Soup in a Bread Bowl

When my husband and I were dating, we sometimes went to Panera and ordered their soup in a bread bowl.  (Wait a minute.  Memories!  Mmmmm…)

Okay, I’m back.

Anyway, centuries later, here we are figuring out how to do a similar thing in our own kitchen.  The blur of technology!!

Got home and had totally forgotten to set out the bread this morning!  Luckily there are Rapid Rise instructions!

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Took out two loaves and followed the directions.

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About 75 minutes later, they had done this.

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This is when I cut them into thirds and sprayed/plastic wrapped and put back in the warmish oven to rise again.

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After baking, they turn out perfect, beautiful, golden, nice crust but soft and tender inside…

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You cut out a top and use a fork to gently scrape out a bit of the bread…

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And hey presto!  Magic in your own kitchen.  Very satisfying.

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To be fair, Panera does use larger bowls, and their bread is actually thicker and more stiff than this turns out.  Which is good if you’re going to *sell* it, I’d say, because this bread is so soft it’s easy to tear and then your soup can leak out (oh darn).  I just like a food that’s also a dish and am impressed when I can create that myself.

Which reminds me, I haven’t made taco salads in forever…

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