This Grinch-Inspired Sourdough Bread Will Make Your Heart Grow Three Sizes

This loaf of "Grinch bread" will pair perfectly with roast beast.

Some of us may not admit it, but we can’t deny our absolute excitement when it comes to Christmas traditions. Who doesn’t love a few gifts from loved ones to commemorate the end of another long year? And while ripping open presents is thrilling, I’ve come to find that giving gifts is the best part of the season.

That’s why I love the idea of this Grinch bread so much! It’s festive, crafty and clearly made with love. How can you not want to wrap up a handmade loaf of bread for the holidays? It’s genius! Let’s take a look at how it’s done, shall we? And afterwards, head to Trader Joe’s to pick up a grinch-inspired grump tree.

How to Make Grinch Bread

These videos comes from TikTok user @cottageloaves. You can start with a recipe  for sourdough bread like this.

In the video, this baker starts with the soft ball of dough. To map out the Grinch’s features, they use a razor to score the dough and give his face clear definition. It looks so easy here, but if you need to use a stencil or a reference, don’t feel bad! It’s all about the process, right?

Once that Grinchy face is up to your standards, that’s where the fun begins. You can use food coloring and some paint brushes to color in the Grinch’s face. You’ll need green, yellow and black for sure, and if you’re feeling ambitious, you can even attempt a red Santa hat on top of the grumpy guy!

@cottageloavesGrinch loaf💚🌵🐊 Day 12 of #TheTwelveLoavesOfChristmas tw: razor used to score dough♬ You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch – Thurl Ravenscroft

The last step is to create slits around the portrait that allow the bread to breathe.

What to Do with Your Loaf

As a lovely act of kindness, @cottageloaves wraps the finished product in a bag for the neighbors. It almost makes you wish you were the neighbor, right?

@cottageloavesWe can’t wait to give this to our neighbor’s children who love Mr. Grinch!♬ Christmas In Whoville – Danny Elfman

The particular loaf in the video is a rosemary sourdough, but you can use any recipe you want! A loaf of bread seems like a truly wonderful gift to me.

If you’re a Grinch fan, check out these other recipes inspired by the green guy, too.

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Melany Love
Having always wanted a career in writing, Melany couldn't have found a better place than Taste of Home to begin. When she's not scribbling in her notebook or working at her computer, she can be found experimenting with new recipes or relaxing with a book and her cats.