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Bread Bowls

Homemade Bread Bowls are soft and crusty and so delicious filled with homemade soup!  A super simple dinner roll recipe that makes a the perfect bowl for your favorite soups, stews or chili!

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Last week the weather turned cold and I mean really cold. It prompted a week of soup for dinner. My husband had the brilliant idea to make homemade bread bowls for the soup and it was just the ticket for a warm and comforting meal.

Sheet pan with homemade bread bowls

Ingredients for Bread Bowls

  • Warm Water
  • Active Dry Yeast (Red Star Yeast)
  • Sugar
  • Olive Oil
  • All Purpose Flour (King Arthur Baking)
  • Kosher Salt
  • Egg White for brushing – optional
  • Butter

How to Make Bread Bowls

bowl with water, yeast, sugar and olive oil

  • In a large bowl combine warm water (about 98° – 100°) with yeast, sugar and oil.

bubbly yeast mixture for rolls in a bowl

  • Stir to combine and set aside until bubbly, about 5 minutes.

Bowl of yeast and flour for bread bowls

  • Add 4 cups of flour with the kosher salt.

Bread dough in a bowl with a dough whisk

  • Use a dough whisk to mix until dough comes together into a ball. Add flour as needed, 1/4 cup at a time.

Ball dough on a floured board

  • Pour onto a floured surface and knead for 3- 5 minutes until dough is no longer sticky adding flour 2 tablespoons at at time as needed.
  • Alternately, use a stand mixer with a dough attachment to mix and knead the dough for the same amount of time.

Dough in a bowl for rising

  • Grease a large bowl and add dough, turn to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and set in a warm place to rise about 1 hour.

Risen dough in a bowl

  • Test dough by poking with your finger, an indention will remain if it’s ready.
  • Punch down dough and place onto a floured surface.

Bread dough formed into a log

  • Form dough into an even log. Use a bench knife to cut dough in half.

bread dough cut into 6 pieces

  • Cut each half into 3 pieces so that you have 6 rolls.

Bread bowl dough ready to rise on a baking sheet

  • Form bread bowls by tucking the edges under and rolling into round balls.
  • Place on a greased or lined baking sheet about 2 – 3 inches apart.
  • Cover with a tea towel and set aside to rise about 30 minutes while you preheat the oven.

Bread Bowl Dough ready to bake on a baking sheet

  • Brush bowls with water or a beaten egg white. Continue to brush rolls with water about every 5 minutes for a crisper crust. For golden brown crust, brush once with the egg white before baking.

Baked Bread Bowls on a baking sheet

  • Bake for 22- 25 minutes or until golden brown.

TIP: You can insert a digital thermometer into the center of the roll (from the side) and you will know the bowls are done if they are at least 190°.

Buttered Bread Bowls

  • Remove from oven and brush with melted butter.
  • Cool slightly on a wire rack.

Slicing the tops of bread bowls with a bread knife

  • Use a bread knife to remove the tops of the bowls.

Bread Bowls with tops sliced off

  • Set tops aside for dipping into the soup.

Bread Bowl with hollowed out insidemade from yeast roll dough

  • Carefully cut/scoop out the center of the bread and save for dipping. Make sure you don’t cut or tear the outside of the bowl.

Bread bowl filled with soup

  • Place bread bowls onto serving dishes and fill with your favorite soup.

How to Store Bread Bowls

Store baked bread bowls covered in plastic wrap at room temperature for up to 2 days or refrigerated up to 4 days.

Bread bowls can be wrapped in 2 layers of plastic wrap and a layer of foil and frozen up to 3 months.

What else can you make with this dough?

This is a very basic bread dough. Great for making dinner rolls, just divide into 12 rolls for large dinner rolls. Make rustic loaves by dividing the dough into 2 round loaves. It also makes great pizza!

Filling Ideas for Bread Bowls

Knorr Spinach Dip is a favorite served in a bread bowl. This recipe will make 2 nice sized loaves for dip.

Easy Broccoli Cheese Soup served in bread bowls is a dinner that everyone will love. It’s so hearty and delicious.

Creamy Ham and Potato Soup is my go- to for busy weeknights and would be so good served up in a bread bowl.

Beer Cheese Soup is a classic to serve up in a crusty bread bowl.

Bread Bowl filled with soup on a plate with a spoon

Make a hearty and delicious meal with homemade bread bowls and your favorite soup this week. If you try it, let us know how it turns out.

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Yield: 6 bread bowls

Bread Bowls

Bread Bowls

Homemade Bread Bowls are soft and crusty and so delicious filled with homemade soup! 

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups warm water - 98 - 100°
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons Red Star Active Dry Yeast (2 packages)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 - 6 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 egg white for brushing
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

Instructions

  1. Combine warm water with yeast, sugar and oil in a large bowl.
  2. Stir to combine and set aside until bubbly, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add 4 cups of flour with the kosher salt and use a dough whisk to mix until dough comes together into a ball, adding 1/4 cup of flour as needed. 
  4. Pour dough onto a floured surface and knead for 3- 5 minutes until dough is no longer sticky adding flour 2 tablespoons at at time as needed.
  5. Alternately, use a stand mixer with a dough attachment to mix and knead the dough for the same amount of time.
  6. Grease a large bowl and add dough, turn to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and set in a warm place to rise about 1 hour.
  7. Test dough by poking with your finger, an indention will remain if it's ready. 
  8. Punch down dough and place onto a floured surface. 
  9. Form dough into an even log. Use a bench knife to cut dough in half.
  10. Cut each half into 3 pieces so that you have 6 rolls. 
  11. Form bread bowls by tucking the edges under and rolling into round balls. 
  12. Place on a greased or lined baking sheet about 2 - 3 inches apart. 
  13. Cover with a tea towel and set aside to rise about 30 minutes while you preheat the oven to 375°.
  14. Brush bowls with water or a beaten egg white. Continue to brush rolls with water about every 5 minutes for a crisper crust. For golden brown crust, brush once with the egg white before baking. 
  15. Bake for 22- 25 minutes or until golden brown.
  16. Remove from oven and brush with melted butter. 
  17. Cool slightly on a wire rack. 
  18. Use a bread knife to remove the tops of the bowls and set aside.
  19. Carefully cut/scoop out the center of the bread and save for another use. Make sure you don't cut or tear the outside of the bowl. 
  20. Place bread bowls onto serving dishes and fill with your favorite soup.

Notes

TIP: You can insert a digital thermometer into the center of the roll (from the side) and you will know the bowls are done if they are at least 190°. 

Store bread bowls wrapped in plastic wrap at room temperature up to 2 day or refrigerated up to 4 days. Can be frozen up to 3 months if wrapped in 2 layers of plastic wrap and a layer of foil.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 542Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 399mgCarbohydrates: 98gFiber: 4gSugar: 2gProtein: 14g

Nutritional calculations are estimated and may not be accurate.

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