Nov 29, 2010

Bread bowl

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My husband loves soup in a bread bowl – he’ll always order it if there is the option.  It works great for thick soups – like chili or black bean soup.  Of course the best part is that there are no dishes to clean up at the end of dinner – since you eat your bowl.    In some ways this recipe is no harder than making your own rolls – since when these were done they reminded me of a crusty roll.  But he really loved them – this recipe made five bread bowls – and he ended up eating three of them over the course of the week. 

Want to know what I served in them?   Check back tomorrow and see! 

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  • 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup semolina
  • 2 1/4 tsp. instant yeast
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water


1. Combine all of the dough ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook.  Knead on medium speed until the dough is smooth and elastic – about 6 minutes.

2. Allow the dough to rise, covered, for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

3. Divide the dough into four to five pieces, and form them into round balls.

4. Place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet, cover lightly, and set them aside to rise in a warm place for 1 1/2 hours, or until they've almost doubled in size.

5. Uncover the balls and let them sit for 10 to 15 minutes, to develop a tough skin. Just before placing the bread bowls in the oven, mist them heavily with water.

6. Bake the bread bowls in a pre-heated 425° F oven for 18 to 22 minutes, until they're a deep, golden brown. Turn off the oven, prop the door open a little, and leave the bread bowls inside for 15 minutes; this will keep the crust crisp.

7. Remove the bread bowls from the oven and cool them completely before cutting the tops off and removing the insides.

Source: King Arthur Flour

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  1. Christine is right I do love bread bowls and these were the best I have ever eaten.

  2. yum. i'm a huge fan of bread bowls, must try from scratch sometime!

  3. It's a different combination about soup and bread. Good idea, especially since most of us dip our bread in our soup. Thanks for the bread recipe.

  4. can you buy semolina in the grocery store? I have never heard of it before, but we love bread bowls and I will buy some if need be, or is there an 1:1 substitute that will work just as well? thanks