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Homemade Bread Bowls

One of our favorite bread recipes gets a makeover as bread bowls. Perfect for soup or chili and SO easy to make! This recipe makes 6 bread bowls. 
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword bread bowl, homemade bread
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 35 minutes
Servings 6 bread bowls
Calories 550kcal


  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1/4 cup  sugar
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast 2 packets
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 5 1/2 cups flour bread or all purpose

Egg Wash

  • 1 egg white
  • 1 Tbsp. water


  • In a small bowl, dissolve the sugar in warm water, and then stir in yeast. Allow to proof until foamy (about 5 minutes).
  • Mix oil into the yeast.
  • In a large bowl mix flour and salt. Pour liquid mixture into flour mixture.
  • Knead dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth (or use your bread hook/paddle on your kitchenmaid).
  • Place in a well oiled large bowl, and turn dough to coat. Cover with a damp cloth. Allow dough to rise until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down and divide into 6 portions. Shape each portion into a ball and place on greased baking sheet.
  • Cover and allow dough to rise 40 minutes.
  • Place a shallow pan (I use an 8x8 brownie pan) of water inside oven on the bottom rack. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. The water creates steam while the bread bakes.
  • Mix the egg white with 1 Tbsp. of water. Brush dough balls with egg wash.
  • Bake bread bowls for 20 minutes. Brush with egg mixture again, then bake another 15 minutes.
  • Let bread cool. Slice top off of roll and scoop inside bread out. Save bread for dipping in soup.
  • Fill with chili, chowder or soup.



I preheat my oven for 60 seconds and then shut it off. It makes for the perfect warm spot for my rolls to raise.


Calories: 550kcal