There is nothing quite like a hot bowl of delicious soup especially on a cold, winters night. The soft slush of snow as it pelts against the windowpanes, painting the world outside the picture of a frozen wonderland as you cosy up near a roaring fire. Or like me, you live in a country where snow is rare and storms reign supreme, then the cosy fireplace scene happens to background music of tyrannical rain and clapping sporadic thunder.
Either scenario is a great backdrop to steamy bowls of yumminess, really nothing quite like it. From picking the right ingredients to making the perfect, successful blend of mouth-watering goodness then choosing the best way to serve those creations, it is all a dance.
Cooking is all a dance; it is a dance that you have to choregraph to get the best from the performance. If it is all not done and executed correctly then the only thing that will cheer you on is your smoke alarm.
So, plating correctly is essential, in this case, when it comes to soup, serving soup in hot/warm soup bowls is a crucial step. Sometimes, when you have a dinner party, we are not all privileged to have personal chefs or caterers, so it is up to us to serve the food correctly.
You can’t honestly say you have never seen a need for oven proof soup bowls if you have never had baked French onion soup, now, can you? That cheesy baked goodness crusted above has got to be the best discovery since sliced bread, Mmmmm. So, either you can use the practical solution to serve soup warm in heated soup bowls or you have to bake the crust for the French onion soup in a soup bowl.
It is the best way to make sure your guests will get to eat their hot soup that will remains heated till their very last slurp of scrumptiousness. Or the best way to get that cheesy, gooey lip-smacking crust to your drool worthy French onion soup. Thus is the point of my article to guide you in your choice when choosing soup bowls and checking to see if they are indeed oven proof.
Materials Used For French Onion Soup Bowls
French onion soup bowls are usually made up of materials like ceramic, porcelain, tempered glass, and stoneware.
Ceramics are commonly made by mixing clay, earth, powders, and water then moulding them to whatever shape the creator intends to mould it. It is used in making French onion soup bowls because once it has been fired (no, not from a job but by the kiln-a high temperature oven) it has properties like:
- It has an extremely hard structure
- It can withstand remarkably high temperatures
As French onion soup is usually prepared in the high temperature range, looking at the properties as mentioned above it is perfectly safe to say that ceramic-made soup bowls are perfectly safe to use in the oven.
Porcelain is a material that is made from ceramic itself. It is used to make a French onion soup bowl because of the following properties:
- It is exceptionally durable and does not break easily
- It can withstand temperatures ranging from 1200 °C to 1400 °C
Porcelain also has an excellent heat-absorbing property which does not allow the porcelain to crack when placed in an oven and also keeps the soup inside it warm for a longer period of time. Due to that reasoning, porcelain made soup bowls are also safe to use in the oven.
“Tempering puts the outer surfaces into compression and the interior into tension.” Tempered glass is 4 x stronger than ordinary glass, so it is not likely to break easily. It is sometimes used for soup bowls because:
- It is heat resistant
- It is durable
“Stoneware is a type of non-porous ceramic that has been fired at relatively high temperatures while ceramic is a general term that refers to various objects made from clay that have been heated to very high temperature and hardened.” Stoneware, as you can tell, is one of the strongest materials and stoneware-made products can withstand exceedingly high temperatures.
They are specially made to be used in the oven as Stoneware products do not stick, so they are ideal to be used as a French onion soup bowl.