It's Sunday night. Which means tomorrow is Monday. I don't know anyone who is particularly fond of the first day of the work week, but if you get on it (and I mean now), you may have a delightful dinner to come home to.
I'm talking about this one, for the record.
- 3 cups flour
- 1 cup sourdough starter
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 1/2 cup lukewarm water
- Combine all ingredients and stir until it's a little rough.
- Kneed the dough with your hands for about 10 minutes until it's a nice, smooth ball.
- Take a stick of butter and wipe down the inside of a plastic or wooden bowl. If you'd rather, you can wipe the inside of the bowl with olive oil using a basting brush. It's important to use anything except a metal bowl because it's hard to keep it warm, which is the whole goal.
- Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel for 2-3 hours. By then, the dough should have about doubled in size.
- Cut the dough into about 4 miniature sourdough balls and smooth out until they're nice and satiny.
- Set them on a baking sheet or stone and cover again with a kitchen towel. Let them sit for another 2 hours, and they'll get nice and big again.
- Spray/spread some butter onto the rolls. Not too much; just enough to give 'em a nice, golden "glow."
- Bake at 400 degrees for 30-40 minutes. Every oven is different, so baking time varies. There are times when I have to turn the heat down and let it cook longer at a lower temperature. Remember, just because the outside is browned doesn't mean the inside is done.
- Once they're done baking and have cooled, grab one of the bread bowls, set it on it's side, and using a bread knife, cut off the very top portion. Hold onto it, though! If this step confuses you, imagine you're carving a pumpkin.
- On that note...grab a big spoon and gut the inside of the bread bowl. You may throw the bread away or save it for another project.
- Pour some potato soup, broccoli cheese soup or chili in the bowl and replace with the top.
- Serve while soup is still hot.
Have I mentioned this is a perfect fall or winter meal? And have I mentioned that it's almost fall, then winter comes shortly after that? Also, I love fall. And winter. 118 days until Christmas!
Love and soup,