Bread Sculpting with the Beauty of October in Mind

“Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease…
To Autumn By John Keats

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MATERIALS:
White, red and brown decorative dough

Sculpting Bread Dough Binding Liquid: 1175 g Granulated sugar, 1140 g Water, 420 g Glucose. Boil water, combine sugar and glucose, scale boiling water to desired weight, combine all ingredients and stir until all of the crystals have dissolved. ( Can be stored at room temperature for up to one week as the formula will be enough syrup for 4 batches of dead dough).
Basic Sculpting Bread Dough: 750 g white  flour, 250 g buckwheat flour, 640 g binding liquid. Combine all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add the desired binding liquid amount. Mix together by hand and add more liquid to achieve the desired consistency (when finished, the dough should feel smooth with no dry spots). Cover with plastic wrap or place in a box and cover with a damp cloth as it can be used for up to three days. Bake in a 160 degrees C oven at  until some color is achieved. Dough will be soft when removed from oven. It can be coloured with paprika, tea-powder, cocoa powder or beetroot powder.

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TOOLS:
Leaf cutters, sharp knife, tree template
INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Roll out different colours of dough (alternatively choose swirl-multicoloured) to 1 cm thickness.
2. Cut out many different shapes and sizes of leaves.
3. Cut out two trees (following pre-drawn tree silhouette template). Cut one in half vertically.

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4. Cut out a large circle following a pre-drawn template.
5. Shape long twigs that will cover the glue on the tree. Bake and let it to cool completely.
6. Assemble by using sugar glue or on the middle of large circle and sides. Arrange the leaves based on personal taste.To hide the glue place a long twig on all four touching points.

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“Just hanging around
Slowly turning beautiful
Before the fast fall.” Teri Casper

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