From Gourmet Gifts: 100 Delicious Recipes for Every Occasion to Make Yourself and Wrap with Style by DINAH CORLEY
If you own a food processor but not a single bread pan, you are probably a good cook who lacks baking confidence! Working with yeast dough can be rewarding, and it need not be intimidating. Cardamom Coffee Can Cake is a great place to start building your skills with yeast dough. This recipe involved no guesswork, no kneading -- and no bread pans. You will need the food processor and three hours of time, start to finish. You can make the starched burlap bows for the cans while the bread is rising and baking.
Wrapping it up:
Cover the cake tops with 9- or 10-inch squares of parchment paper. Attach the four corners of the paper to the sides of the can with a small strip of double-face tape, pressing the corners firmly to the can. Once the cake tops are securely covered with parchment paper, the cans can be simply or elaborately embellished. If you are pressed for time, just wind colored twine around the parchment and slip a gift card between the twine and the parchment. But in the time it takes the coffee cake to rise and bake, you can make these big stiff burlap bows for the cans.
-- 4 strips (about 18 x 2 inches each) burlap or other loosely woven cotton or linen fabric thin-gauge craft or floral wire
-- Spray fabric stiffener (available at craft stores)
-- Double-face tape
-- Glue gun
How to make starched burlap bows:
1. Use a pin or sharp skewer to unravel three or four rows of thread from each edge of each burlap or other fabric strip. Use 2 of the strips to make 2 bows; pinch the fabric strip tightly at the center with one hand, forming the bow loops with the other hand and adding them to the pinched center. Wrap wire around the pinched center of the bow and twist it tightly to accentuate and secure the bow’s shape. Apply the fabric stiffener according to the manufacturer’s directions, and put the bows in a well-ventilated place to dry.
3. When the bows are dry, press them in place over the knotted center of the burlap can surrounds and use the free ends of the knotted surrounds to tie the bow in place. If the bows are too wobbly, give them additional stability with strategically placed dabs of hot glue.