Food Hacks
Simple techniques for shaping dough into beautiful buns
These turned out so pretty that I almost couldn't eat them. Almost. 😋
B.T. Swezey
04.14.22

Do you love to bake?

If so, then this video and article are for you.

I’ve always felt that baking was a form of art. When done correctly, a baked good is just as aesthetic as it is delicious.

However, some bakers go above and beyond with their beautiful creations.

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YouTube - Creative IDEAS

These delicious treats are almost too amazing to eat. But of course… you do, after taking a picture of course.

Some of these amazing baking tricks can be seen on the YouTube page Creative IDEAS.

They’ve got all sorts of fun and awesome tricks and tips to get your creative juices flowing.

You may look at some of these incredible treats and think that there’s no way you could possibly make them.

However, think again.

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The video breaks down these incredible treats and most of them only require a few simple steps.

It’s all about knowing the correct technique to turn that dough into a work of art.

Let’s take this first one as an example.

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Creative IDEAS

Looks pretty hard to make, right?

Wrong.

It’s just a few simple steps.

To start, just roll some dough flat on your table and cut it into a circle.

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YouTube - Creative IDEAS

Then, make a line halfway across the dough vertically and horizontally.

Add a touch of sweet.

Place something sweet onto a top quadrant of dough, like chocolate. Then, working diagonally, fold the opposite bottom quadrant of dough over the top.

With the remaining quarters, make “fringes” by cutting multiple lines across them, like this:

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YouTube - Creative IDEAS

Twist each fringe a few times before folding them over the rest of the pastry in a cross-wise pattern.

And that’s it!

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YouTube - Creative IDEAS

Who knew creating something this beautiful could be so easy?

Let’s check out another example.

Look at this amazing creation.

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YouTube - Creative IDEAS

There’s no way the average baker could pull something like this off, right?

I mean, you’d have to go to years of culinary school to be able to create a pastry like this, wouldn’t you? The answer to both of those questions is: no, not even close.

Again, it’s just a few simple steps.

To start, roll out some dough and cut it into one long rectangular strip. Then, roll one side of the rectangle until you reach the middle.

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YouTube - Creative IDEAS

Roll like a scroll.

Take the other end of the rectangle and roll it up until it meets the other roll.

Hold the two rolls together and, using a clean comb, press perforated lines into the tops of the rolls in a verticle fashion.

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Creative IDEAS

Once this is done, get yourself a couple of chopsticks.

This is where the magic happens.

Gently rest the stick on top of the edges of the rolls and with a bit of downward pressure, bring the sticks together in the center with one hand moving slightly forward while the other moves back.

If you pull it off correctly, it will look like this.

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YouTube - Creative IDEAS

So there you have it. Two examples of some super cool, but super easy-to-make pastries.

The good news is that these are just a couple of examples out of many in the video. The ideas become more elaborate, but the techniques remain incredibly simple.

See how easy it is to turn dough into a work of art in the video below!

If you love what you see and want to get started right away, you can find the dough recipe and even more incredible ideas here.

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By B.T. Swezey
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B.T. Swezey is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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