Sourdough Chowder Bowls

In San Francisco, on the wharf, you can buy a hollowed-out loaf of sourdough bread, filled with New England style clam chowder. You can buy it from street vendors, or sit down in a restaurant and eat it. Sourdough and San Francisco go together. I love the bowl, chewy, flavorful, damp from the chowder. I even like the chowder, which is pretty much like what you get from a can. Unfortunately, Albuquerque does not have a wharf on the Rio. What to do when I want a chowder bread bowl on a cold late autumn day.

111118_7241

I made them today, to moderate success. Two weeks ago I made them to miserable failure, having forgotten the salt. The recipe is simple, the challenge is in the baking. I bake in a convection oven, but the process is almost the same without convection. I put the boules in a pre-heated covered Pyrex baking dish at 425 for 15 minutes then uncover the dish and lower the temperature to 325 for between 20 and 35 more minutes. I spray the boules with water before putting them in the dish, to help the crust develop.

111118_7234

The crumb is dense, the crust is chewy, the taste sour but not overpowering. The chowder, from a can, hearty.

  • 3 cups of flour (4.4 oz each, by weight)
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 cup sourdough starter
  • 1/2 cup water, around 100 degrees F
Advertisements

2 thoughts on “Sourdough Chowder Bowls

  1. Yum. I remember my 1st time in San Fran, a couple years ago for work. While I didn’t get chowder in a bread bowl, I did get a loaf of sourdough at the end of the night before heading back to my hotel, where I consumed it with much delight as a late night snack.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s