Monday, November 29, 2010

Italian Bread Bowls

Aren't those beautiful?  Can't you taste them filled with a delicious broccoli and cheddar soup, or maybe some chunky chicken noodle soup?  These bread bowls are soft and yummy but still sturdy enough to hold just about any soup you want.  My kiddos love eating them and I love that there are fewer dishes to wash!  :)

Italian Bread Bowls
Serves 8

1 1/2 Tbs. yeast
2 1/2 cups warm water
2 tsp. salt
2 Tbs. vegetable oil
7 cups flour
1 Tbs. corn meal
1 egg white
1 Tbs. water

Dissolve the yeast in warm water.  Let stand for about 10 minutes.  Add the salt, oil and 4 cups of flour and mix well.  Add the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, beating well after each addition, until a soft but not sticky dough is formed.  (I didn't use all the flour.)  Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes, or until the dough is smooth and elastic.  Place dough in an oiled bowl and turn to oil the top.  Cover and rise until doubled. 

Punch the dough down and divide into 8 equal portions.  Shape into a ball and place on a lightly greased baking sheet that has been sprinkled with cornmeal.  Cover and allow to rise until doubled.

In a small bowl, combine water and egg whites.  Carefully spread the egg combination over the top of the bread bowls.  Bake at 400° for 15 minutes.  Brush each bread bowl with egg again and bake another 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.  Serves 8.

Source:  I've been making this for years.

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