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Homemade Bread Bowls

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I was at the store the other day and liked to have had a cow (that's Kentucky slang for throwin a fit) when I saw the cost of a round loaf of bread to use for a bread bowl. Almost $5.00! What???? I was NOT going to pay that price for some bread! I knew I had to see if I could make homemade bread bowls.

I started searching on my favorite recipe sites and finally found one that was worth trying: Bread Bowl Recipe from All Recipes.

I was kind of nervous because anytime I have fixed bread, it doesn't “poof” like it is supposed to. But this time . . . well . . . look . . . I was so excited! we filled them with my famous Olive Garden Chicken and Gnocchi Soup and they turned out delicious!
You can make this bread too using a stand mixer or a large mixing bowl.
How to Make Bread Bowls

Homemade Bread Bowls

Homemade Bread Bowls


  • 2 cups + 4 Tablespoons warm water
  • 2 packages of active dry yeast, 5 1/2 teaspoons
  • 1/2 cup 1 stick butter, melted
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 6 1/2 cups all-purpose flour


  1. Using a stand mixer or large mixing bowl, add warm water and sprinkle in yeast. Let dissolve for a few minutes until yeast becomes foamy. Add melted butter, sugar and salt and mix until combined. Gradually add flour. Once combined, allow your mixer to knead the dough for about 5 minutes. Punch dough down and form into 6 equal sized balls. Place on a greased cookie sheet and let rise until doubled. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool and cut off the top, remove some of the bread from the inside and fill with soup or dip.

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This was seriously so easy and made our soups taste like they came from Panera!

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David Leon

Saturday 9th of January 2021

Looks great! Can't wait to make it and add some homemade chili or chowder!

Jennifer Sikora

Sunday 10th of January 2021

These are my favorite for chili.

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Monday 25th of August 2014

[…] other delicious breads I have made, be sure to check out my recipes for Easy White Bread, Homemade Bread Bowls, and buttermilk […]


Wednesday 20th of August 2014

Don't know what happened but mine didn't rise at all. They doubled in size but when i baked them they didn't rise anymore and are hard :(

Jennifer Sikora

Monday 25th of August 2014

Did you knead the dough enough? Sometimes if you do not knead the dough and get the gluten activated enough they will do that. Keep trying until you get it!

Bek Wilkinson

Monday 4th of March 2013

these look delicious! I am going to try them tonight with Homemade Cream of Mushroom soup and Broccoli Cheese Soup.

I am no expert when it comes to baking bread, but I have learned a couple of tricks. I always add 1/4 tsp of sugar to my yeast and let it sit for about 5 minutes. I have never had any trouble with my yeast proofing. You can test your yeast by mixing it in warm water with the above mentioned sugar and let it sit for 5 minutes, if it is not bubbly, then the yeast has gone bad. Also, I just recently learned from my favorite chef on Food Network that salt will retard your yeast and make it stop "proofing" so she says to make sure you add a little flour to your wet ingredients before adding salt. According to her, adding the flour first will keep the salt from affecting the yeast. Just a couple more ideas for you to consider. The smell of the air after a spring rain and the smell of fresh baked bread are my two alltime favorite smells in the world. :) thanks for the recipe


Wednesday 16th of December 2009

That looks beeautiful! Yum.

When you have made bread before did you proof the yeast? Are you sure that you are kneading it long enough? Maybe you need to either add gluten or use bread flour? Is your warm place too warm or not warm enough? Maybe you need to let it rise longer. Just some ideas that come to mind on what might be the problem at other times.

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