christmas” sign on the Masonic Hall, staff rushing past with miles of twinkly lights ready to be strung in the park , it’s my absolute favourite time of year!
With all these festive preparations going on, we feel the need to get involved, and thought we’d start with a new Christmas window display. As you can imagine we are chock full of ideas for a season so strongly associated with food.
The temptation is so strong to nibble on our lovely creations before they make it to the window, we thought this year that we would make a lot of our display out of salt dough, and once baked will last forever. This inedible dough is so versatile and easy to use, I thought I would include our recipe in this post, perfect for handmade Christmas decorations!
4oz Plain flour
It is more the ratio of ingredients that matters, so double the flour to your quantity of salt and water – make as much or as little as you like!
Preheat your oven to its lowest heat setting.
Mix together all of the ingredients in a large bowl, until nicely combined. It should make a smooth dough, if it’s a little dry or wet you can add a tad more water or flour.
Make any shapes, structures or decorations that you like, be as creative as possible!
Bake your shapes on a baking sheet for around 3 hours, depending in its thickness, until hard.
We put our decorations in our bakery oven overnight once we finish baking for the day, it works a treat!
Once baked and cooled, paint your decorations with whatever design you fancy, we like ours as festive as possible!