I can't help myself. I'm in love with Artisan Bread in Five Minutes A Day. I've been in love it with it since my hubby bought himself the book for his birthday last year. We make it two to three times a week, and whenever there's a potluck or a brunch, or we get invited out, I always offer to bring bread. Why? Because it's so easy and delicious and people are always impressed by homemade bread.
My dilemma has always been in the presentation of it. I've wrapped it in aluminum foil (not impressive), a plastic bag (also not impressive), and once I even brought the container of dough to bake at my friend's house. That one was probably the most impressive because we actually got to smell the bread as it was baking and enjoy the loaf fresh out of the oven. But bringing raw dough isn't always an option.
Enter the Artisan Bread Keeper.
This is insulated to keep freshly-baked bread warm. There's a little chimney at the top to let steam and moisture out.
The drawstring doubles as handle which makes for easy toting, while the insulation provides the bread with padding.
When you get to your destination, nonchalantly set it on the countertop. People will wonder what what on earth is in the humble package.
Gasp! Homemade bread? You made it yourself?
Yeah, baby. You made it yourself. You also made that awesome cozy it came in. When the bread is cut up, serve it directly in the bread keeper (which doubles as a bread basket). If the hostess looks jealous, you can give it to her and make yourself another.
Any leftover bread can stay in the keeper--just pull the drawstring tight.
One more thing, when you need to clean it, simply shake out the crumbs and throw it in the wash.
The pattern for this is available as a PDF in my etsy shop. Enjoy! :)