Wednesday, May 21, 2008

One Ingredient Bread Bowls

I have to confess I have been in the middle of a project and realized I was hungry, only to look at the clock and discover dinnertime was in 25 minutes (or less-ha ha!). The secret is that there's only one special ingredient in these bread bowls: a refrigerated tube of French bread dough! You can keep it in your fridge for about 2 months, at standby with a can of chili or stew, for when you need to make it look like you didn't forget about dinner. This one's for all you busy moms (and dads!) who need something delicious in a pinch. However, it's also for all you who want to make bread bowls from scratch, but don't have the time to do it. I figure if you cooked it, that means you made it, right?

This is it! Ok, so it's 2 ingredients (is a mist of oil an ingredient?).

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease the pan. So easy, your kids can help.

Ok, so this picture requires me to confess that I cannot open one of these tubes. The suspense of when it's going to pop is too much for me. You think I kid. Is there a name for this disorder? Come on, I can't be alone.

Open the tube and divide into 3 equal pieces.

Bend the dough in. There will be a "seam." Fold the dough in to conceal the seam and tuck the rough edges under the ball of dough.

Don't worry about making it a perfect ball. The less perfect it is, the more likely people will believe you made it yourself! ha ha!

Bake for about 20-25 minutes (definitely check it early). They should be pretty browned.

Cut just a little bit off the top. Cut too low and you've just made a bread plate.

Do not take the insides out of the breadbowl. That's the best part! Firmly push the bread down and to the sides with your thumbs.

See, plenty of room for soup! Now you can either grab the can opener or spoon in something home-made.

This recipe came from the Pillsbury Bake-off in 2002. Kudos to Maureen Gill for coming up with it! I really like the Bake-Off recipes at Invented and reviewed by real people. If Pillsbury's willing to give someone a million dollars for making it, I'm willing to try it!


Theresa said...

I would brush them with butter too before baking- to add to the "was it homemade?" mystery.... but I guess that would make them 3 ingredient bread bowls then, right?? :)

Anne said...

Thanks for the great picture tutorial, Sherie! We'll have to try these with chili sometime.

Brian & Amelia said...

Great idea, Sherie! And I love the pictures to go along. Thanks for the great idea!

Melissa said...

I can't stand to open those Pillsbury cans, either. I only use them when I know Jon will be around to take the burden of suspense on himself. I wonder if Hannah is old enough to do it now...

You are not alone, Sherrie!

Scott & Elly said...

I love bread bowls! And this is my kind of recipe:) I'll definitely have to try it. Thanks!

Elise said...

What a brilliant last-minute dinner idea. They would be great with clam chowder.

Joni said...

I tried it and it was sooo good. Thanks for the idea.