Do you love giving baked goods as gifts? Do you sometimes include a recipe card? I bet that card gets misplaced 8 out of 10 times! Why just give food and a misplaced card, when you can give a dish that keeps giving!! Let’s say you take aunt So and So a pound cake for a family Sunday dinner…. Just think how surprised and delight she will be when the cake is finished and she finds the recipe for it on the plate!
How many times have you been to a dinner party and brought a gift? I can’t say I have ever been invited to that fancy of a dinner get together, but I know a bunch of you do. Not only did you bring desert, the recipe plate is a lasting gift of not only your wonderful recipe, but the time and thought it took to make it!
So how does one make a recipe plate? Easy as pie! Sorry, I know that was bad…. first you need a ceramic plate and a Sharpie marker. I got our plate at the dollar store, so this can be a very dramatic, yet frugal gift. Next, you simply write out your recipe on the plate. I used a pencil to make guide lines so I wasn’t written all crocked. The pencil comes off easily after the marker is dry with just a barely damp q-tip. You could even write a little message on the back and sign the plate. When your ready to finish your plate, simply put it is the oven and bake!
I know some of you are about to say, “wait a minute, I have seen this on Pinterest and it doesn’t work. The marker washes off!” Yes, your have and that is because those folks didn’t use the right temperature and technique to make the marker set properly. You can wash this plate by hand or in the dishwasher.
Set your over to 425 degrees and put the plate in for 35 minutes. At the end of the 35 minutes, turn the oven off but leave the plate in the oven till the plate is totally cool. This is a great project to do near bed time because after you turn the oven off, you can just go to sleep and in the morning you will have a cooled off piece. It is like when I used to do pottery…. the firing would be over but you had to wait for the kiln to cool before you take out the pots.
Oh and I forgot to mention, these would look adorable hanging on a kitchen wall!