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Pre-heat Christmas cheer with oven-baked ornaments

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If you’re looking to avoid adding ornaments to an already long shopping list, or are in the market for customised ones  that will give your home an extra personal touch, look no further than your kitchen for inspiration.  Plus, it’s so simple that  even your kids can get involved, making it a fun time for all.

And it’s not too different from making cookies at any time of the year. Here are some tips for baking your own Christmas decorations using nothing more than dough.

Mixing the dough

To make the dough for the Christmas ornaments, mix 2 cups of flour with 1 cup of salt and 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Then slowly add ¾ to 1 cup of water and stir until the mixture achieves the consistency of clay.

The Electrolux EHSM2000 Stand Mixer, with its large 2.5l bowl is ideal for automating the mixing process and saves you both time and energy. With five speed settings, use a lower one to help mix the dough into the right consistency for shaping later.

 

Shaping the ornaments

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You can bake and shape your own Christmas ornaments using dough.

When you have the “clay” prepared, it’s time for the fun part. Simply add food colouring to the dough at this stage if you prefer not to paint it on later.  Now shape the clay into Christmas patterns such as trees, snowflakes or gingerbread men. Use a cookie cutter to cut the dough into the desired shapes, just make sure they’re not  too thick, or they may crack during baking later.

If you’re planning to hang up the ornaments, be sure to make a small hole at the top of the shape so that  a ribbon or string can be threaded through it later.

 

Baking it right

Now that the dough is ready to be baked, pre-heat the oven to about 150oC and bake the dough for approximately one hour. To achieve a shiny gold finish , brush the dough with egg yolk before putting it in.

The Electrolux EOB303X-1 comes with Ultra Fan convection cooking that ensures the ornaments are evenly baked rather than over- or under-baked on one side. This large 66l oven also allows multi-level cooking, which makes baking up a big batch  easy and fuss-free.  .

 

Painting the ornaments

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Let your kids have fun and help with painting the ornaments for your home.

Now that the ornaments are baked, it’s time to make them sparkle. If food colouring wasn’t used earlier,  add poster or acrylic paints at this stage to colour the ornaments, then put on  a layer of glue and sprinkle on glitter for that extra shine.

When all the details have been painted or glued on, spray or paint over the final result with lacquer or varnish. Let this final coat dry and voila! Your very own  homemade Christmas ornaments to add that festive cheer all through the season.

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