Homemade Bread Bowls

September 18, 2013

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If you are looking for a way to fancify any soup for things such as serving guests, or your grandma and want to impress then look no further because these bread bowls will have you covered. Who doesn’t love good, hearty carbs in giant roll form :)?

I love bread bowls but it’s one of those things I don’t think to buy when I’m doing my grocery shopping, I do however keep all of the ingredients on hand to make a basic bread dough, which is basically all that these are but in soft, individual bowl style form.

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When Fall and Winter come around I make soups like no other because I’m always cold. It seems the only way for me to get warm are: (1) really hot baths (2) crank the heater up to full blast then sit right next to one of the heat vents wrapped in a heating blanket; (3) drink hot cocoa and get cat tongue or lastly have a warm bowl of hearty soup.

It’s funny that I love winter so much because I don’t love being cold. I’m certain I get it from my mom. I’m always making fun of her in the winter as she will show up to my house in what’s got to be at least 10 layers, and she will often bring up how bitter cold it is where I live (even though we only live an hour apart).

When you are wearing tights, thermals, wool socks, two pair of pants, a shirt, a sweater, a down coat, gloves, a hat and a scarf how in the world could you be cold? Haha see what I mean it’s kind of funny.

Love ya Mom :). Gotta love that moment on a Christmas Story (where the kid can’t move in his snow suit), that’s my kids every winter dressed up in their snow gear.

They are wearing so many layers that there’s no possible way they could actually play in the snow, but they can roll in it and sort of make snow angels so that’s entertaining enough :).

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Prepare yourself  for the cold by making bread bowls to serve along with that warm pot of soup. Just try not to eat them before the soup is finished. Just do what I did and eat the tops while your waiting for the soup to finish.

Also, I wanted to mention, bread bowls are best paired with a creamy soup – not any of that watery stuff.

The thin soups would just make them soggy really fast and no one wants super soggy bread.

Some soups that I’d recommend are Cheesy Bacon Ranch Potato Soup, Creamy Potato Soup, Broccoli Cheese Soup, Enchilada Soup or the one I will be posting hopefully tomorrow – Roasted Cauliflower White Cheddar Soup (it is unbelievably good and perfect for these). Enjoy!

Homemade Bread Bowls

These homemade bread bowls are way better than store-bought. The ultimate way to enjoy a bowl of warm soup!
Servings: 5
Prep25 minutes
Cook25 minutes
Rise2 hours 15 minutes
Ready in: 50 minutes


  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp warm water , 110 degrees
  • 1 (.25 oz) pkg. active dry yeast
  • 2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 cup milk , warmed to 110 degrees
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 4 - 4 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tsp water


  • In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, whisk together 1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp warm water with yeast and sugar until yeast has dissolved, allow to rest 5 - 10 minutes.
  • Stir in milk, olive oil and salt, then add 2 cups of the flour and set the stand mixer with whisk attachment and blend mixture on low until well combined.
  • Switch to the hook attachment and add in 2 cups flour, knead mixture until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes, adding in additional flour (up to 1/2 cup) as needed to make a soft, smooth dough (it should pull away from the sides of the bowl).
  • Transfer dough to a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a damp towel and place in a warm place to double in size, about 1 1/2 hours.
  • Punch dough down and divide into 4 or 5 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a ball on a lightly floured work surface, while tucking edges under several times (I first would flatten slightly, then roll a piece as if rolling up cinnamon rolls, then tuck edges under to make a smooth ball, this just helps it hold it's structure).
  • Transfer rolls to a parchment paper lined baking sheet, cover with lightly oiled plastic wrap (or dust tops of rolls lightly with flour then cover with ungreased plastic wrap), let rest 40 - 45 minutes until nearly doubled. Preheat oven to 425 degrees during the last 10 minutes of rising.
  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together egg white and water until foamy and gently brush egg wash over tops of rolls.
  • Bake in preheated oven 19 - 24 minutes until hollow, laying foil over rolls near end as needed to prevent excessive browning. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack. Cut top centers from rolls and store in an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Bread Bowls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 441 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 2mg1%
Sodium 965mg42%
Potassium 181mg5%
Carbohydrates 77g26%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 93IU2%
Calcium 74mg7%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition values are estimates only. See full disclaimer here.


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    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      Not much, they just won’t have the same pretty golden crust but they won’t taste much different at all. You could use melted butter or milk instead and still get a nicely colored crust, or if they are already baking nothing at all is fine too.

  • Rena

    These are in my oven right now! I have always wanted to make bread bowls! Putting chicken pot pie soup in them for dinner tonight! Thanks so much, nice easy to follow recipe!

  • Jess

    I’ve been using kaiser rolls as bread bowls. This looks a little better! Thanks.

  • Karyn

    Thank you Love soup in bread bowls but can never find the right size in our area. Can not wait to try this. Just love your site.

  • marilyn

    In a perfect world I could order this from you. This looks like a delightful autumn dish. Yum:)

  • Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent

    These look so fluffy and amazing. Makes me want to go to Panera and get a bread bowl :)

  • Stephanie

    These look perfect for football season! Have u ever tried to freeze them before?

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      I haven’t tried freezing them before, I prefer them fresh but they’d probably freeze okay.

    • Jeff

      If you want to freeze, you should freeze after the first rising, punch down and shape. When ready to use, let thaw, then place in a warmer place with some moisture (try a 110 degree oven with a pan of Hot Water below the bread. let rise for about 60 mins, remove from oven (water, too) and heat oven to 425 and then bake according to recipe on bottom rack.