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Best method to Proof Sourdough Bread Bowls?

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SylviaH

Best method to Proof Sourdough Bread Bowls?

I want to make several bread bowls.  They are going to be much larger than a bun and yet not nearly as large as a round loaf.  I'd say about a 5" round loaf,baked.  My question is:  Would it be better to shape and proof these loaves in a small linen lined bowl..Or place them together on a sheet pan, much like you would rolls.  I'm thinking not as close together as you would place rolls.  Does anyone know how a bakery proofs their sourdough bread bowls? 


Sylvia 

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plevee

Susan of Wildyeastblog made beautiful bowls with her sourdough corn bread. She used small,lined bowls. Details on her blog.

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SylviaH

Susan's recipe and bowls look wonderful.  I would like my bb a little larger.  I was hoping to avoid having to dig out all those bowls and linen, but I think to get the best shape, that's the only alternative!  I can see why the bakery charges so much for bread bowls..just as much work involved as making a large loaf.


Sylvia 

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Franko

Hi Sylvia,


In a bakery the loafs would be proofed in a commercial proofer, allowing for more options than what most of us have at home.  For a home setting I'd recommend using the bowls and cloth...sorry, and not to bake more than 2 or 3 at a time so that you have enough air circulation between the loaves as they're baking if your oven is not a convection type.


Franko