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Bread Bowl Recipe

Lil' Luna
These homemade bread bowls are surprisingly easy to make. Crusty on the outside, soft on the inside, they make a perfect vessel for your favorite soup!
5 from 20 votes
Prep Time 1 hr 45 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Servings 6


  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 3/4 tablespoon instant yeast
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups bread flour more or less as needed


  • In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, mix together the warm water, yeast, sugar, oil, salt, and 2 cups of flour. Add the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl and is smooth, but still slightly tacky. Knead the dough until smooth and elastic. Place in a greased bowl, cover, and light rise until doubled (about one hour).
  • Gently punch down the dough and divide into six equal pieces. Roll each piece of dough into a ball and place on a greased or parchment lined baking sheet. Cut an x in the top of each dough ball. Cover lightly with a kitchen towel and let rise until doubled, about 30-45 minutes. During the last 15 minutes of rise time, preheat the oven to 400. Bake 15 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through. Remove to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  • To serve, cut a circle out of the top of the bread bowl, then scoop out the inside of the bread to make a bowl. Ladle hot soup into the bowl and serve immediately.


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