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Sourdough Bread Bowls

Freshly made sourdough bread bowls make for a tasty lunch or dinner!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Resting time23 hrs
Total Time45 mins
Course: Bread, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bread bowls, soup bowls, sourdough
Servings: 8 Bowls or 2 Loaves
Calories: 318kcal
Author: halfbakedharvest

Ingredients

  • For the sponge:
  • 1 cup fed sourdough starter
  • 1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • For the dough:
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 1 tbsp . water optional
  • To finish:
  • 1 tbsp egg white lightly beaten with 1 tbsp water
  • water in a spray bottle

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the starter, water, and all-purpose flour. Mix together with a fork or wooden spoon until smooth. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for 4 hours.
  • Transfer the bowl to the refrigerator and chill overnight, at least 12 hours.
  • Remove the bowl from the refrigerator and add the sugar, salt, and bread flour to the sponge. Mix until a ball of dough begins to come together. If some of the dry ingredients will not incorporate into the dough, add the additional 1 tablespoon of water to moisten them. Continue kneading the dough (on low speed if using an electric mixer) until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 5-6 minutes. Form the dough into a ball and transfer to a large lightly oiled bowl, turning the dough once to coat in the oil. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm spot until doubled in volume, 3-4 hours.
  • Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Transfer the dough ball to a lightly floured work surface and gently deflate the dough. Divide the dough into eight equal portions. Form each piece of dough into a ball, and tuck any loose edges or seams underneath. Place seam-side down on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat shaping with the other 7 pieces of the dough. Transfer the shaped boules to the prepared baking sheet. Cover loosely with lightly oiled plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm place until nearly doubled in volume, about 2-3 hours.
  • Place a baking stone or large dutch oben in the oven and preheat the oven to 425? F. Allow the pot to preheat for at least 20 minutes. Just before baking, lightly slash the top of each boule using a sharp serrated knife. Brush the exposed surface of the loaves with the egg wash. Spray the loaves lightly with water. Slide the entire baking sheet onto the baking stone or carefully place 4 boules in the dutch oven with the top on. Bake about 28-32 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through baking, until the crust is golden brown. If baking with the dutch oven repeat once the first four have been baked. Transfer the finished boules to a wire rack and let cool at least 30 minutes before slicing and serving.

Notes

*The dough can be shaped into two loaves. Once the dough is read to be shaped divide it into two equal portions. Working with one piece of the dough, press gently into a rough rectangular shape. Make an indentation along the length of the dough with an outstretched hand. Press the thumb of one hand along the indentation while pulling the upper edge of the dough down over the hand to enclose the thumb. Tightly roll the dough towards you while forming into a rough torpedo shape, about 6 x 8 inches. If there is a seam, pinch it shut. Place seam-side down on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat shaping with the other half of the dough. Transfer the shaped loaves to the prepared baking sheet. Cover loosely with lightly oiled plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm place until nearly doubled in volume, about 2-3 hours. Bake as directed. *Using a baking stone of dutch oven is what creates this amazing crust. If you have a dutch oven please use it! If not this bread can still be baked using a baking sheet. I am not sure how the crust will turn out. *To Freeze The Dough: Let dough complete all it risings. Shape into a ball and place in a freezer bag. Freeze. When ready to use defrost. When defrost shape into a loaf or boule and allow to rise until doubled in size. Bake as directed. To Freeze the Baked Bread: Allow the bread to cool completely wrap well and freeze. When ready to eat defrost on the counter for an hour or two. Reheat in a 350 degree oven until heated through.

Nutrition

Calories: 318kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 661mg | Potassium: 81mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 2.4mg