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Bread Bowl Recipe
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Resting Time:
3 hrs
Total Time
4 hrs

This easy homemade bread bowl recipe bakes up crusty, chewy, & so flavorful! Perfect for soups and dips. Just 4 simple ingredients!

Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bread bowl, bread bowl recipe, bread bowl soup, homemade bread bowls, how to make a bread bowl
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 307 kcal
  1. Combine the yeast and lukewarm water in a large bowl.

  2. When the yeast is fully dissolved and the mixture is starting to look foamy, stir in 3 cups of the flour until incorporated.

  3. Add the remaining flour and salt and stir until a stiff dough forms.

  4. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow the dough to rest for 30 minutes.

  5. Fold the dough as follows: top to bottom, bottom to top, right to left, left to right.

  6. Cover the bowl again and allow to rest for 1 hour, then repeat the folding process, cover, and rest for another hour.

  7. Divide the dough into 6 equal portions,* then roll into tight balls, smoothing the top surface.

  8. 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).

  9. Preheat the oven to 475 degrees F and place an oven-safe dish on the bottom rack.

  10. Carefully remove the plastic wrap, dust with flour, and score with a lame or sharp knife.

  11. 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.)

  12. Allow the bread bowls to cool completely, then use a sharp knife to cut the tops away.

  13. Scoop out the insides of the bread to create a hollow for the filling.

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Recipe Notes

*This recipe can also be used to make one large bread bowl.  Adjust bake time as needed.

Nutrition Facts
Bread Bowl Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 bread bowl)
Calories 307 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Sodium 584mg25%
Potassium 101mg3%
Carbohydrates 64g21%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.