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. 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 :)

  2. 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!!!!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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!

  7. 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

  8. 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!

  9. Jennifer H.

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