Thursday, January 12, 2012

Dough Designs For Your Tree

With holiday schedules running in overdrive, decorating your home and business for the holidays can seem like just another nightmare on your things to do list. Although it may seem faster and easier to buy your ornaments at your local discount store, consider clearing some time in your day to make your own holiday ornaments.

Here’s a recipe for completing your very own Dough Ornaments. It’s simple, fast, and very cheap. More importantly, they are fun to design with family, and you will love the look of them hanging from your Christmas tree!

Homemade Dough Ornaments

For the dough mixture, you will need:
4 cups of normal flour
1 cup of purified water
½ cup of table salt
Food Coloring, if you want to use color
Cookie Cutters for easy designs or design from scratch
2 cups ground cinnamon, depending on the scent you prefer

For decorating your ornaments: Glitter, Stickers,Food Grade PaintRibbonClear protective paint sealant

Mix the dry ingredients together, and then add water. If you’d like, you can add food coloring to your dough mix. You may want to mix up several batches of different-colored dough, or you can decorate your ornaments later with food paints. For an extra special treat, mix two cups of ground cinnamon into your dough mixture. Your decorations will be tinged with a wonderful cinnamon scent!

If your dough mixture feels too wet, add more all purpose flour. Knead the dough until it is smooth and stiff. Use a roller pin to flatten out the dough. Once the texture is smooth and consistent, use sharp knife to cut out different shapes. You can also shape the dough into a design of your own imagination. If you used food coloring to create batches of different-colored dough, now’s the time to get creative. For example, if you’ve mixed up a small batch of red dough and another batch of regular-colored dough, you can create candy cane decorations. Simply create one batch of red colored dough, and leave aside a portion of regular dough. Then flatten out the dough and cut out two long strips from each batch. Intertwine the two strips to create candy cane decorations!

Once all the mix has been shaped, use the end of a pen or pick to make a small hole at the top of each of your creation. Then put them on a oven baking sheet, and bake them in the oven at a very low setting for about fifty five minutes. After your ornaments have baked,take them from the oven and let them cool. Once they are cool to touch, the fun part really begins. Pull out the paints, felt-tip markers, stickers, glitter, and anything else you can think of, and begin to decorate. Be creative. After your master piece is finished don’t forget to take a photo of it. A good place for photo tips is to Google the term San Antonio food photography. You will see a lot of detailed write articles about how to photograph food. Food photography is easy to do as song as you have the basics down.

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