How to Make Fake Bread

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Sometimes you want the look of fresh bread without its annoying habit of getting stale and moldy after a few days. Maybe you need it for a restaurant display or a stage prop. Or maybe you want realistic toys for a play kitchen. Whatever the reason, fake bread is easy to make with most of the same ingredients you would use to make real bread. Unlike real bread, however, it will stay fresh-looking for years as long as you keep it dry and out of direct sunlight.

Things You'll Need

  • Mixing bowl
  • Mixing spoon
  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Water
  • Oven
  • Clear-drying craft glue
  • Old paint brush
  • Sesame seeds or other decorations (optional)
  • Knife
  • Bread basket
  • Cloth dinner napkin
  • Mix 4 cups of flour, 1 cup of salt and 2 cups of water in a mixing bowl.

  • Knead this fake bread dough the same way as you would real bread. Put both hands into the dough, fold it into the center and push down. Repeat four to five times so the dough becomes a pliable ball. Stop before the dough becomes stiff. Cooking.com advises baking the fake bread within 20 minutes to prevent the dough from getting cracks.

  • Create a loaf by forming the dough into the desired shape.

  • Cut a straight line lengthwise down the center of the loaf.

  • Bake the fake bread until it browns in an oven set at 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Check it at 20 minutes. Adjust the time and temperature for your oven, if necessary.

  • Brush craft glue over the top of the fake bread to simulate the shine from egg white on real bread, if desired. Sprinkle the top with sesame seeds or other decoration.

  • Place a cloth napkin in a bread basket, and display the fake bread in the same way as a real loaf of fresh baked bread.

Tips & Warnings

  • Add food coloring to the recipe for different colors. A little bit of yellow makes it look like egg bread. A little bit of brown makes it look like whole wheat.
  • Shape the dough into any shape bread you want.
  • Keep the fake bread out of reach of children and pets. This recipe is not intended for eating.
  • Although the dough is similar to bread dough, it does not contain yeast, so don't expect it to rise. The shape you form the dough into is the same shape it will be after baking.
  • Photo Credit Italian BREAD image by brelsbil from Fotolia.com
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