Now that I have detailed the process for making my “look pretty” and “be tasty” loaves, I will post here about how to make the workhorse of the whole intinction set-up: the bread bowl.
Again, if you have no idea what I’m talking about, click here to learn about the project and what communion by intinction looks like at my church.
If you just want a recipe for decent challah, click here.
If you want to learn how to incorporate fats while developing your own bread recipe, click here.
Ok, now that that’s over, I will tell you why you need this bread bowl. It will become your favorite vehicle for dips and soups. Not to mention tiny pieces of bread, if you find yourself ever needing to prepare bread for communion by intinction.
What is great about this recipe is that it uses a combination of bread flour and AP flour, and doesn’t have any fat. These two factors make the gluten development really strong so it can hold more and won’t fall apart while the inside crumb is being hollowed out.
You will need:
375g of bread flour
375g of AP flour
500g of water
14g of salt
14g of yeast
Put the ingredients in a large bowl and mix with your hands until it forms a rough dough.
Let the dough sit for about fifteen minutes, then knead a little. It should be much smoother. Shape it into a ball, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let sit until doubled in size.
After it has risen once, punch it down and transfer it to a piece of parchment paper and cover it with plastic wrap. Throw your dutch oven into the oven and preheat it to 450 degrees F.
When the oven is preheated, take the plastic wrap off and put your dough (and parchment) into the dutch oven with the lid on. Bake for 25 minutes with the lid on, then remove the lid and cook another 15 minutes until the dough is golden and hard when you tap it with your fingernail.
Let the loaf cool completely, then use a sharp knife to cut a circle around the top and remove it. Use your hands to pull out the rest, working around the sides and the bottom to make it even. Once you hollow it out, it will look like this:
If you accidentally cut through the bottom or sides of the bread bowl, don’t worry. You can hide a small bowl inside and no one will know!
Here it is all filled up with bread. I had to measure it to make sure it held about 80 pieces of bread, about this size:
My brother and Little Bread Toddler ate all the hollowed-out bread. So no saved bread crumbs for me. That’s ok though, I still have a lot left over from the last bread bowl 🙂