Ah, bread. How I love it! I really think you could offer me anything in the world, and there's nothing I would want more than some soft, warm, freshly baked bread with butter. Bread always seems a little like magic to me… you throw in a few simple ingredients (salt, flour, water, yeast, etc.) and you end up with a fluffy delicious loaf. I can't believe it took me this long in my bread-making career to make my own bread bowls! I always imagined that they would be fairly fussy and difficult to make, but they are super easy, and surprisingly quick to make as well! If you've never had fresh soup in a bread bowl, you are totally missing out. These bread bowls would also work well for serving dips. We ate them with some to-die-for broccoli cheese soup (recipe to come soon!), and they made for a wonderful and delicious dinner. I can't wait to make them again!
Easy Homemade Bread Bowls
1 1/2 cups warm water2 tablespoons instant yeast1 tablespoon sugar3 1/2 cups bread flour, more as needed (I used all-purpose and it worked fine)2 teaspoons saltspray bottle with warm water
In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, dissolve the yeast and sugar in the warm water. Let sit 5-10 minutes, or until bubbly and foamy. Add 3 cups of flour and the salt, and mix well. Add remaining flour, 1/4 cup at a time, until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl and is only slightly sticky to the touch. Knead until smooth, 5-10 minutes. Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover with a damp towel, and let rise 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes, preheat the oven to 500. Punch the dough down and divide into 4 equal sized pieces. Shape each piece into a ball and place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Score the top of each piece and sprinkle with salt, then spray with warm water and let rise 15 minutes. Bake in preheated oven for 2 minutes, then spray again with water and reduce the heat to 425. Bake 16-18 more minutes, or until golden brown.
adapted from Yammie's Noshery