Homemade Bread Bowls

Homemade Bread Bowls- Baker BettieMy husband and I were lounging around last night watching KU basketball and this conversation ensued:

Me: Why are you bored?

Him: I’m not bored. Why do you think that?

Me: You just seem to be emuting that.

Him: Emuting? That isn’t a word. What are you talking about?

Me: Emuting. You know. Like to emute something?

Him: No. I don’t know.

Me: I’m going to google it. Emute. Wait… Emote. That’s what I meant. EMOTING! You were emoting bordism…!

Him: Bordism? You know that is also a made up word right?

Ok, so I admit it. I suck at words. Spelling, and grammar, and just words in general. My friends will never let me live down the fact that once, after being given a movie for Christmas, I stated, “He buys me movies because he thinks I doesn’t read…” True story.

Homemade Bread Bowls- Baker Bettie

I love that my husband and I can just laugh about stuff like that. I never feel like he’s judging me. In fact, he often states that my little quirks make him love me more. And I definitely feel the same about him.

We don’t get to spend too much time together these days. Some days the only time we see each other is the few minutes before we leave for the day or go to sleep at night. But on the days when we do get a decent amount of time together we have often been cooking. I love having him in the kitchen with me. And not just because he always does the dishes. Though, I admit, that is a pretty big bonus!

Homemade Bread Bowls- Baker Bettie

Over the weekend I decided to make homemade bread bowls for the creamy tomato soup we had planned to make together. They turned out really pretty and were so easy to put together. Next I need to get a sourdough starter going so I can make some sourdough bread bowls! I’ll put that on my list (that is a mile long) of things I am anxious to make.

Homemade Bread Bowls- Baker Bettie

I think Fall may be my favorite season. It is just cool enough to wear cozy clothes and eat cozy things like soup in a bread bowl, but not so cold that I’m cranky and don’t want to leave the house. Plus, did I mention it’s soup weather?! I really love soup. Especially with good bread.

Get these bowls whipped up because I have a pretty darn amazing creamy tomato soup with tarragon and thyme coming up! You’ve gotta have a bowl to put your soup in. If you don’t have a bowl then no soup for you! 

Homemade Bread Bowls- Baker Bettie

Homemade Bread Bowls

Prep Time: 2 hours

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 5 Bowls


  • 2 TBSP sugar
  • 1 package dry yeast (about 2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 1/2 cup warm (not hot) water
  • 1/2 cup low-fat milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 4 cups bread flour, divided
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tsp water


  1. Dissolve sugar and yeast in warm water in a large bowl; let stand 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in milk, oil, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and eggs.
  3. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Add 3 1/2 cups flour to yeast mixture, and stir to form a soft dough.
  4. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic (about 8 minutes); add enough of the remaining flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent dough from sticking to hands (dough will feel tacky).
  5. Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  6. Punch dough down.
  7. Divide dough into 4 or 5 equal pieces.
  8. Take each piece and pull down the sides toward the bottom to create a smooth top. Place the dough, seam side down, on a clean work surface. Place the palm of your hand over top and roll in a circular motion, keeping the seam side down to seal.
  9. Transfer the rolls to a parchment lined baking sheet and let rise for another 45 minutes, until doubled in size.
  10. Preheat oven to 425ºF.
  11. Whisk together the egg white and water and brush the mixture over top of the rolls.
  12. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown and cooked through.
  13. Cool on a wire rack before cutting tops off.


  1. Beautiful. I need to do this!

  2. I was thinking as I was reading this: being a words person, I think the word you’re actually looking for is exude- he was exuding bordism. ;-)

    These bread bowls look terrific. I love soup season, and I think it’s half because of the bread that goes with the soup! Can’t wait to try this. I have sourdough starter in the freezer, I just haven’t gotten around to making it yet. This recipe inspires me though! Mmmm sourdough breadbowl…

  3. aww!!! lol it’s ok, I’m really good with words but I do not understand science. So we’re even ;)

    You and Chris are so cute! And these bread bowls look OMG amazingggg. Love. More carbs=better :P

  4. Look real good will have to try these thank you for sharing

  5. How do I make one of these appear immediately in front of my for dinner? Fabulous!

  6. AndynMandy Yearwood Gang says:

    Was wanting a bread bowl recipe…thanks! And, I'm the same way…a word inventor….my husband, thankfully, feels the same way about it as yours does. :) We're blessed.

  7. Debra Summers says:

    This looks like something good to make to put soup in. Looks yummy.

  8. Gotta cooold day com'ng up and I need to try these bread bowls for my soup!

  9. Jessica Hankins says:

    Ooo, perfect for our snow day vegetable barley soup…

  10. Hey Kansas girl! I’m Googling bread bowl recipes and yours was the first to came up. You’re a Kansas girl, I’m a Kansas girl, I think this recipe was meant to be used. By me.

    I’m going to put Fettucini Alfredo in it, aw yeah. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Okay recipe…but bread is pretty bland

  12. Those bread bowls are so small in comparison with the size of the spoons pictured beside them; they look like they’d only be good for a few spoonfuls before you’d have to refill. Looks like it’d be cumbersome to serve to guests if everyone needs to constantly refill their bread bowls after a few spoons of soup.

    • Baker Bettie says:

      The bowl pictured holds about 6 oz of soup, which is a fairly normal size portion. If you read the recipe it states that you can make 4 or 5 bowls. I made 5, so if you made 4 the bowls would be bigger and would hold more soup. The spoons pictured are very large and are more a prop. You can definitely use a smaller spoon or make bigger bowls or not make the bowls at all! You have so many choices!

  13. Ashley Bates Smith says:

    I made these last night and they were amazing! Thank you for a new favorite recipe.

  14. You had me at "watching KU basketball"… :) will definitly try these!!!

  15. Making these right now, I was sold on the photos. The last home bread I made I didn’t brush with egg white, so I think this will be the trick to an awesome crust… Thanks!!!

  16. Sarah Auzina says:

    I made these last night with French onion soup for the birthday dinner for the Mrs. So, so yummy! And so beautiful! I was very impressed with myself, but I have the recipe to thank! :)

  17. So I made these tonight and they were wonderful! SOO good and not too hard to make either. We will definitely be making them again. I did have a question, do you know how you would you make sourdough ones?

  18. I’m getting ready to bake and was excited but now nervous. When I brushed with egg white they deflated. I know they can raise again… I’m worried I am not going to get the bowl effect…. Sigh

  19. Update… Didn’t get the bowl affect. :( more like ciabatta…. I will try again another day.

  20. Lisa Huntsinger says:

    I made these yesterday and they came out awesome and were super easy to make

  21. Yummy-ness! They were the perfect size. I made 4 of them,and filled them with homemade clam chowder. The bread was so tasty! We each filled our bowls once,ate the soup and the lids and we were stuffed! As much as we wanted to eat the bowls,they just wouldn't fit in our bellies. Believe me these bread bowls allow for PLENTY of soup inside!

  22. I'm so glad you loved them Ashley!

  23. Thank you so much for the feedback Erica! I love that you made them and I totally understand about not being able to eat the whole bowl!

  24. Awesome Lisa! That makes me so happy!

  25. You definitely should Julie! Let me know if you do!

  26. Too many snow days, not enough soup!

  27. Rock Chalk!

  28. It definitely is Debra! Let me know if you try them!

  29. Just made these! Super easy, fun , and delicious!

  30. Trying these now!!! It’s the hubby’s birthday and he’s requested beef stew bread bowls. Well I’m terrified of making bread because I mess it up every time!!! So far so good though!! They’re on the second rise and smell yummy :) I’ll update you on how they turn out and tasted!


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