A HOMEMADE BREAD BOWL is the right serving dish for any creamy soup or party dip. It soaks up the goodness from the soup and tastes amazing!
Fresh bread was made for this time of year!!! The temps start to cool and it’s finally bearable to turn the oven on. I don’t have to worry about the kitchen getting too hot to tolerate. Plus, who doesn’t love fresh baked bread? Just today my husband had to run to the store for a quick ingredient for lunch at my son’s school. Every time he walks in and smells the fresh loaves of French bread he will come out with one. This time only half the loaf made it home. The other half was eaten in 5 minutes in the car.
When I was in my twenties I lived in Southern California and at that time So Cal residents could get into Disneyland for just $20!!!!! Now it costs over $100. That’s a huge jump and another tangent for another day. Anyway….. because the cost of admission was so low my friends and I could afford to go quite a bit. My favorite time of year to be at Disney is during the holidays. They go all out starting with Halloween and keep the magic up all the way through Christmas. I LOVE Christmas and Southern California isn’t exactly all pine trees and snow, so it’s fun to get to a place that makes you feel like you’re in a Christmas movie filled with all the magic that brings.
We’d always be sure to get the soups in bread bowls this time of year. It tends to get chilly (by California standards) and they’d warm us up as we sat waiting for Fantasmic to start. You get to fill up on a thick and creamy soup then finish it up with the warm soup soaked bread, completely amazing! I don’t get to Disney in the holidays as easily as I used to but I am surrounded by pine forests here in Oregon and we make our own Christmas magic. So all I need is my bread bowls and soup! This recipe was so easy and exactly what I wanted. There is a difference in yeasts so be sure to use the rapid rise or bread machine yeast. I will be making these bread bowls a lot this winter and can’t wait to make more soups to fill them with!
- attach the bread hook to your stand mixer
- add yeast to the bowl of mixer and then top with flour and salt
- turn mixer on low and then slowly add the water
- once that is combined increase the speed to medium and add in the oil
- allow the dough to continue to knead for 5 minutes until it becomes soft
- grease a large bowl with more vegetable oil and roll the bread dough around in the oil to coat
- cover the bowl with a damp towel and set in a warm place to rise for 15 to 20 minutes until the dough as doubled in size
- punch down the down and divide into 6 even portions
- form into balls and set onto a greased baking sheet
- cover with damp towel and allow to rise again until dough has doubled again
- preheat oven to 400 degrees
- in a small bowl combine egg whit and water
- brush all over the dough balls
- place a broiler pan on the top shelf of the oven and carefully fill with warm water
- place the rolls into the oven and bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown
- remove from oven and allow to cool completely on a wire rack
- using a sharp knife cut a circle out of the top and then remove the bread from the inside of the roll to create the bowl
- fill with your favorite thick soup or dip and enjoy!!!