This wonderful recipe for Italian Bread Bowls comes from Melanie at Mel’s Kitchen Cafe. Just a little bit ago she posted her two favorite bread bowl recipes. So the other day, when I decided to make clam chowder for dinner, I thought of her bread bowl recipes. I also thought how wonderful it would be to take them to accompany the clam chowder.
The first recipe that Melanie had posted required the dough the sit in the refrigerator for 4-24 hours, and Melanie said the longer the better. Well, I didn’t have time for that so I made the second recipe she posted for Italian Bread Bowls. They were easy too make, it just took some time. These were wonderful. They made a soft yet dense and chewy bread. The egg wash also made a crunchy crust. Thanks again Melanie!
I would recommend not making more than 6 bread bowls with this recipe. I did 6 and those bowls were able to fit around 1 cup of soup in them. These were so much better than a bread bowl purchased from the store. I still want to give Melanie’s other bread bowl recipe a try. It would be nice to have the dough waiting for you in the refrigerator. I just have to try it on a day when I know in advance that I want them to accompany some soup. Oh, and don’t worry. I’ll share my clam chowder recipe with you tomorrow.
This is the origianl photo from when this recipe was first posted in November 2008.