A wonderful way to enjoy soups this season is in a delicious homemade bread bowl.
Fall and winter are a great time to enjoy warm and hearty soups, stews, chilis and chowders. And what makes them even better is ... PRESENTATION! There is just something fun about serving your soup in a homemade bread bowl. And there's no need for crackers or breadsticks to go along with them - it's all inclusive! In fact, the best part is eating the bowl after the chili or soup has soaked in a little. MMMMmmm!
Here are the easy steps to help you make your very own bread bowls. It's so simple, you'll ask yourself why you haven't done it before!
Oh, and if you'd like your chance to win some Rhodes swag, share with us your favorite soup/stew/chowder/chili recipe in the comments below or on our Facebook page.
Step 1: Put a package of Rhodes Bread dough in the refrigerator overnight. YES, just plop it in the fridge.
The next day it will be thawed and ready to go. (So convenient!) All you need is a package of bread and an egg. EASY!
Step 2: Cut the loaf of dough into thirds. (If you want a LARGE Bread Bowl, we’ll show you how to do that in just a minute.)
Step 3: Form each section into a round ball.
To get it nice and smooth on the top, it helps if you pull the dough and pinch together at the bottom.
Step 4: Place bread bowls on a baking pan sprayed with non stick spray. Then brush with a beaten egg. This makes your bowls shiny and crisps up the outside a bit.
Step 5: Spay plastic wrap with non stick spray and cover the rolls. They need to rise for a bit - so be patient! Be sure to space them far enough apart that they won't rise into each other. That would make a weak spot in the sides of your bowls.
If you'd like a REALLY BIG bread bowl, just cut your loaf in half instead of thirds, and repeat the same process.
This size bowl is really great for serving dips - or for your hearty teenage boy appetites! (Or for your husband - or you - we're not judging!)
Step 6: Let the bowls rise until they're double in size. The time this takes really depends on how warm your kitchen is. Probably somewhere between 1 and 3 hours. Here they are risen and ready to be baked.
You can always speed up the process by placing them in a warm (no higher than 150 degrees F) oven. Watch them closely and don't forget about them! If you do, take a picture of your kitchen fail and post it on our Facebook page, and we can all laugh about it together.
Step 7: Bake! 350 F for 25 minutes. Ta da! Aren't they pretty?
Here is the difference between to 2 sizes.
Now for the fun part! Slice the top off your bread bowl.
Then you have 2 options. You can carefully scoop out the inside of the bread to eat along with your soup, or you can just smoosh down the bread on the inside to make an extra sturdy bread bowl with lots of bread to soak up that soup!
These are so delicious when you've made them fresh at home! They freeze well too, so make double and freeze them until the next soup night. Doesn't it look amazingly delicious!??
These bread bowls work best with a thicker soup or chili. Chicken Noodle soup would basically turn your bowl to mush. So don't forget, leave us a recipe for your favorite soup to put in a bread bowl in the comments below and you might just be getting some happy mail! Enjoy your soups and the cooler weather. Happy baking!