The Flower Decoration (optional):
The flowers I placed on top were coloured using beetroot juice (because food colour usually freaks me out! So, I try to avoid them). Instead of using water, I used beetroot juice to form the flour mixture into dough. But you only need a little bit of the flour mixture and a tablespoon or so of the beetroot juice.
I just cut out small circles that I arranged into flowers.
The Braid (optional):
I braided leftover dough pieces and placed them around the edges of the loaf.
Check out how I make shortcrust pastry in this video
. Alternatively for shortcrust pastry using oil instead of butter/margarine, see this post for a flaky oil-based shortcrust pastry
. (You'll need to multiply the recipe by 1.5 times to have enough for this crust).
Link to original post - Tofu en Croute