Bread | October 6, 2020

How To Make Bread Bowls

Tender, flakey, and easy! In this post we show you how to make bread bowls.  They are the perfect companion to any creamy soup.  What is better than a bowl that you can eat?!

Bread bowls on a wooden cutting board. Some have the tops removed and others don't.

What is a bread bowl?

bread bowl is a round loaf of bread which has had a large portion of the middle cut out to create an edible bowl. They are typically larger than a roll but smaller than a full sized loaf of bread.

An overhead shot of bread bowls on a baking sheet. Some one the tops removed with the insides scooped out and some do not. the tops are to the side.

What Do I Need To Make Bread Bowls?

The Ingredient List is Simple, you’ll need:

  • 2 tbsp dry active yeast
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3/4 tbsp kosher salt
  • 2 cups very warm water (not hot)
  • 4-5 cups all purpose flour
  • about 1 cup corn meal

Ingredients needed for how to make bread bowls. They are on a baking sheet and include flour, cornmeal, yeast, sugar, oil, and salt.

How To Make Bread Bowls

1. Begin by combining 2 tbsp active dry yeast, 2 tbsp sugar, 2 olive oil, 3/4 tbsp kosher salt, and 2 cups very warm water in a large mixing bowl.  I like to use the bowl of my kitchenaid stand mixer.

2. Let proof for 5 minutes.  The yeast should bubble and grow a bit.  If it doesn’t, your yeast is dead and you will need to buy new yeast.

3. Add in 4 cups of flour and kneed using the dough hook of your stand mixer until it pulls away from the sides and forms a ball.  If it does not begin to form a ball, gradually begin to add in up to one additional cup of flour. Kneed for several minutes.

4. Cover with a thin towel and let rise until doubled in size. About 20 minutes.

How to make bread bowls steps 1-4: combine yeast and sugar, let proof, add flour, let rise.

5. Once risen, punch down dough.

6. Form into 6 equal sized balls and roll in corn meal.  Place on a baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper and dusted with additional cornmeal.

7. Cover with a thin towel and let rise until doubled in size. About 20 minutes.

8. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Bake 15-20 minutes, or until lightly browned and hard to the tap on top.

How to make bread bowls steps 5-8. Let the dough rise, form balls, let rise, and bake.

Bread Bowl Q&A

Are you supposed to eat a bread bowl?

The proper way to eat a bread bowl is to consume the soup first with real utensils and then consume the bowl.

Where did the bread bowl originate?

The first writing of the Italian Bread Bowls was in 1427 an Irish noble attempting to impress a British Duke. The Duke was so impressed with the Bread Bowl that he gave the Irishman money to open a Bread Bowl shop in what is today known as Dublin.

An overhead shot of bread bowls on a wooden cutting board. one has its top on and one does not.

What should I Serve In My Bread Bowls?

Try our:

Clam Chowder

Broccoli Cheese Soup

Cauliflower Soup

Baked Potato Soup

Ham and Potato Soup

You can also use a bread bowl to serve dip!  Try our spinach dip or our clam dip!

Bread bowls stacked on a wooden cutting board.

How long will bread bowls keep?

You can keep bread bowls that had not been used in an airtight container for 3 days. We do not recommend keeping a bread bowl that has had soup inside of it already.

A close up of bread bowls on a baking sheet.

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How To Make Bread Bowls
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
1 hr 20 mins
 

Tender, flakey, and easy! In this post we show you how to make bread bowls.  They are the perfect companion to any creamy soup.  What is better than a bowl that you can eat?!

Course: bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: almond bread, bread bowl, easy dinner rolls
Servings: 6
Calories: 364 kcal
Author: Kadee
Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp dry active yeast
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3/4 tbsp kosher salt
  • 2 cups very warm water not hot
  • 4-5 cups all purpose flour
  • about 1 cup corn meal
Instructions
  1. Begin by combining 2 tbsp active dry yeast, 2 tbsp sugar, 2 olive oil, 3/4 tbsp kosher salt, and 2 cups very warm water in a large mixing bowl.  I like to use the bowl of my kitchenaid stand mixer.
  2. Let proof for 5 minutes.  The yeast should bubble and grow a bit.  If it doesn't, your yeast is dead and you will need to buy new yeast.
  3. Add in 4 cups of flour and kneed using the dough hook of your stand mixer until it pulls away from the sides and forms a ball.  If it does not begin to form a ball, gradually begin to add in up to one additional cup of flour. Kneed for several minutes.
  4. Cover with a thin towel and let rise until doubled in size. About 20 minutes.
  5. Once risen, punch down dough.
  6. Form into 6 equal sized balls and roll in corn meal.  Place on a baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper and dusted with additional cornmeal.
  7. Cover with a thin towel and let rise until doubled in size. About 20 minutes.
  8. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Bake 15-20 minutes, or until lightly browned and hard to the tap on top.
Nutrition Facts
How To Make Bread Bowls
Amount Per Serving (1 bowl)
Calories 364 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 878mg38%
Potassium 102mg3%
Carbohydrates 68g23%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 9g18%
Calcium 15mg2%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

 

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