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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Bread Bowl Take Two...

Last week I posted the recipe for my Bacon Cheeseburger Soup, which I served in a bread bowl.  Although it was delicious, I wasn't really happy with the look of the bread bowl, so I didn't post the recipe. Well, I needed an excuse to work on my bread bowl recipe, so I made a pot of Broccoli, Ham & Cheese soup and both turned out beautifully! Here are the recipes. I hope you enjoy. Please feel free to leave me a comment telling me what you think of the recipes.

Bread Bowl
2 ½ Tbsp of rapid rise yeast
2 ¼ cups warm water
2 tsp sugar
3 tsp kosher salt
1 stick butter, melted
6 ½ cups bread flour
Egg white

Add yeast to warm water and allow to bloom for 10 minutes. In a large mixing bowl add sugar, salt, melted butter and water/yeast mixture and combine.  Add dough hook to mixer and turn on low. Slowly add flour to mixture one cup at a time. Mix on medium low for 5 minutes or until dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl in a round ball.  Lightly oil a large bowl and add dough ball; turning to lightly coat in oil. Cover dough with a linen dish towel and allow to rise for 1 hour in a warm dry location. Punch down dough and divide into 6 equal portions. Cover two large cookie sheets with parchment paper and sprinkle with cornmeal. Roll each portion into a 4” ball and lay onto cookie sheets then sprinkle with cornmeal. Cover with linen dish towel and allow to rise for another hour. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and brush with egg white. Return to oven and bake for 15 more minutes or until golden brown. 

Broccoli, Ham, & Cheese Soup
1 ½ sticks of butter
1 large onion, chopped
1 ¼ cup of flour
2 heads of broccoli, chopped
1 32 ounce carton of chicken stock
2 cups water
2 cups milk
2 cups half & half
2 chicken bouillon cubes
2 ½ cups cheddar jack cheese, shredded and divided
16 ounces diced ham

Saute' onions in melted butter until transparent. Sprinkle with flour and stir until incorporated. Cook for 2 minutes. Add chicken stock, water, milk, half & half then whisk until smooth. Add chicken bouillon cubes and bring to a boil.  Add broccoli then 2 cups of cheese and stir until melted. Add diced ham and simmer on low for 1 hour.
Serve with reserved shredded cheese. 

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