Homemade Bread Bowls Recipe
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Homemade Bread Bowls Recipe

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Instead of offering bread with you favorite kettle creation, our Test Kitchen home economists suggests serving it inside of these bread bowls!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1 cup warm milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 6 to 6-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Cornmeal

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 545 calories, 15g fat (4g saturated fat), 57mg cholesterol, 623mg sodium, 87g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 3g fiber), 13g protein .


  1. In a bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the milk, shortening, sugar, eggs, salt and 2 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  2. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface. Divide into eight pieces; shape each into a ball. Grease two baking sheets and sprinkle with cornmeal. Place four balls 3 in. apart on each prepared pan. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.
  3. For bread bowls, cut a thin slice off the top of bread. Hollow out bottom half, leaving a 1/4-in. shell (discard removed bread or save for another use). Fill with chili, chowder or stew. Yield: 8 bread bowls.
Originally published as Bread Bowls in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2002, p178

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angela32 247617
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2016

"I made these recently and they turned out great. My family loved eating their soup out of the edible bowls."

DeliciouslyResourceful_Gina 224727
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2015

"Okay, but not enough flavor. Will try again with more salt and seasonings"

neemaw 205552
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2013

"very goooooood !!! the smell while baking is divine !!"

nessjo 129730
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2011

"Simply delicious! Definitely one to make again on a chilly night!"

cmkbf 54902
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2011

"First time making bread bowls- this recipe is easy and delicious! will be making again!"

tarrahlea 129729
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2011

"I have made these bread bowls several times and my family loves them. They are very similar to the bowls we get at a local deli."

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