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December 11th, 2014

Neighborhood Gift Idea #1: Homemade Bread

Okay, so there are a couple different options for this gift. You can either make the bread and deliver it…fresh from the oven for best results, or as a mix for them to make. Either way I’ve got you covered with the recipe cards to print out and ideas for how to dress it up! If you haven’t heard of EZ BREAD click HERE to learn more about it.  Trust me, this will make the favorite neighbor this year!  With so many sweets getting passed around, sometimes I think it’s nice to offer a nice hearty gift that isn’t laced with sugar and icing.


Okay, this is what I did. If you follow me on FACEBOOK, you know I was making many loaves of bread for my husband to take this year as his work gift. In fact, I bought everything I needed yesterday at the DOLLAR STORE (Dollar Tree). The beauty of it is I didn’t buy anything that was particularly Christmas like so they had plenty of everything. So here is what I did. I bought the following from the Dollar Tree: Bread Pans (not the flimsy ones), cellophane wrap, 3 packs of big red swirly bows, little bottles of jam to include, and shiny red basket filling, and tags. Then I went home and baked my little heart out. I baked the bread in the pans (make sure you spray them really well with your non-stick cooking spray) and put the aluminum foil over the top of the bread (shiny side up) for the last 15 minutes of baking. Then I took the bread out of the pans to cool. To wrap the bread, I put the bread back in the pan (help it to not get squished and looks more impressive). Then I cut a piece of cellophane a little longer then my stove top (put the roll at the back by your knobs and cut a little longer out than where you stove top stops). Place the bread in the center. Put some basket filling in front of the pan. Place the jam in the center of the basket filling and a recipe card behind the jam. (Download below.) Pull all the corners up and tie with a piece of regular wrapping ribbon (TIP: You’ll want to have the poof on top not be in the center but inbetween the bread and jam-it helps distribute the weight better). Attach big swirly bow and tag. SUPER IMPRESSIVE LOOKING! So if you want to do that download the recipe cards below.


I fully understand that you’re probably busy (I know I am!) so if you don’t want to spend your afternoon baking your heart out. Spend just an hour or so mixing your heart out! This bread also makes a GREAT mix! I found this jar at the Dollar Tree and it holds enough mix for ONE loaf of bread. Just mix the ingredients together and put in a jar or bag and attach the recipe card (you can download below) and you’re done! Get a big assembly line going and get your family to help!


1/3 c. brown sugar
2 3/4 c. whole wheat flour
1/4 c. wheat gluten
1 t. salt
2 T. powdered milk
1/4 c. potato flakes


Thanks to everyone who entered to win a FREE Michael Buble Christmas CD. It is my absolute favorite CD! Anyway…on to the part you all care about, the WINNERS! If you’re a winner, please send me an email at everydayfoodstorage (at) gmail (dot) com with your address….and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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  • Dawn R Deutsch

    November 28, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Can I substitute Whole Wheat Bread Flour? If so do I still need the Gluten? Same measurements?

    • eatfoodstorage

      November 28, 2012 at 10:31 am

      You wouldn’t need gluten.

  • Are We Crazy, Or What?

    November 28, 2012 at 10:40 am

    It’s such a thoughtful gift to give yeast bread. People think you slaved for hours and hours………:) I was going to give some mixes in mason jars but your container from the dollar tree looks more festive. Thanks for such great ideas. Going to try making the EZ bread today.

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  • Erin

    December 16, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    Can you freeze this bread?

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