Sourdough can be seen throughout most Disney theme parks in all different forms. This past Halloween, Disneyland featured a fanged Mickey head molded entirely out of sourdough. The Boudin Sourdough Bakery, which originated in San Francisco, California, has a bakery inside Disneyland Resort.
The recipe seen here is for a sourdough bread bowl inspired by the one seen on the Pacific Wharf Cafe menu in Disney California Adventure Park in southern California.
Check out the video and recipe below:
A properly baked sourdough loaf is a beautiful dark, golden brown color with a hard outer crust that cracks perfectly as you cut through it with a bread knife. Inside the loaf should reveal a tender, aromatic, tangy bread with occasional little pockets where steam has escaped.
Sourdough Bread Bowl
- Dutch Oven with Lid
- 1/2 cup sourdough starter Active and Fed
- 1 1/4 cup warm water
- 3 Tbsp. whole wheat flour
- 3 1/4 cup bread flour
- 2 tsp. salt
- 1 egg scrambled
- 1 tsp. water
- Combine starter and warm water into a large bowl and mix until incorporated. Add flours, water and salt and mix together with a dough knife or wooden spoon until mostly combined. Cover with a towel and allow to rest for 30 minutes.
- After 30 minutes, fold in the sides of the dough to the center of the bowl. Cover and allow to sit for 30 minutes. Repeat two more times.
- After the final resting phase, allow your dough to proof for 3-5 hours until doubled in size. The length of time is dependent on the warmth of the room.
- Once dough has doubled in size, gently turn it out to a lightly-floured surface. Pull and fold ends to release any air bubbles and form into one ball. Cover with a damp towel and allow to rest for 30 minutes.
- Use the resistance technique shown below to pull the dough with your hand against your counter to create a tight surface on the dough. Turn over into a floured bowl or banneton basket (wooden basked made specifically for proofing bread) and allow to rest in the fridge overnight or for at least 8 hours.
- The next day, preheat oven to 500 degrees with the Dutch oven inside for at least 30 minutes. While oven is preheating, flip dough out onto a sheet of parchment paper and score the top with a very sharp knife or bread lame. Make sure your cut into the dough at least 1-inch depth.
- Remove Dutch oven, use parchment to place dough inside, and immediately cover and return to oven.
- Bake for 20 minutes with the lid on. Remove lid, brush with egg wash mixture and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes until dark golden brown. Allow to rest on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes before cutting center.
- Using a bread knife, cut a circle about 4 inches in diameter with your knife slightly angled. Remove the top and use a spoon to remove as much or as little bread as desired. Fill with soup, a dip for guests, fondue, or whatever you'd like! Enjoy!