When the weather gets chilly, fill these bread bowls with your favorite chili
or soup for a hearty winter meal.
2 1/2 cups warm water (105 to 115 degrees F)
2 packages active dry yeast
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 tablespoons oil
6 1/2 to 7 1/2 cups bread flour
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon milk
Measure warm water into large bowl. Sprinkle in yeast; stir until dissolved.
Add salt, sugar, oil and 3 cups flour; beat until smooth. Add enough additional
flour to make a stiff dough. Turn out onto lightly floured board; knead until smooth
and elastic, about 10 to 12 minutes.
Place dough in bowl that has been lightly coated with nonstick spray, turning
to grease top. Cover; let rise in warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
Grease outside of 12, 10 ounce custard cups or oven-proof bowls of similar size.
Punch dough down; divide into 12 pieces. Cover and let rest 10 minutes.
Spread each piece into a circle about 6 inches in diameter. Place over outside
of bowl, working dough with hands until it fits. Set bowls, dough side up, on baking
sheet that has been coated with nonstick spray. Cover with plastic wrap; let rise
in warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes.
Combine egg and milk; gently brush mixture on dough.
Bake at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes until golden brown. Using potholders, carefully
remove the bowls. Set bread bowls open side up on baking pan; bake for 5 minutes.
Yield: 12 bowls
For larger bowls, use oven-proof bowls that are approximately 6 inches in diameter.
Divide dough into 6 portions. Frozen bread dough also can be used. A 1 pound loaf
will make 2 large or 4 small bowls.