Bringing dough to life

first_imgSkip Published 11:00 pm Friday, October 19, 2012 Print Article Bringing dough to life Book Nook to reopen Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits You Might Like Pioneer Days continue today at the Museum Students from Union Springs and Banks School donned hats and played “She’ll be Comin’ Round the Mountain” on percussion instruments…. read more Susan Berry carefully sculpts her dough figures and gives them whimsical faces and clothes.Dough art is an ancient craft.Just how far back in goes, no one can say for sure. But, for sure, as long as the thousands of years that people have been making bread.There is little doubt that, as bread was being made, it was shaped and formed for amusement rather than nutrition. For a long time, dough art that is simply made from flour, salt and water was very popular in the South but then came “dough’ that you could buy with “dough” and people starting buying instead of baking, said Susan Berry, a local dough artist.“Dough art is ancient,” she said. “Those many years ago, during the harvest season, people in the Scandinavian countries made bread ornaments for their walls as an expression of thanks for their daily bread.“In Mexico, dough figures were made and placed in coffins to ward off evil spirits. And the Native Americans used dough art to make symbols of fertility and they were given as gifts. “Then, it’s inexpensive and you’ve already got everything that you need to create dough art right there in your kitchen – flour, salt and water. All you need to add is a heaping, helping of creativity.”To make a “batch” of dough for artistic endeavors, use 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of salt and 1 cup of water.“That’s one making but you can make a bucket full but just be sure to use the 2-1-1 formula,” Berry said. “You should kneed the dough in a ball until it is smooth and not sticky. If it does get too sticky, add a little more flour before you start to make your ornaments.”The ornaments should be “created” on a cookie sheet.“You can’t shape the ornaments on something else and transfer them to the cookie sheet for baking because they will lose their shape,” Berry said.A variety of kitchen tools can be used to shape and detail the ornaments but Berry recommends the old-fashioned toothpick.“You can use knives, forks, whatever to detail the ornaments but you’ll always come back to the toothpick,” she said, laughing. “Nothing will detail like a toothpick.”And, there’s a trick to giving the ornaments character – whether the ornament is a Halloween witch or a Christmas little angel.When creating your ornaments, work fast,” Berry said. “If you hurry, the ornaments will have character. If you take too long, they will look stale and stagnant and you might was well use a cookie cutter.”But there’s nothing “cookie cutter” about dough ornaments.“Each one has a personality,” Berry said. “You can try to make two just alike but you can’t and that’s what so wonderful about dough art. There are no two exactly alike.”Once the ornaments have been created they are ready for baking.“The ornaments should be baked on the middle rack of the oven at 240 degrees,” Berry said. “They are ‘ready’ when you can shake them loose from the cookie sheet. It usually takes about two hours. But depending on the thickness of the ornament, it could take 24 hours. Don’t be impatient. This is creation. It takes awhile.”When the dough art ornaments are fully baked, they are ready for painting.“Just like the making, the decorating can be done with things that you already have at home,” Berry said. “If you don’t have a small paint brush, you’ll need one. But for painting, you can use watercolor blocks –the kind kindergarteners use. The ones in tin boxes and a paintbrush come with them. You can use acrylic paint or house paint. Or you can use old bottles of fingernails polish or new bottles. You can also use food coloring to color the dough before you shape it.“But no matter what you use to paint the ornaments, you must seal them with a commercial sealer. I like to spray the ornaments. The sealer goes on smoother. And you don’t want to get too close or it will go on too thick.”The dough art ornaments came be used to decorate trees, for gifts, as magnets or jewelry.“You can be as creative with the purpose for the ornaments as you were when you made them,” Berry said. “They need to be kept in an airtight container when not being on display or used for their specific purpose.”Berry said during the upcoming harvest and Christmas seasons, she highly recommends making ornaments rather than buying them.“Families and friends can get together and have so much fun making holiday ornaments and, while they are doing so, they capture memories for a lifetime,” Berry said. “These handmade ornaments make cherished gifts. There’s no gift that’s as appreciated as one that is made with love.” Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Email the author Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Sponsored Content “Some cultures didn’t use salt in their dough art either because it was not available or because it was too expensive. Dough art has been around a long time and had many uses.”Berry has been making dough art for 40 years or more and still has some of the earliest pieces to prove it.“It seems that, as more people are now wanting to do things the ‘real’ way, there is more interest in dough art, especially when decorating for the holidays,” she said. “It used to be that trees were decorated just for the Christmas season. Now, trees of different kinds are decorated for almost every holiday and dough art is a making a comeback.“And, what’s so good about dough art is that, first, it’s something that you can do as a family. It’s kid friendly and fun. 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HMS Ocean starts final deployment before decommissioning

first_img View post tag: HMS Ocean Back to overview,Home naval-today UK helicopter carrier HMS Ocean starts final deployment before decommissioning UK helicopter carrier HMS Ocean starts final deployment before decommissioning August 29, 2017 Share this articlecenter_img Getting underway from Naval Base Plymouth on Tuesday, helicopter carrier HMS Ocean started her final deployment as a commissioned Royal Navy ship.The fleet flagship – a role that will be taken by the new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth – will be joining NATO’s Standing Maritime Group 2 in the Mediterranean as flagship.HMS Ocean and her crew are expected to return home in December.Currently the Royal Navy’s sole helicopter carrier, Ocean is set to be decommissioned next year and her role will be taken up by the HMS Queen Elizabeth.Commissioned in October 1995, the 202-meter long HMS Ocean replaced HMS Bulwark as fleet flagship in June 2015. In her role as a helicopter carrier and amphibious assault ship, Ocean is designed to deliver troops by helicopter or by landing craft.After her decommissioning was announced, Brazilian media reports rumored the HMS Ocean could be sold to the Brazilian Navy for a “reasonable price”.The UK defense ministry earlier said that ‘a number of options’ were still in play regarding the future of HMS Ocean adding that it was too early to talk about specifics. Authorities View post tag: Royal Navylast_img read more

Stencilled Cupcakes

first_imgQ: How do you get that wonderful shiny gold finish on your stencilled cupcakes?A: It is not difficult at all, you just need a good quality cake stencil – Lindy’s Cakes sells a good selection http://www.lindyscakes.co.uk/shop/Stencils/ and some white vegetable fat.I use Trex, and some edible gold lustre dust, I find that the Squires Kitchen lustres give you the most brilliant finish. Place your chosen cake stencil on some freshly rolled out sugarpaste. Press down on it with a smoother, or something similar, to force the sugarpaste up to the top surface of the stencil.Smear white vegetable fat over the stencil to act as a glue. Then using a soft dusting brush liberally dust over the stencil with the edible dusting powder. Remove any excess and carefully lift the stencil to reveal a gorgeous metallic pattern. Use the sugarpaste to decorate cupcakes or cookies.Good luckDo you have a question for the Cake Doctor? Send it to: [email protected] Lindy Smith’s websitelast_img read more