Homemade Bread Bowls

The colder weather has arrived, which for our family, means a lot of warm soups!  To me, there is nothing more filling and comforting on a cold day than a nice bowl of soup.  What’s the best way to eat soup?…In a bread bowl of course! I LOVE bread bowls!  This is a family recipe that we use and I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does.


I made some of this Creamy White Chicken Chili again to go with it!  It is one of my favorites!


5 cups warm water
2 Tbsp. yeast
2/3 cup sugar

Combine and let sit for 10 minutes or until yeast is bubbly.

2/3 cup oil
2 Tbsp. salt
12-14 cups white all purpose flour

Add oil, salt, and 3 cups of flour to the yeast mixture.  Mix on low speed (if in a bread mixer).  
Begin adding the rest of the flour 1 cup at a time until 10 cups total.  Mix on high speed and continue to add the flour 1 cup at a time until the dough begins to clean the sides of the bowl and pulls away toward the middle.  Do not add more than 14 cups of flour.  Knead for 6 minutes.

Divide dough into 12 pieces.  Make round balls.  Place on large cookie sheet and let rise until doubled in size.  
Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes.  
Cut top out and dig out bread, leaving a hollowed out bread bowl.  

Fill with your favorite cream soup or chowder.
We usually put the bread from the center on the plate beside the bowl and dip it into the soup.  You can also eat the bowl when you are all done!  YUM!


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  1. 1

    Those are awesome looking! I have a recipe for bread bowls – you put the dough on upside-down bowls and bake them – this seems so much easier!

  2. 2

    ooo this looks delicious! I'm going to have to pin this for the future!

  3. 3

    My husband and I eat many meals of hearty soup and homemade bread but for some reason, it never occurred to me to combine the two this way, lol.

  4. 4

    Great recipe! This would be good with anything – stews, chilis. Nothing like warm, fresh bread!

  5. 5

    Mmm this looks so amazing! Ill have to try it! thank you so much for sharing over at Southern Lovely! Your tips were very helpful! happy new follower my friend :)

  6. 6

    hey i went over to vote for you but couldn't find you on page 3? Do you know why? Let me know :)

  7. 7

    That is awesome!!! My husband and I were just eating lunch at Panera the other day…soup in a bread bowl…and discussing how to make the bread bowl!!! I totally want to try this sometime this winter!!!!

  8. 8

    Thanks for this recipe! I have never made bread bowls and have always wanted to try. I usually just buy them, but I bet these taste much better.

  9. 9

    Love cooking blogs! I am now following via Southern Lovely :) Check out my new cooking blog onceamomalwaysacook.blogspot.com

  10. 10

    I've always wanted to make bread bowls. Maybe I'll actually try it this winter! I shared your link on my Friday Favorites.

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    Snowmanlover says:

    OH wow, have to save this on my pinterest. Thank you! Barb

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    mividaenundulce says:

    We have a restaurant here which is famous because they have in the menu this kind of bread filled with a traditional meal (Lomo Saltado…Saute Steak).
    I always wanted to know how to make this bread, so thank you very much for sharing this.

  13. 13
    thingsforboys says:

    they look great! I love soup in bread bowls

  14. 14

    I have never been able to figure how people put soup in the bread without it dripping. LOve the idea. Cudn't have the soup though(I am vegetarian)

  15. 15

    looks super yummy! i can't wait to try it out!

  16. 16

    Yum! Is there really anything more to say?

  17. 17

    Do you think this could be adapted to the bread machine- at least the beginning part with all the hard work?PS-found your stuff on pinterest- AMAZING! Everything I've done of yours gets rave reviews! Melanie

  18. 18

    can you freeze the dough if you don't want 12 bowls at one time?

  19. 19

    It is so easy waiting for some more baked recipe. Which could be easily prepared.

  20. 20

    How do you make this without a bread machine?

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    Jodi Vilcans says:

    I made the last night and they are not only super easy but totally delicious! They were so easy I was able to make them during my sons nap AND have time to relax afterwards! Thanks for posting!

  22. 22
    meaghan pantoni says:

    Made these and they were fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing! The extras also froze remarkably well :)

  23. 23

    What size of mixer are you using to add up to 14 cups of flour? I just want to make sure i don’t overload my KA mixer b/c it sounds like i need to split this recipe to do it in my mixer

  24. 24

    Hey I just wanted to let you know that I posted your recipe to my blog! I did link it back to you! Hope thats ok!

  25. 25

    what kind of yeast is being used? thanks

  26. 26

    I halved this recipe for my smaller family and it was perfect! I was wary about so much sugar so I cut that about in half but other than that we made it exactly as written and got some rave reviews. I will definitely be pinning this and keeping it for future use. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe!

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    Jennifer H. says:

    They look so good and now I have officially tried them! So DELICIOUS! Thanks for posting the recipe!! :D