The Tree, Edible Art

I looked at the sourdough onion bread. (See recipe in my last post: http://lifeofcolors.com/2012/05/25/sourdough-onion-bread-machine-recipe). It looked back at me. It had fallen on it’s head when I was trying to take it out of the pan. It wasn’t badly damaged (and the flavor wasn’t affected)… just a little crinkly. What should I do?

It was time for the “food artist” to appear. Ta da! To the rescue! 🙂

“The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Two of my passions in life right now are baking home-made bread, and being an artist with different kinds of media. I first learned about “bread painting” a couple of months ago here: http://cheftessbakeresse.blogspot.com/p/decorative-and-painted-bread-craft.html

I took out the (edible) paints and started figuring out what to paint. I really looked at the bread and the shape of the crinkles and the folds. At first I was going to do some vines, leaves, and/or flowers… but then a tree started showing itself in the curves and crinkles! I began to paint and got more excited as I went along. I love texture and layers, and the bread texture brought out more of the trunk bark, branches and the leaves.

The crinkly bread.

The slight disaster turned into an edible work of art. I was able to give this bread to friends who had been away for several months as a welcome home gift. All of us were happy with the result! What do you think of it?

“Bread for myself is a material question. Bread for my neighbor is a spiritual one.”  – Nikolai Berdyaev

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