A "recipe" for realistic miniature bread that almost feels like baking real bread: all you need is water, baking powder and.. well, polymer clay instead of flour!
This was adapted from this tecnique (wich is probably my all-time favourite!!). However, this method uses just polymer clay, instead of Liquid polymer clay (which is quite pricey!). Also, you won't need any mold! All you have to do is to knead the baking soda into the polymer clay and shape it as you want before baking. So much fun!
Ps. After a few tests, I found that while you can color the bread with chalks before baking, the colour does wear off a little, so I suggest to paint your miniatures with acrylic paints instead
It looks amazing! I tried it with both baking soda and powder, and both turned out too crumbly and there weren't any air bubbles. Was this because there was too little water added, or too much soda/powder? D: Thanks in advance
Oh this happens to me too, once in a while I'm not sure which one is the cause - my bet is ..both! I've noticed this either happens when I use too much water or too much baking soda. Unfortunately it takes a few tries to guess the right water/soda proportions.. and even then sometimes you might have a bad batch
This is super duper cool! But I do have one question:
How'd you get the split along the top of the crust? Did that happen on its own in the oven or did you sculpt that in? I might have missed something, but in the video it looked like you just sculpted a plain log with no texture on the outside and it came out of the oven with that split.
I've tried this method a couple times, and I've nearly got the inside down, I just need to make the outside look realistic too!
You got it right, unfortunately there is no control over the 'split'. It's the result of the clay expanding for the combination of baking powder and heat. I've tried several times to see if I could purposely give the bread that 'split': made a cut on the clay, twisted/folded it like I would do with actual bread.. none of that worked! I'm afraid that there is no way to predict if and where the 'split' will appear
Anyhow, I have to say that even without 'splits' the outside texture comes pretty good, unlike the 'liquid clay' method (with liquid clay the outside is usually very even and shiny; with this method it looks grainy and rough)
Oh sweetie you made an excellent point, I keep confusing their names! I used baking powder in the video; however, you can use baking soda, as well. I find that you may need to use a little more if you use soda (just slightly, though. Too much will make the clay crumbly and easy to break!)
Oh it's not just you, really! It is a little tricky.. I guess it's because given the very small quantities, it is pretty hard to guess the right clay/baking soda/water balance.. it takes some time to master it, and even then sometimes it just doesn't work However, the result is just so nice that it's worth the struggle
One of my attempt was "okay" I had a syringe and added air bubbles in the preparation. I just added too much but the look was nice, just not perfect and then I did not have any more syringe so I did not try again, lol
Okay, lol. I used a syringe with a teeny tiny needle, I had those because when I used to have very violent migraines I tried a medication I needed to inject myself in the thigh (not fun but I felt I needed to explain why I had such syringe at home, lol) I made the "dough" with a mix of TLS and baking soda, put it in the "pan" I made (but I can't seem to remember how I made it back then, because it was still a few years ago). Took the syringe, pulled a tiny bit of water into it and filled the rest of the syringe with air. I "injected" the dough with tiny amounts of what was in the syringe in different areas. It worked, but the "bread" ended up way too fragile. I think I just added too much air and/or water into it with the syringe. You can see how it looked if you click here: kayanah.deviantart.com/art/Rea… I never tried again after that, it takes too much tls and it is hard for me to find it here.
Oh it actually came out lovely!! What an interesting way to do this. Maybe the bread ended up too fragile because you didn't use 'regular' clay, but just liquid clay? Btw I'm definitely going to try the syringe trick some day, thank you sweetie!