How To Make Homemade Bread Bowls {Tutorial}

21 Oct

*If you have never worked with yeast dough or haven’t been successful with yeast, my tutorial Yeast 101 may be helpful!

Who doesn’t love a big bowl of soup served in a homemade bread bowl on a nice chilly day?

In a large bowl (or bowl of an electric mixer), dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes. (You can omit this step if using instant yeast.)

Add salt, oil and 4 cups flour to the yeast mixture; beat well.

Stir in the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, beating well with an electric mixer at medium speed after each addition until a soft but not sticky dough is formed (you may not need to use all 7 cups). This bread bowl dough needs to be a bit firmer than a roll/bread dough so that the bread bowls rise up instead of out.

Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil.

Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 40 minutes.

Punch dough down

Divide into 6-8 equal portions.

Shape each portion into a round ball. Place loaves on lightly greased baking sheets sprinkled with cornmeal (or use silpat liners or parchment paper). If desired, slash the top surface of the bread bowl several times with a sharp knife or razor. Cover and let rise in a warm place, free from drafts, until doubled in bulk, about 35 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Bake in preheated oven for 15-18 minutes until golden brown and baked through.

Cut the top off and remove the dough from the middle. Serve filled with your favorite soup, stew or chili! Enjoy!

Italian Bread Bowls

*Makes 6-8 bread bowls

INGREDIENTS:
1 1/2 tablespoons active dry yeast (use 1 tablespoon instant yeast)
2 1/2 cups warm water
2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
7 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon cornmeal

DIRECTIONS:
In a large bowl (or bowl of an electric mixer), dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes. (You can omit this step if using instant yeast.)

Add salt, oil and 4 cups flour to the yeast mixture; beat well. Stir in the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, beating well with an electric mixer at medium speed after each addition until a soft but not sticky dough is formed (you may not need to use all 7 cups). This bread bowl dough needs to be a bit firmer than a roll/bread dough so that the bread bowls rise up instead of out.

When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 6 minutes (or let knead in an electric mixer). Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 40 minutes. Punch dough down, and divide into 6-8 equal portions. Shape each portion into a round ball. Place loaves on lightly greased baking sheets sprinkled with cornmeal (or use silpat liners or parchment paper). If desired, slash the top surface of the bread bowl several times with a sharp knife or razor. Cover and let rise in a warm place, free from drafts, until doubled in bulk, about 35 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bake in preheated oven for 15-18 minutes until golden brown and baked through.

Recipe Source: adapted from allrecipes.com

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10 Responses to “How To Make Homemade Bread Bowls {Tutorial}”

  1. Paula October 21, 2012 at 5:54 pm #

    I make fresh bread for my husband on a regular basis and he loves homemade soups. Thanks to your lovely post I think it’s time I put the two together!

    • alleyo {AtHomeWithAlley} October 22, 2012 at 10:20 am #

      Yes! I can’t wait to hear what you think! I think your Hubby is going to be very pleased! 😀

  2. harlotte October 21, 2012 at 9:42 pm #

    Brilliant! I have the opposite problem as Paula, I can never find a fitting bread bowl recipe. They’re either too bland or over-flavored. But this, this will be on our table very soon 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
    ~Harlotte@shamedless.wordpress.com

  3. Keith Chadwick October 22, 2012 at 12:35 pm #

    Definitely going to give this a try. I make bread several times a week for me and the boys and I think this is a great idea!

  4. ThePetitkitchen October 23, 2012 at 9:54 am #

    This is an awesome idea! It looks like it should be in a food magazine, a very belly warming recipe that fits in with the season well!

  5. MindyAnn December 2, 2013 at 8:40 am #

    do i need to mix the water and yeast and then let it sit? or just pour the water over the yeast and let it sit?? Sorry newbie here 🙂

    • alleyo {AtHomeWithAlley} January 5, 2014 at 11:56 am #

      Either way is totally fine! And, no problem! I’m so glad you asked! I personally measure my water and then sprinkle the yeast on top! Working with yeast isn’t as scary as it seems! 🙂 I’d love to hear back from you after you make it!!

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