Saturday, November 14, 2009

Italian Bread Bowls

It was quite Chilly outside today , so "Broccoli Cheese Soup " was on the dinner Menu. I decide to try a new version of bread bowls . They were perfect . This will be my new "go to" recipe for bread bowls. It is no surprise that I found the recipe at My Kitchen Cafe.

Italian Bread Bowls
(printable version)

1 1/2 tablespoons yeast
2 1/2 cups warm water
2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
7 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon cornmeal
1 egg white
1 tablespoon water

In a large bowl (or bowl of an electric mixer), dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.

Add salt, oil and 4 cups flour to the yeast mixture; beat well. Stir in the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, beating well with an electric mixer at medium speed after each addition until a soft but not sticky dough is formed (you may not need to use all 7 cups).

When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 6 minutes (or let knead in an electric mixer). Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 40 minutes. Punch dough down, and divide into 6-8 equal portions. Shape each portion into a round ball. Place loaves on lightly greased baking sheets sprinkled with cornmeal (or use silpat liners or parchment paper). Cover and let rise in a warm place, free from drafts, until doubled in bulk, about 35 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a small bowl, beat together egg white and 1 tablespoon water; lightly brush the loaves with half of this egg wash. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Brush with remaining egg mixture, and bake 10 to 15 more minutes or until golden. Cool on wire racks.


Jane said...

The bread bowls are a great idea, and such a simple recipe! I make bread these days fairly regularly, but it hadn't really occurred to me to make bread bowls! You have a very nice blog. Love it!


dustyperle said...

WOW your bread bowls are beautiful. I just fond your site and am so excited to cook dinner tonight. We are having the indian fried bread. I will be back tomorrow though to try something else I'm sure. Love all of the bread recipes that involve the bread machine as I just got one for my birthday. Just wanted to say thank you!!!