Coming up with ways to decorate your dining table can be difficult, especially if you’ve exhausted every ornament you can find. One great way to decorate it that you might not have tried yet, however, is with food.
That’s right, food on the dining table doesn’t just have to be the meal you eat. There are plenty of ways to display beautiful food as if they were ornaments themselves.
Bread baskets, for instance, can immediately make a table look more professional, beautiful, and they give off a beautiful aroma too, which means you don’t need to keep lighting those scented candles you were given for Christmas!
With this in mind, here are five breads that will knock the socks off your guests and provide the perfect accompaniment and ornamental piece to your dining room:
One of the most luxurious and pretty bakes out there is the challah bread. This is usually braided and eaten on ceremonial holidays such as Shabbat or Hanukkah, but anyone can have a go at making it. If you want to make it look even more beautiful on the table, present it on a challah board instead of a bread basket. After all, you want to give your beautifully braided challah bread the stage it deserves – especially if you’ve taken hours to get it right!
You can’t go wrong with baguettes. For one, they are synonymous with French cuisine, meaning they can light up your dining room as if it might be a French, michelin-starred restaurant! Just proceed with caution; your guests might be expecting the food to be like a michelin-starred menu too, so you’ll have your work cut out for you by setting their expectations so high.
Freshly baked pitta bread not only looks beautiful, but it is a great accompaniment to almost any meal. If you cut your loaf into small triangles, you can also invite your guests to pick and nibble without seeing your centrepiece get torn apart – as you would with the challah or baguette bread. If you want to go all in, too, perhaps fill a couple of jars with olives and feta cheese and place it on either side. Then your masterpiece will be complete!
This is a bread that originates from Italy, made of dimpled yeast and baked at a high temperature in a sheet pan. The scents of this bread, along with the olive oil and rosemary that you can decorate it with, will make your dining room feel even more cosy than it did before. Not to mention, focaccia literally means “fireplace bread”. So this bread, in the bread basket, with a roaring fire in the corner of the room, is simply unbeatable. Bellissimo!
We’re going a bit out there on this one, but there’s nothing to stop you filling your bread basket with a dessert bread rather than a savoury one. Banana bread gives off a gorgeous, fruity aroma and it is sure to make the mouths of your guests tingle when they sit down for supper. The only issue is that they will have to sit through that supper before they can tuck in!