Easy Bread Bowl Recipe – Delicious homemade bread bowls made with just 6 simple ingredients! Golden brown on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. Nothing better than warm soup inside of a bread bowl!
Homemade bread bowls
There’s nothing more comforting on a cold day than a warm soup in a bread bowl. My family and I love making soups and my kids always get so excited when they see I’m serving the soup with bread bowls or rolls.
I’ve been known to pick them up from Panera, but I love to make them homemade when I’m in the mood. Homemade bread bowls are actually a lot easier to make than you may think. Plus they are SO delicious!
I adapted this bread bowl recipe from my french bread recipe and the bread bowls have the same great flavor. Soft and fluffy on the inside and golden and crispy on the outside. And they only need to rise for an hour, too! Seriously, these homemade bread bowls are really easy to make…you will be so glad you gave this recipe a try!
How to make a bread bowl
These homemade bread bowls do start with yeast, but don’t be nervous! Make sure you have warm water (bath tub temperature around 110°F) and fresh yeast. Then add the yeast to the water with the sugar and give it a good stir. Cover the bowl with seran wrap and then wait about 5 minutes until it starts to pouf up. Once it’s foamy, you’ll know it’s ready.
If in a cooler climate, you can place in the oven to help it rise quicker. Turn the oven to 150°F and then turn off. Place the bowl inside of the oven (leaving a slight crack) and let rise (about 20-30 minutes).
Another trick is to place the bowl on a heating pad. That will help it rise as well.
Form each piece into a ball and pinch the bottom to round it. Then place seam down on pan.
Cut an X on the top of the dough ball with a sharp knife and allow to rise for 30 minutes, or until doubles in size. Then bake at 400°F for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown. To serve, cut out a big round piece of the bread bowl top and hallow out the center.
Best soups for bread bowls
There are ALL types of soups that taste delicious in bread bowls! We tend to serve our homemade bread bowls with a soup that has a creamier consistency. Below are a few of our favorites.
- Chicken pot pie soup
- Broccoli cheddar soup
- White chicken chili
- Creamy sweet potato soup
- Corn chowder
- Crockpot potato soup
Quick tips for bread bowl recipe
- Make sure your water is bath tub temperature! You want it around 110°F.
- To knead, feel free to use a dough hook (this will quicken the process).
- To help your dough rise quicker, turn oven to 150°F and then turn off. Place bowl inside of oven (leave a small crack) and let rise about 20-30 minutes.
- You can also place the bowl on a heating pad to help it rise quicker too.
- Soups don’t have to be the only thing you put in your bread bowls! Try filling with meatballs and marinara sauce, sloppy joe’s or chicken salad.
- You can also fill bread bowls with your favorite dip! Like spinach artichoke dip, buffalo chicken dip or queso chorizo dip.
Homemade Bread Bowls
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons active dry yeast
- 2 cups warm water (110°)
- 1 Tablespoon sugar
- 5-6 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- Line two pans with parchment paper or a baking mat and set aside.
- Dissolve the yeast and sugar in a small bowl with warm water. Cover with seran wrap until it poufs.
- In a large bowl, combine 4 cups flour, salt, 1 teaspoon olive oil and the yeast mixture. Beat on medium speed (using a dough hook if you have one).
- Add 1/2 cup flour at a time until the dough becomes smooth, not sticky. Knead 3 minutes with a dough hook or 5-6 minutes by hand.
- Cover the dough ball with 1 teaspoon oil and place in a large bowl. Cover with seran wrap or a towel and allow to rise until doubles in size.
- Punch down the dough and then divide into six balls. Form each piece into a ball and pinch the bottom to round it. Then place seam down on pan. Cut an X on the top and allow to rise for 30 minutes, or until doubles in size.
- Preheat the oven to 400°F while bread bowls are rising. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown.
- For serving, cut a large round piece out of the top of the bread bowl and then hallow out the center.