It only takes 1 cup hot water, 1/2 tsp. each yeast and sugar, pinch salt, plus 1 tbsp. oil and roughly 4 cups of flour to make the crustiest, most delectable bread bowls!
I mixed, kneaded and raised the dough in a 4 cup Pyrex measuring cup.
Add all purpose flour 1/3 cup at a time and you’ll get the perfect amount, which may not always be the same. Knead until smooth and elastic then oil your bowl, in my case, extra large measuring cup. Cover with a plate or bowl and raise in a warm place as many times as you wish, punching down every so often. The more times, the more nice air bubbles.
Preheat oven to 350 for five minutes, turn down to 325 and bake for 40 minutes or until you get a light golden hollow sounding crust. This yeilds 4 good size bowls...or mini loaves of bread.
Bread making is the single most rewarding culinary project!