Do you ever realize that just when you thought you had everyone covered, there is a friend or a neighber that you really want to do something for? Here is a sweet way to remember someone that is tasty, warm, personal and useful that doesn't break the bank, but adds that extra touch that says you gave some thought to your gift. It is a bread cozy for a loaf of your special bread. The great thing about this cozy is that you can use any scraps of fabric that you may have. You can make a few in advance to have ready for when your bread is baked and your friend can use it again to keep bread warm when she takes her own bread to share at a family or church function. (Or wherever)
- Measure your bread pan on the outside from rim end to rim end and the sides from rim end to rim end, both going under the pan and back up the other side. Add one inch to the measurements.
- Cut 2 pieces of fabric and one piece of batting according to the measurements. I cut mine 12" x 16" . In retrospect, I could have gone a little smaller.
- Place fabric right sides together on top of the batting. Leaving an opening for turnig on one end, stitch all the way around using a 1/2" seam. Trim the seams and corners and flip right side out.
- Press, then stitch the opening shut. You can stitich by hand or on the machine and top stitch all around.
- Place your bread pan in the center of the rectangle and pinch up the cornors like this:
- Tie 4 bows and tack them at each pinned corner, stitching the corners together at the same time. It should end up looking like this:
Citrus is getting ripe and so prolific right now that this is a great time of year to bake an Orange Poppy seed Loaf. It is super quick and simple to whip up and the orange glaze makes it extra special. Do you have lemons instead of oranges? It works for lemons just as well. Here is the recipe: