Are you looking for edible Thanksgiving centerpiece ideas? There are many ideas that can help you but we shall tell you how to make cornucopia bread which will really impress your guests!
Cornucopia is a symbol of plentiful harvests, prosperity and often used as Thanksgiving home decoration. It is a long, hollow, horn-shaped basket and is filled with fruits and vegetables that symbolize the fall harvest and everything that Nature blesses us with.
For something different this year, bake your own cornucopia bread centerpiece! You can arrange it on a charcuterie board and fill it with cheese and cured meats or with nuts, fruits and vegetables.
How to Make Cornucopia Bread – Easy Recipe to Try for Thanksgiving
¼ cup sugar
2 tbsp. dry yeast
6 ½ cups all-purpose flour, plus more for flouring work surface
1 Tbs. plus 1 pinch salt, divided
1/2 cup olive oil, plus more to coat bowl
1 large egg
1/2 cup melted butter, optional
Shape the cornucopia mold
Take a water bottle.
Lay out a sheet of foil and start wrapping your water bottle at an angle to create a foil cone.
Smooth out the foil.
Continue adding layers until you have a thick cone.
Fold over the ends of the foil so the edge is extra thick.
Once you have it all folded, stretch out the edges of the foil by pulling it up with your hands so you have a wide opening.
Remove the water bottle and stretch out the center so you have a wide opening. If you feel your mold still isn’t strong enough you can stuff the center with foil.
Bend the end of the cornucopia mold.
Set aside and prepare the dough.
Prepare the dough:
Dissolve sugar in 2 cups warm water. Stir yeast into sugar-water mixture and let stand 5 minutes.
Combine flour and 1 Tbs. salt in the bowl of stand mixer fitted with dough hook. Add yeast mixture and oil, and beat with mixer 3 to 5 minutes, or until dough forms smooth, sticky ball that hits against sides of mixing bowl.
Rub a large bowl with oil, place dough in bowl, cover, and let rise 1 hour in warm place.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
Roll out one-third of dough to 20- x 6-inch rectangle. Cut dough into four 20- x 11/2-inch strips.
Spray your foil cornucopia mold with non-stick cooking spray. Wrap the dough strips one by one so they are slightly overlapping.
Repeat with remaining dough until cone is completely wrapped in overlapping strips of dough.
When finished, braid three strips of dough, and wrap around the wide end of cone. Lay cone on its side on prepared baking sheet.
Beat the egg with 1 tsp of water in a small bowl. Brush egg wash all over your cornucopia bread.
Bake cornucopia bread for 20 to 25 minutes, or until light golden brown.
Remove cornucopia from oven. Let the bread cool a bit and then gently remove the foil. Return cornucopia to oven, and bake 20 minutes more, or until inside of cornucopia is dry and beginning to brown.
Cool on wire rack.
Cornucopia Bread Ideas and Recipe Variations
Can you make cornucopia bread with store-bought dough? Yes, of course. You can use bread or pizza dough, even puff pastry. Just follow the instructions and swap homemade dough with the store bought. Slice the dough (or puff pastry) into long strips and wrap them around the foil cone. Brush with egg was and bake.
Can you add herbs to the dough? Surely, you can! Herbs likes rosemary, thyme, dried oregano will add great flavor to your cornucopia bread.
For a sweet version of Cornucopia bread you can use ready-to-bake cinnamon rolls. You need to carefully unroll each roll into a strip and wrap them around the foil cone. Bake until golden brown and cool on wire rack. Optionally, you can drizzle with sugar icing.
What to Fill Your Cornucopia Bread With?
Home made dinner rolls
Assorted fruit and cheese – grapes, apples, pomegranates, pears, etc.
As you see, there are many ways to bake cornucopia bread. Cornucopia can be made a day ahead and all you need to do on Thanksgiving is fill it with whatever you want and. You will have an edible Thanksgiving centerpiece that looks like made by a professional baker!