Looking for Bread suggestions
I volunteered to provide an item for a silent auction at a local event. I planned to do a cake in fondant to look like a gift package and some fancy cupcakes. The speaker at the event is the owner of a cupcake shop in a large town, about 2 hrs from us and winner of a 'Cupcake War' show. I was just told that having cupcakes on the tray was in bad taste due to the speakers business. (I am a new bakery business now baking from a rental kitchen) I got the idea they didn't want anything 'cake'. Aside from that, I just thought about doing a 'Bread Basket', literally.. a basket made of bread and filled with several 'artistic' breads.
The event is Friday. I bought a paket of ready sourdough culture, says to just add it to bread dough, intended for make at home one shot sourdough, says it's enought for 10-35 oz of flour - imported from Germany. Can I make a larger sourdough starter from this? How? (I think I will post this question ein another forum also.)
Which type bread would be best to make a basket? Would I braid bread and wrap it around a cake pan or stainless bowl and then bake it that way to retain it's shape? I am looking for some 'wow factor' breads to put inside the bowl... suggestions? Maybe things I can use the same starter/poolish for? I am thinking about 5-6, 1 lb items?? The remainder I can sell at a Farmers Market on Saturday. But I have to bake this Thursday.
Thanks a lot!