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Bread Bowls

Have your chili and eat the bowl too. Bread bowls are a fun way to serve chili or soup.
I use Anneliese's fool proof french bread recipe, and form the dough to the outer side of oven proof Pyrex bowls. creating bread bowls.

Ingredients: yields 10-12 bread bowls
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cups hot tap water
  • 4 1/2-5 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons instant yeast
  1. Mix together first 4 ingredients.
  2. Stir yeast into 2 cups of flour and add to liquid mixture.
  3. Continue to add enough flour until the dough holds together in the shape of a ball, and is not sticky if you handle it with floured hands.
  4. Cover and let rise until double, about 1/2 hour.
  5. While dough is rising spray the outer side of soup sized oven proof bowls (I use Pyrex) and lay upside down on baking sheets. I have a convection oven which allows me to bake 6 bowls at a time. I can fit 3 bowls on each baking sheet. The remaining dough is fine to rest.
  6. Press balls into a flat disc and form it to the outer side of bowls, pressing some of the dough down onto the baking sheet which will form the rim of the bread bowl once baked.
  7. Bake in 400ยบ oven for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and peel bread bowls off Pyrex and place face up onto baking sheets. Immediately put bread bowls back in oven to brown the insides for another 6-8 minutes. Remove to a cooling rack. Repeat with remaining bread.
  8. To serve fill bowls with chili or soup.


  1. Oh just a bit of bread and chili right to the end. I can imagine the little ones would love the challenge of getting to eat it all. Beautiful presentation.

  2. What a clever idea! I wonder if it would work with smaller Pyrex bowls...I've got several of those scallop-edged (dessert?) bowls, which would hold about a cup of soup or chili - just right for me. Whenever I've had soup in a bread bowl in a restaurant, I've never been able to make it all the way to the bread.
    I love this idea :)

  3. Mmmm - that looks good. So that's how you make bread bowls! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Sweet, I'd love some full of chili!

  5. Wonder how it would work to cover the bowl with parchment paper rather than spraying with oil. I think I will try that.

  6. this is one of the best ideas i have come across in a long time - thanks for sharing! i am definitely trying these!!!

  7. I totally love it! That recipe is the best. You can turn it into everything!!

  8. I'm giving this a whirl soon. Great idea (the french bread recipe)!

  9. When I think of bread bowls, I always think of a time when we had a death in the family and someone who I hardly knew came by with bread bowls and soup for us. I've never thought to make them with the French bread recipe. Great idea, Kathy!

  10. What a delicious! bowl of soup for supper! I'll do it again...served with a dollop of sour cream and shredded cheese on top of the chili.