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Homemade Bread Bowls

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 bread bowls


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 545 calories, 15g fat (4g saturated fat), 57mg cholesterol, 623mg sodium, 87g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 3g fiber), 13g protein.
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  • Spazzo73
    Dec 25, 2020

    My go to recipe, I have been using it when I make chicken chili for over ten years. I love the taste so much I have used the recipe to created hot dog and hamburger buns. And my dough hook on my kitchen aid does all the kneading for me.

  • angela32
    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
    Apr 12, 2015

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

  • Jeannineinsd
    May 31, 2013

    No comment left

  • neemaw
    Apr 4, 2013

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

  • nessjo
    Nov 17, 2011

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

  • cmkbf
    Sep 8, 2011

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

  • tarrahlea
    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.