Winter is here! It’s time for those bubble-all-day hearty dishes. How do you eat them? Well, regularly from a bowl, but I propose another way: out of a bread that you will be using as a bowl. This is my recipe for sourdough bread bowls.
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Where do bread bowls originate?
Bread Bowls have a long and convoluted history. It seems that the first time anybody wrote about it was around 1427.
The story goes that an Irish nobleman tried to impress a British Duke. The Duke was so impressed that he gave the Irishman money to open a shop in Dublin.
They came to prominence in the 1980s in San Francisco, where they would serve Chowder in Sourdough Bread Bowls.
These days bread bowls are ubiquitous in Central Europe, served with various stews inside. Many restaurants and street vendors sell bread bowls too.
The dough in this sourdough bread bowl recipe
|Total weight||1000 grams|
|Yield||Four bread bowls|
The dough for these sourdough bread bowls is a pretty standard sourdough recipe.
The hydration is on the low end (for sourdough bread) at 70%. It’s to make it easier to bake all the bowls simultaneously in the oven without the use of a dutch oven.
There is 20% whole grain in the bread. I’ve used spelt in this case, but you can substitute with any whole grain that you prefer and like.
If you’d like to use a higher proportion of whole grain, I’d recommend that you use a regular wheat whole grain so that you’ll have more gluten to help you keep the bread together.
|105g||starter (100% hydration)||19.8%|
|106g||whole-grain spelt flour||20.0%|
As always, you can play around with the formula and change proportions or quantity in the bread calculator here.
The conclusion of this sourdough bread bowl recipe
If you love sourdough bread, and who doesn’t? It’s a perfect match for almost any meal.
But in this case, it’s part of the meal. It’s the tableware.
Is it gimmicky? Yes, a bit. Is it over the top? Yes, maybe. Is it awesome? Hell yeah.
The best part is wiping it up with the bread if you make a good sauce, right? Well, in this case, you pour the sauce into the bread. That is so great.
Of course, it matters what you put in it. I usually put my very special Hungarian Goulash in my sourdough bread bowl. It’s so good!
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Sourdough Bread Bowls
- The night before, make sure you feed your sourdough starter, so it’s good and ready.
Mix the dough
- The next morning mix all of the ingredients: 423 grams of bread flour, 106 grams of whole grain spelt flour and And 11 grams of salt.
- Mix it up.
- Then add 105 grams of sourdough starter and 354 grams of tepid water.
- Mix the dough until all the flour has been hydrated. Then cover it and leave it to rest for one hour.
- Perform three sets of stretch and folds spaced out by 30 minutes.
- After the third set of stretch and folds, perform a windowpane test.
- If the dough passes the test, put it in a bulking container and let it grow 25%. If it fails, let the dough rest for 30 more minutes and then put it in a bulking container.
- To speed things up, I put mine in my proofer set to 30°C/86°F.
- Then about two hours after I put my dough in the proofer, it’s grown 25%. Proceed when yours is ready.
Divide and shaping
- Divide the dough into 4 equally sized pieces and preshape them into balls.
- Then let them rest on the counter for 20 minutes.
- Then final shape them and make them pretty.
- Depending on how wet your dough is, you can shape them with your bench scraper or your hands. I decided on hands.
- Put them in 16cm/6 inch bannetons and put them into bags.
- Put all the bannetons back in the proofer for an hour. If you aren’t using a proofer, go for 2 hours.
- Then turn on your oven to 260°C and move the bannetons to the fridge for an hour. In the oven, put an oven-proof dish and a baking steel.
- When the hour is up, they are ready to bake.
Bake the sourdough bread bowls
- Put the dough balls on a large peel on a piece of parchment paper.
- Score them.
- Then put a rolled-up towel in the oven-proof dish and pour over a kettle of boiling water.
- Add the boules to the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
- After 20 minutes, turn the oven down to 230°C/450°F.
- Bake for about 10 minutes more. If you made them larger, go for 15 minutes.
- Then take them out of the oven and let them cool.