Italian Bread Bowls

I really like these bread bowls. They are great made with 1/2 whole wheat flour! I ve made them with and without the spices and they are good both ways. If you add the spices in the quantity given, you can definitely taste them. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  1. Ingredients
  2. 1 1/2 tbsp Active Dry Yeast (use 1 tbsp instant yeast)
  3. 2 1/2 cup Warm Water
  4. 2 tbsp White Sugar
  5. 2 tsp salt
  6. 2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  7. 6 cup Flour (you can also use 1/2 whole wheat 1/2 all purpose flour)
  8. Egg Wash
  9. 1 Egg
  10. 1 tbsp water
  11. Spices (optional)
  12. 2 tsp garlic powder
  13. 2 tsp Italian Spice
  14. 2 tsp Cracked Pepper

Method

  1. Change In a large bowl dissolve yeast in warm water and sugar Let stand until creamy about 10 minutes
  2. Change Add salt oil any spices and 4 cups flour to the yeast mixture beat well Stir in the remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time Beat well with an electric mixer at medium speed after each addition
  3. Change When the dough has pulled together turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic about 6 minutes
  4. Change Lightly oil a large bowl place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil
  5. Change Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume about 40 minutes
  6. Change Punch dough down and divide into 8 equal portions Shape each portion into a 4 inch round loaf Place loafs on lightly greased baking sheets sprinkled with cornmeal
  7. Change Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk about 40 minutes
  8. Preheat oven to 400°F Take a very sharp knife and cut two 1 inch slits in the center of each loaf In a small bowl beat together 1 egg and 1 tbsp water Lightly brush the loaves with half of the egg wash
  9. Change Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes Brush with remaining egg wash and bake 10 – 15 more minutes or until golden Cool on wire racks
  10. Change To make bowls cut a 1/2 inch thick slice from the top of each loaf and scoop out the centers (leaving 3/4 inch thick shells Fill with hot soup and serve immediately

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