I love Pinterest. I am always searching for recipes, crafts, gardening, outfits…the possibilities are endless. While looking for ideas to decorate my Thanksgiving table, I came across a beautifully baked cornucopia and thought “I can do that”. I immediately put it on my schedule (yes, I have a Thanksgiving schedule). I started prepping 4 days early. Because I work full time and this is my busy time of the year, I needed a game plan to ensure I didn’t spend the entire holiday in the kitchen.
Wednesday night, I called an audible and decided I couldn’t squeeze the cornucopia into my plans. However, all was not lost, I was having a dinner party on Saturday and it would be the centerpiece.
Now, I consider myself pretty crafty and can follow directions fairly well. This project seemed easy. First the directions said to use a water bottle to form the cone. This didn’t produce the results I was looking for. I got creative and used a butternut squash (part of tonight’s menu). This worked like a charm. I covered the squash with foil until I had the right shape.
I was ready for step two. I bought 5 tubes of pizza dough, in case I ran into trouble (which I did). Directions said to roll out the dough and cut into 1″ strips. This did not go as planned. 1″ was too thin and I didn’t roll the dough out enough. I trashed 1 tube immediately. Next tube, I cut into wider strips and then stretched them to fit. Much better. I used a total 2 tubes.
Because I sprayed the foil cone with a layer of oil, this step was messier than expected. At this point, I am fairly confident this project will be a disaster, I see myself posting one of those epic Pinterest fails. But, not one to give up, I forged on and even add the braided edge!
I coated with a light egg wash to hopefully turn it golden brown, sprinkled with salt and baked 325 degrees for about 30 minutes. Halfway through, I had to cover the top with foil to not burn.
I let completely cool before filling with all the good stuff! Once seeing the finished project, I am looking forward to making again!