Growing up my Grandma and Grandpa would bring a box of goodies from a local bakery to any gathering at my parents. It was always a white bow with piece of red & white twine holding it all together. I just liked the look of the box simply because I knew there were a ton of sweet treats in the box that my Mother would never have bought for us!
So now when I give a baked good as a gift I like to present it in a way that reminds me of my Grandparents' sweet treats. And it beyond easy to create the "bakery look"!
All you need is parchment paper, red & white twine and a sweet treat. For L's teachers I bake my banana bread recipe but instead of using one large tin I used four mini loaf tins and bake them for half an hour.
Once the bread has completely cooled wrap it with the parchment paper much like you would a gift box. Just make sure to tuck sides under. (I guess you could tape them under but I never have.)
Then I take a long piece of baker's twine and double it on itself. (Again this too is like wrapping a gift box.) One trick that I find helpful is to place the ends of the twine under the top twine before I make my bow. You can make sure that the twine is really snug this way.
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