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!


5.0 from 3 reviews
Homemade Bread Bowls
 
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Recipe type: Bread
Ingredients
  • 2½ cups warm water
  • 1 Tbsp. yeast
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup oil
  • 1 Tbsp. salt
  • 6-7 cups white all purpose flour
Instructions
  1. Combine warm water, yeast and sugar and let sit for 10 minutes or until yeast is bubbly.
  2. Add oil, salt, and 1½ cups of flour to the yeast mixture. Mix on low speed (if in a bread mixer).
  3. Begin adding the rest of the flour 1 cup at a time until 5 cups total. Mix and continue to add the flour ½ 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 7 cups of flour. Knead for 6 minutes.
  4. Divide dough into 6 pieces. Make round balls. Place on large cookie sheet and let rise until doubled in size.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20-30 minutes.
  6. Rub tops of bread bowls with butter.
  7. Let Cool.
  8. Cut top out and dig out bread, leaving a hollowed out bread bowl.
  9. Fill with your favorite cream soup or chowder.
  10. 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!

Enjoy!

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  1. Sarah E.

    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. TheBookGirl

    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.

  3. Patti

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

  4. EvA. . .

    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 :)

  5. EvA. . .

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

  6. Jocelyn

    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!!!!

  7. Mandy

    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.

  8. Audra

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

  9. Raejean

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

  10. Snowmanlover

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

  11. mividaenundulce

    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.

  12. thingsforboys

    they look great! I love soup in bread bowls

  13. arwenevenstar

    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)

  14. Lindsey

    Yum! Is there really anything more to say?

  15. Anonymous

    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

  16. Breakfast Recipe

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

  17. Anonymous

    How do you make this without a bread machine?

    1. Veronica M.

      I just used my KitchenAid Mixer 500 Pro version

  18. Jodi Vilcans

    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!

  19. meaghan pantoni

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

  20. Rebecca

    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

    1. Veronica M.

      I made this in my KA 500 pro which I think is the 5 quart one. It did start trying to wrap and climb up over the bread hook towards the end. I kept scraping it down for a little while. Then gave up and dumped it out on my flour dusted table to finish the last little bits that still needed a little more blending together :)

  21. Stephanie

    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!

  22. Cheri

    what kind of yeast is being used? thanks

    1. Veronica M.

      I used Dry active yeast that i got at CostCo. I think it might have been Red Star brand. but there are tons of brands out there. I wouldn't waist money on the little packets. Best to buy a jar or even a bag of yeast. It keeps for a long time in moister proof container or ziplock in the frig :)

  23. ern

    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!

  24. Jennifer H.

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

  25. Yazmine Lazarin

    Thank you sooooo much!!! I love this recipe!!

  26. Veronica M.

    I think i might have done something wrong? The dough was still very sticky wet even after adding total 14 cups. It was a messy sticky job but got it to 12. the dough was very silky and trying to slide thru my fingers as i was moving them to the cookie sheets. Im waiting for them to double in size . They are exspanding outward but not upwards ?

    1. Veronica M.

      I think i might have done something wrong? The dough was still very sticky wet even after adding total 14 cups. It was a messy sticky job but got it to 12. the dough was very silky and trying to slide thru my fingers as i was moving them to the cookie sheets. Im waiting for them to double in size . They are exspanding outward but not upwards ?
      OK I Figured out what I might have done wrong after i started over. I had my water realy hot not warm and also i just did a mix of the yeast mix in my KA with the dough hook. And didn't check for bubbling before proceeding after the 10 minute timer . Which second batch i mixed the yeast with a spoon. It looked good at about 12 minutes.
      Also after they were placed in the oven, they totally raised upwards.
      In Soup Bread Bowl Heaven !

  27. Sandra

    These look fabulous! Pinned and printed!

  28. Wendy

    I've never made bread bowls before - what type of mixer do I use? Like a stand up one? Does it need a dough paddle? Or should I use my bread machine on the dough setting? Thanks so much!

  29. Kristen

    mmmm - these look so yummy. I couldn't pay the outrageous prices at the grocery store. Glad I found this recipe and can't wait to try it out and fill with clam chowder.

  30. Allison

    This looks great! About how long does it take to make (including waiting for the dough to rise)?

  31. Jane Alvarado

    Is there any special type of yeast to use? Instant etc??

  32. Kim

    My bread bowls always go flat. Any tips to keep them round?

  33. Theda Brown

    I've wanted a bread bowl recipe,,, think this would be a great one for soups or spinach dip.....

  34. Linda Scarchuk

    I would like to try this with a little healthier flour, maybe Rye? or Multi Grain? Just to make it a little heartier...

  35. DelBorai

    Thank you for your recipes. I wanted to ask What kind of yeats should I use? activedry yeast or fresh yeast?

  36. BrooksInDallas

    5

    You said "Mix on high speed" and that you used your Kitchenaid mixer. I rebuild Kitchenaid mixers. There's not a one of them whose operating manual doesn't say "SPEED 2 ONLY" for the bread hook. When you unpacked it the dough hook had a round sticker over the hole where you attach it to the mixer stating "SPEED 2 ONLY" and you'd have had to peel it off to use it. So if everyone uses their Kitchenaid mixer on this and uses the dough hook, please be advised. Or send me more broken mixers. :-) Other than that I can't wait to try these!

  37. Sheena

    Do I have to have an electric mixer to make this? Or can I do it by hand?? These look sooo good!

    1. Chef in Training

      you can totally do this by hand if you wanted to :)

  38. Christi

    5

    These turned out SOOOO well! They were very easy to make and very good!! You might want to mention how long the rising time could be so folks can plan how long they need to sit out. I let mine rise about 45 mins. They were beautiful! Thanks for the recipe!

  39. Jennifer

    Made these tonight at the request of my teenage son and they turned out PERFECT! I made the recipe exactly as listed. Thank you for sharing!

  40. Cathy

    Can you make this recipe without a bread mixer? How...

  41. Mary

    If you made about 5" individual bread bowls, any idea how many this recipe would make??

  42. Judy

    Hi I haven't tried this recipe yet but I was wonder how many bowls do you get form this recipe

    1. Kitchen Kid

      From the Instructions part of the recipe:
      "Divide dough into 6 pieces. Make round balls."

      6 bowls

  43. Wildraven

    5

    Your recipe is very easy to make and a winner in the Eats department. Thanks for sharing

  44. Kitchen Kid

    Nevermind. I see the count in the recipe.