This easy homemade bread bowl recipe bakes up crusty, chewy, & so flavorful! Perfect for soups and dips. Just 4 simple ingredients!
Combine the yeast and lukewarm water in a large bowl.
When the yeast is fully dissolved and the mixture is starting to look foamy, stir in 3 cups of the flour until incorporated.
Add the remaining flour and salt and stir until a stiff dough forms.
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow the dough to rest for 30 minutes.
Fold the dough as follows: top to bottom, bottom to top, right to left, left to right.
Cover the bowl again and allow to rest for 1 hour, then repeat the folding process, cover, and rest for another hour.
Divide the dough into 6 equal portions,* then roll into tight balls, smoothing the top surface.
Place the dough balls on a parchment-lined baking sheet, cover with oiled plastic wrap, and allow to rise until doubled in volume (approx. 30 to 45 minutes).
Preheat the oven to 475 degrees F and place an oven-safe dish on the bottom rack.
Carefully remove the plastic wrap, dust with flour, and score with a lame or sharp knife.
Pour hot water into the dish and bake the bread bowls until browned, crusty, & hollow-sounding (approx. 30 to 45 minutes). (The internal temp should register 190 degrees F.)
Allow the bread bowls to cool completely, then use a sharp knife to cut the tops away.
Scoop out the insides of the bread to create a hollow for the filling.
*This recipe can also be used to make one large bread bowl. Adjust bake time as needed.