I would rather eat bread than cake. It’s true. I have always had a deep love for breads of all kinds. French, cinnamon, pumpkin, rosemary–you name it, I love it. (Except maybe pumpernickel. That’s not my favorite). But I’ll tell you what IS my favorite. These bread bowls. (Is that proper grammar?) I am so excited to tell you about these bread bowls that I am not even stopping to fix my grammar errors. That is major.
The first time I made these, I was shocked by how good they were. So light and fluffy and beautiful and DELICIOUS! It was hard not to just eat the whole thing before I used it as a lovely holder for my Creamy Roasted Red Pepper and Basil Soup. I mean, really, these are just gargantuan rolls, right? There’s nothing wrong with eating a huge cookie, so by the same token, there’s nothing wrong with eating an enormous roll. But really, try to save some for the soup 🙂
- 4 1/2 tsp. active dry yeast (two packets)
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 cup warm milk
- 1/2 cup oil
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp. salt
- 6 cups flour
- Cornmeal for dusting baking sheet
- In mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in the cup of warm water.
- Add warm milk, oil, sugar, eggs, salt, and two cups of flour. Beat until smooth.
- Stir in the remaining 4 cups of flour to make a soft dough. You can either use the dough hook on your mixer, or stir in the rest.
- Turn out onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes.
- Place back in the mixing bowl and cover loosely with plastic wrap (just put it across the top of the bowl, not directly onto the dough). Let rise in a warm place until double in size.
- Punch dough down, then turn onto a lightly floured surface. Divide into 8 equal pieces. (I use a knife and cut the ball of dough in half, then in half again and again until I have 8 pieces). Form each piece into a ball.
- Grease two baking sheets and sprinkle with cornmeal. Place four balls of dough on each baking sheet, three inches apart. Cover and let rise until doubled (about 30 minutes).
- Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Cool on wire racks.