Homemade Bread Bowls

by Maria on February 2, 2010

I am freezing! As we speak I am wearing long pants, a long sleeve shirt, a sweatshirt, fuzzy socks, and I am considering putting on some gloves now that I am typing, because I can’t keep my hands in my pockets. No our power isn’t out. I just happen to live in a very humid part of the country and in a very poorly insulated apartment and it is ridiculously cold outside. I’m so ready for spring!

Now that you know my mind set you will understand why I am so excited about this recipe. Nothing warms me up like a bowl of yummy soup for dinner. And soup taste extra yummy when it is served in a bread bowl. Right!

I have always wanted to try making homemade bread bowls, but was to chicken and figured it must be super hard. I was sooooo wrong. I made them twice last week and they are my new best friends. Even if you have never made any type of bread before, you can do this! You don’t even need a bread machine or a special mixer to get the dough just right. All you need is a hand mixer and your muscles.

At first I was thinking I would just use my regular bread recipe, but then I got a little nervous that maybe it would rise differently or not be the right texture. Feeling a little uncomfortable with that idea I decided to see what the Internet Recipe World had to offer. As usual ‘All Recipes’ did not disappoint. I found this recipe, and it worked beautifully. The recipe says they freeze really well too.

Tips for the Bread Bowls:

* If you have never made bread before and aren’t sure what kneading means. You basically just keep folding the dough over on itself and press it down again with your palms, just keep bringing the edges in and press. Set a timer so you make sure you do it for 6 minutes.

*If your house is as cold as mine lately, they are going to have a hard time rising. If you have something simmering on the stove place the dough near the stove.  Just make sure they are some where a little warmer then normal. Use a glass or plastic bowl to let the dough rise in.

* If you have it, use bread flour. It will help your bread rise a little better too. I had never used it before and decided to try it. I can’t be entirely sure but I think it helped a little. I also used 1 1/2 cups wheat flour because I really struggle eating 100% white flour bread. Don’t get me wrong I think it is delicious, I just picture a big ball of glue in my stomach. Not that 1 1/2 cups out of 7 is going to make a big difference but for some reason it made me feel better. I am going to keep experimenting  to see if they still work half and half.

*The recipe says to test the temp of your water. If you don’t have a themometer like me just make it about as warm as you make your kids bath water.

*If you have a container of yeast instead of little packets use just a little more then 4 tsp.

I made Cream of Broccoli soup and Corn Chowder, and we had some friends over. The bread bowls made a normally kind of boring dinner seem special. I was thinking it would be a fun tradition to make these every year for Valentines Day, and then decorate sugar cookies for dessert. I have a great sugar cookie recipe I’ll post next week (as soon as I make them so I can take a picture. :) ) For now I’ll give you a recipe for some delicious Oatmeal Walnut Cookies. My husband has been obsessed with these lately. He made some last week and then last night when I got home from the gym he was making more. I think he’s trying to sabotage my efforts.

This recipe is from one of my favorite families in the world. I love them! Alison is my age and her mom would make these all the time. The are chewy and delicious. Go ahead try ‘em.

Oatmeal Cookies
1/2 cup real butter
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp soda
1 tsp baking powder
3 cups oats (we use old fashioned)
1 cup chopped walnuts
Cream butter, shortening and sugars together. Add eggs, and vanilla. You can sift all the other stuff together in a separate bowl if you want to before you dump it in but I never do, just add everything else and mix thoroughly. Use a cookie scoop or drop by large teaspoon full onto a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes in a 350° oven.
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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Aubrey February 2, 2010 at 5:49 am

Bread bowls? I’ve never even thought of making them…dinner tonight! Thanks for the idea! Your cookies sound delicious too…darn you for making me want to make cookies. :-) Although nuts and oatmeal? These sound like a breakfast food!


Maria February 2, 2010 at 6:45 am

That’s what I was thinking. Sim even used half wheat flour last night and they are delicious!


Lynette February 2, 2010 at 8:56 am

Love me a good bread bowl – those look delish!! I can already feel the pounds creeping up on my hips, thighs, and that freaky looking skin under my arms even as I type this!

One more recipe to add to my ever growing TMH list!


Maria February 2, 2010 at 10:59 am

‘ that freaky looking skin under my arms’ You are too funny.


Candace February 2, 2010 at 9:34 am

Yum. Hot bread bowls and homemade soup– two of my most favorite things in the whole wide world.

It’s been warming up a little here, but one thing I do when it’s cold to help rising process along, is to preheat the oven on to warm (200*) while I’m making the dough and then turn it off. When I am finished with the dough I cover it and stick it in the warm oven to rise. It works wonders!


Maria February 2, 2010 at 11:02 am

I do that with one of my bread recipes, not sure why I had a brain fart about it with this recipe… Thanks for the reminder. :)


Kate February 2, 2010 at 10:10 am

The thing I love most about your recipes, writing and humour is that you are honest and practical. A mummy coooking from her heart. Can’t be promising homemade bread bowls tonight but they do look scrummy and I know what you mean about white bread…. ahh the memories of my granny’s home made white bread though… with lashings of butter all melting …mmmm.


Maria February 2, 2010 at 11:05 am

I know, we had white bread all the time growing up too, I loved it with butter and homemade raspberry jam. mmmmmm…..are you sure you don’t want to try it tonight. :)


Sarah February 2, 2010 at 11:01 am

YUM that looks perfect for the cold rainy weather coming this week. I’ll have to give it a try!


Maria February 2, 2010 at 11:07 am

You really should. They are so delicious and easy. My 3 year old thought it was so cool to eat his soup in a bread bowl.


Merry February 2, 2010 at 12:32 pm

Hey sis, I can’t wait to try these. I wish I lived closer so I could benefit from your cooking more often:) I’m jealous of your New Jersey friends.


Suzanne February 2, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Looks sooo good Maria! You are making want to make and eat that right now but I’m trying to loose the pounds not gain them so I’ll just have to admire them!!


Dandy February 3, 2010 at 10:42 am

You totally had me at bread bowl!!


Mari February 9, 2010 at 2:03 pm

i’m in! these look amazing! you’re amazing….. did i ever tell you that?


Cindy February 15, 2010 at 8:46 am

I can’t wait to try these!!! Thank you for linking up such a great idea!


Mama Holli February 15, 2010 at 9:28 am

I love the bread bowls! They just look so wonderful! I am COLD too!!!! Cooking up some soup today!!


Anjie B. February 15, 2010 at 12:54 pm

Thanks for the tips! I’ve always wanted to try these, but like you have been too chicken. It is much easier to buy them at the store (when I can find them). Maybe I’ll try the recipe out this weekend.


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