Beer Bread Mix Gift Basket: Recipes from Quick Gifts From the Kitchen

Make this fun gift basket by placing a bag of Beer Bread Mix (recipe below) and a bag of Garden Bread Seasoning Blend (recipe below) in a terracotta pot that is filled with paper shred. Tie a strip of fabric or ribbon around the edge of the pot into a bow.

To make a fabric bag for the bread mix, cut 2 pieces of fabric 6-1/2” wide X 11-1/2” high, using pinking shears. Pin the two pieces of fabric together, right sides facing each other. Sew (either by hand or machine) around the sides and bottom of the bag using a 1/4” seam allowance. Turn bag right side out.

Beer Bread Mix

3 cups self-rising flour
1/3 cup granulated sugar

In a large bowl, combine ingredients until well blended. Place mix in a plastic zipper-type bag. Place plastic bag inside a fabric gift bag and tie closed with jute or raffia (see instructions above for making a fabric bag). Attach cooking instruction tag. For a gift basket idea, place the bag in a terracotta flower pot with a bag of Garden Herb Bread Seasoning (recipe below). Or place bag of mix in a loaf pan with a can of beer.

To Prepare: Preheat oven to 350º.  Place mix in large bowl and add one 12 oz. can of beer (at room temperature) and 2 tablespoons melted butter or margarine. Blend just until ingredients are moistened.  Pour into a greased and floured 9” X 5” loaf pan. Bake for 50 minutes or until done.  Remove from pan and cool on a wire rack. Serve warm.

Garden Herb Bread Seasoning

1/3 cup dried parsley flakes
1/3 cup dried minced onion
2-1/2 tablespoons dried basil leaves, crushed

In a small bowl, blend all ingredients together. Recipe makes about 1 cup of seasoning. Place about 1/4 cup of mix into each of four small zipper-type bags. Bundle each plastic bag inside a 10” square of fabric and tie closed with raffia or jute as shown at left. Attach cooking instruction tag. Place bundle inside a small terracotta flower pot filled with paper shred. Tie a strip of fabric or ribbon around edge of pot into a bow. Or place in a large terracotta pot along with a bag of Beer Bread Mix as described above.

To Use Mix: Add one tablespoon seasoning blend to a package of hot roll mix or your favorite quick bread recipe. Prepare and bake bread as directed on package or recipe.

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