Homemade Bread Bowl Recipe

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This Homemade Bread Bowl Recipe is like comfort food to the max. Made with pantry ingredients and baked until golden brown. Serve immediately with your favorite soup or freeze for later.

I’m so excited to be sharing this Homemade Bread Bowl Recipe with you today! A simple and comforting recipe that makes soups and stews that much more delicious. Whether you’re making Creamy Chicken Wild Rice Soup or White Chicken Chili, it will be that much more special served in a bread bowl. What’s better than a bread bowl? A homemade, warm bread bowl.

Bread Bowl

Hello, Fall! Hello, Bread Bowls!

With the cooler temperatures slowly settling in for good, we know the soups, apple recipes and all things pumpkin are going to be here to stay! While I love soup as much as the next person, soup becomes that much more delicious when there is a bread bowl recipe involved! Yes, it takes a little time (as any bread recipe will) but the pay off is so worth it!

Dough After Rising

Main Ingredients Needed

My Bread Bowl Recipe is based off of this super simple Basic White Bread Recipe. No surprises here.

  • Warm Water – you want this to be the 110- 115 degrees F. Think a little warmer than baby bath water. Always err on the side of colder than warmer so you don’t kill the yeast.
  • Active Dry Yeast- I big puffy heart love Le Saf active dry yeast. I get the 1 pound pack from Costco and store extras in a clean, dry glass jar in the fridge.
  • Sugar or Honey- the yeast needs something to eat in order to create all that carbon dioxide and sugar or honey is just the ticket.
  • All Purpose Flour– this is the most common flour, so the one I suggest using. If you have bread flour, definitely use that!
  • Salt – please please please don’t forget to add the salt! This is the only flavor you’re adding to this bread bowl recipe, so without it, you’ll have big bland messes.
  • Butter – Salted or unsalted butter is just fine. If you’re nervous about using yeast, use unsalted butter.
  • Egg or Milk – used to help the bread bowls brown in the oven. Its an optional step but one I recommend for the best result.

bread bowl dough in bowl

How to Make Bread Bowls

This Bread Bowl recipe is not that hard to make at all, you just need a little time! For full recipe details, see the recipe card below.

  1. Proof the yeast. Stir warm water together with yeast and sugar. Dissolve and set aside to bloom.
  2. Stir 4 1/2 cups flour and salt together in the bowl of a stand mixer. Add in melted butter and stir to cool (if hot from being melted.)
  3. With mixer on, slowly stream in yeast and water mixture. After flour is incorporated, dough will still be very sticky.
  4. Sprinkle in flour until dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. (When you touch the dough, it will be tacky but not tacky enough to leave residue on your hands.)
  5. Knead for 6 minutes on low.
  6. Grease bowl and dough well. Cover with clean kitchen towel and set aside to rise 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  7. Punch down dough and divide into eight equal portions. Form into balls and place on baking sheets. Cover and rise another 30 minutes.
  8. Brush tops with beaten egg or milk and bake at 350 degrees F for 15-20 minutes.
  9. Cut a circle out the top to create a bowl. Scoop out the insides to create a deeper well. Fill with stew, soup, or chili.

Bread Bowl


Make your bread bowls ahead of time by making the recipe as written in entirety. After they are have been baked and cooled, store in airtight containers in the fridge for up to 5 days or the freezer for up to 3 months.

What to Serve in a Bread Bowl

I hope you love this recipe as much as we did! Be sure to print/pin/save/bookmark this recipe and use it all season long! Have a great day, friends!

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4.58 from 7 votes

Homemade Bread Bowls

This Homemade Bread Bowl Recipe is like comfort food to the max. Made with pantry ingredients and baked until golden brown. Serve immediately with your favorite soup or freeze for later.
servings 8 bread bowls
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 17 minutes


  • 2 cups warm water
  • 2 envelopes active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 5-6 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 1 egg (or milk) optional


  • Stir yeast and granulated sugar into the water. Set aside to proof.
    adding yeast
  • In a large bowl, measure out 4 1/2 cups of flour with the salt. Stir. Add in the melted butter and stir to cool {if the butter was still warm from being melted.}
    dry ingredients in a bowl
  • Pour in the yeasty water mixture and stir with the dough hook to combine. You may have to scrape as you go to incorporate all of the flour. Once the dough comes together, keep sprinkling in flour until dough cleans the sides of the bowl and it is sticky to the touch but won't stick to your hands. {I added in 5 3/4 cups total.}
    adding in yeast mixture
  • Knead 6 minutes. Grease ball of dough and bowl generously, cover with plastic wrap, and set in a warm spot to rise 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  • Punch down dough, divide into eight equal portions, form into balls, and place on the baking sheet to rise another 30 minutes to an hour.
    dough mounds
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush bread bowls with beaten egg {optional step} and bake 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven and cool 20 minutes.
    cutting hole into bread bowl
  • Cut a circle out the top to create a bowl. Scoop out the insides to create a deeper well. Fill with stew, soup, or chili! Serve.
    bread bowl


Calories: 355kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 644mg | Potassium: 91mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 205IU | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 3.7mg
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bread bowl, bread bowl recipe, how to make a bread bowl

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15 Responses
  1. Ellen B

    5 stars
    I have to try these – I may cut the recipe in half though. I usually use rapid rise yeast also so I’ll have to figure that out.

  2. Rainee

    5 stars
    Easiest bun recipe I’ve ever used. This was actually easier and less time consuming than using my breadmaker. Did this one by hand, and when they’re done, they are gonna be filled with the yummy goodness of Honey Garlic Pulled Pork. Thanks for this recipe 🙂

  3. Judy Goetsch

    I just found your site when I was looking for bread bowl receipes. I will look forward to getting more of your receipes.

  4. Betty

    5 stars
    I just made these tonight and hands down the best bread I have made so far, and I have made some food bread. The bread is soft and sweet and perfect.

  5. Chels R.

    I’ve been wanting to make homemade bread bowls for like…EVER! I usually buy them from Haggens down the street from us, but this will be wayy better.

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  7. Jenny Busch

    just love your bog, I tried several of your recipes to my liking! Haven’t found one I didn’t. Love your wittiness, and you telling about your husband and children.
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  8. Pat

    http://www.foodiewithfamily.com/2014/02/06/philly-cheesesteak-stew/ is a MUST to put in one of your bread bowls. OH MY!!I am going to make some of your bread bowls just to put some in myself. Thank you!

  9. Liz @ Floating Kitchen

    Yum! I have many fond memories of going into Boston as a kid and getting clam chowder in bread bowls. Never thought to make them at home. Can’t wait to try it!

  10. Natalie @ Paper & Birch

    Oooh, you have no idea how much i’m loving this! This is gonna make soup night this week soooooo much better! 😀 😀

  11. Heather @ Shards of Lavender

    5 stars
    My grandma was a big fan of bread bowls and used to make the best pumpernickel one. They always seemed difficult to make, but I’m really loving the easy steps and everyday ingredients you use for yours. Will definitely try! We made your coconut almond muffins last week and oh my goodness! Deliciousness…