Homemade Bread Bowls Recipe

There's nothing quite like a serving of hearty soup in a homemade bread bowl. As you enjoy your soup, you can sop up the excess broth by dipping the bread into the tasty liquid. Then you're left with a delicious, flavor-soaked bread bowl to indulge in. This hearty dish is ideal on cold winter nights, or for ravenous work day lunches.

We personally love a blended roasted red pepper or tomato soup served in bread bowls, but feel free to use any soup you like. Potato and leek, veggie chili, and even clam chowder make for extra decadent and hearty entrées.

Recipe developer and registered dietitian nutritionist, Kristen Carli, MS, RD, brings us this recipe for homemade bread bowls. You no longer have to seek out a bakery, like Panera, when the craving for a delicious soup with a bread bowl strikes. Now you can enjoy these at home whenever you like. Bake up a batch, use what you want, and store the leftovers in a zip-topped bag in the freezer for a rainy day. Your future self will thank you.

Gather your ingredients for homemade bread bowls

To create these homemade bread bowls, start by gathering your ingredients. For this recipe, you will need active dry yeast, sugar, all-purpose flour, water, salt, and unsalted butter. In terms of equipment, you will need a stand mixer and a few large baking sheets.

Create yeast mixture

In a small bowl, add the yeast, the sugar, and the warm water. Gently, give this mixture a stir. Then, set it aside. Allow the yeast to interact with the sugar for about 5 minutes. You will begin to see air bubbles, which indicates the yeast is living.

Mix and knead the dough, then let it rise

While the yeast activates, start making the bread dough. In the bowl of your stand mixer, add the flour, salt, and melted butter. When the yeast mixture is bubbling and has been activating for about 5 minutes, add this as well. 

Place the bowl in the stand mixer and attach the dough hook. Stir on low until the dough begins to come together. Once the dough comes together, continue to knead the dough with the dough hook attachment for at least 8 minutes. When the dough begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl, stop the stand mixer. Carefully transfer the dough to a large bowl that's been sprayed with nonstick spray. Cover with a dish towel and let the dough rise for 40 minutes.

Roll the dough into bread balls

Once the 40 minutes are up, remove the dish towel and transfer the dough onto a clean surface that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Using a bench scraper, cut the dough into 8 even pieces. Roll each piece into a ball and place the dough balls on two large baking sheets that have been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Score each ball with a small "x" on top. Cover the baking sheets with dish towels and let the dough rise for another 40 minutes.

Bake, cool, & cut out the centers

Preheat the oven to 400 F. Remove the dish towels from the baking sheets. The dough should have doubled in size. Bake the bread bowls for 30 minutes. Remove the pans from the oven and allow the bread to cool for at least 20 minutes. Then, using a paring knife, scoop out the top and center of each piece of bread to allow room for adding soup. When ready to serve, fill with soup.

Homemade Bread Bowls Recipe
5 from 18 ratings
You don't have to buy bread from a bakery to have bread bowls for soup at home. Try this simple recipe for homemade bread bowls the next time you make soup.
Prep Time
20
minutes
Cook Time
30
minutes
Servings
8
servings
empty bread bowls
Total time: 50 minutes
Ingredients
  • 2 packets active dry yeast
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 cups warm water
  • 8 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • ½ stick unsalted butter, melted
Directions
  1. In a small bowl, add the yeast, sugar, and water. Stir gently and set aside for 5 minutes.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the flour, salt, and butter. Once the yeast mixture has set for 5 minutes, add it as well.
  3. Using the dough hook attachment, mix and knead the dough in the stand mixer for at least 8 minutes, until the dough starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl.
  4. Carefully transfer the dough to a bowl that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Cover with a dish towel and let the dough rise for 40 minutes.
  5. Remove the dish towel and roll out the dough from the bowl. Using a bench scraper, divide the dough into 8 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball and set the dough balls on large baking sheets that have been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Score each ball with a small "x" on the top.
  6. Cover the baking sheet with a dish towel. Let rise for another 40 minutes.
  7. Preheat the oven to 400 F. Remove the dish towel and place the baking sheets in the preheated oven. Bake for 30 minutes.
  8. Remove from the oven and allow the bread bowls to cool for 20 minutes.
  9. Then, using a paring knife, cut the centers out of the bread bowls to be filled.
Nutrition
Calories per Serving 530
Total Fat 7.1 g
Saturated Fat 3.8 g
Trans Fat 0.2 g
Cholesterol 15.2 mg
Total Carbohydrates 100.8 g
Dietary Fiber 3.9 g
Total Sugars 5.0 g
Sodium 528.9 mg
Protein 13.7 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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