If so, I can help!
One of my favorite gifts to give is a loaf (or mini loaf) of homemade bread, paired with tea or coffee in a holiday-themed gift bag. It’s heartfelt, thoughtful, and useful. And best of all, it lends itself perfectly to minimal stress at the last minute.
What You Need
For the homemade bread
- Recipe (May I suggest this one, for Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread, or this one, for Best Banana Bread? Both require just a few basic bread-making ingredients and are fairly easy to execute. Unlike, for example, this ambitious recipe for Panettone, the traditional Italian Christmas bread.)
- Recipe ingredients
- Melissa’s secret ingredient: Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Chips 🙂
- Loaf pan and/or mini loaf pans (I swear by the Goldtouch line from Williams-Sonoma—they work wonderfully and will last a lifetime.)
For the accompanying tea/coffee
- Tea: Check out this article to get ideas on teas that pair well with different kinds of bread. This blog post from Great Harvest Bread Co. offers up additional suggestions, too. Hint: Everyone seems to agree that the flavors of pumpkin bread and chai complement one another perfectly.
- Coffee: The website Coffeeinated features this article about coffee pairings and foods, including breads. According to this article, try pumpkin and banana bread with Colombian or Costa Rican roasts.
For the packaging
- Aluminum foil, to wrap around the bread
- Wrapping paper, to wrap around next (I’m using this brown craft paper this year, for a rustic effect.)
- Tissue paper
- Holiday-themed gift bag
And that’s it! Heartfelt, thoughtful, useful. Happy Holidays, friends. 🙂