Inaugural Use of the Bread Bowl!

Andreas and Nikki gave me a bread bowl for Christmas.  I was thrilled – THRILLED! – to get one of these.  I was making my bread in a wooden bowl that was not at all intended for that use and it was falling apart.  Bread bowls (real ones) are hard to find and a treasure to own.  Nikki heard me talking about this on our family vacation last summer and managed to track one down for me.

Bread bowls were used a long time ago to make bread.  They weren’t cleaned with soap (just like cast iron pans) and often a lump of dough was left in the bowl to use in the next batch of dough as the leavening.

first bread in my new bowl

My bowl was hand-carved from one solid piece of maple.  It’s gorgeous.  I was almost afraid to use it yesterday because I was afraid of hurting it!  But we needed bread and bagels so I dived in, used it, and loved it.  The bowl is fairly large, oval, and pretty shallow.  It was really easy to knead my bread right in the bowl – much easier on my wrists than my other bowl.

Here’s the bottom of the bowl:

Handmade by JP Madren, 6-04-11

The paperwork that came with the bowl says that he (the bowlmaker) hopes that I’ll get a couple hundred years of good work out of it!  I’m excited to have this heirloom in our family now.  Here’s the website for the artist – JP Madren.

Thank you Nikki and Andreas and thank you Mr. Madren!

(And yes, the bagels and bread came out beautifully!  And yes, I did wash out the flour and dough – not with soap, but just with water.  I figured that since I won’t be using it again for a couple weeks, I probably wanted it to be clean.  So I’m not quite like the pioneers!)

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4 Responses to Inaugural Use of the Bread Bowl!

  1. Wow, that’s a beautiful bowl!! I want one! Do you knead your bread completely by hand?!

    • Laura says:

      I do knead all my bread completely by hand Rachel. I prefer doing it that way, especially now that I have such a nice bowl to do it in! My bread recipe that I made regularly is for three loaves, which is too much for my kitchenaid bowl anyway.

  2. J Madren says:

    Laura – I’m glad that you liked the bowl! Due to arthritis and failing health I won’t be making as many bowls now and am glad you were able to get one. …jp

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