Homemade Bread Bowl

Homemade Bread Bowl

Prep: 5 mins

Cook: 35 mins

Rising: 60 mins

Total: 100 mins

Servings: 4 servings

Yield: 1 bread bowl

Bread bowls are a beautiful and fun way to serve dips, soups, and stews. They’re easy to prepare and you can make them large or small for individual servings; this recipe makes one large bread bowl, but you can split up the dough and make single-serve bowls for soup if you prefer. The recipe calls for a few basic ingredients to create a simple dough, which is baked in a Dutch oven. The top is cut off, some of the middle is pulled out, and then the shell is baked again to prevent the bowl from getting soggy when filled.  

A bread bowl is delicious filled with spinach and artichoke dip, but you could also try cheeseburger dip, instant pot potato soup, french onion soup, or New England clam chowder. 


  • 3 cups bread flour, or all-purpose

  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 1 1/4 cups lukewarm water

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided, plus more for oiling the bowl

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Homemade Bread Bowl

  2. Add the flour, yeast, salt, water, and 1 tablespoon of the olive oil to a bowl. Stir until it becomes a shaggy dough.

    Homemade Bread Bowl

  3. Use your hands to help the mixture come together into a loose dough. Place the dough in an oiled bowl and allow it to rise, covered, for 1 hour.

    Homemade Bread Bowl

  4. Preheat the oven to 475 F. Place a medium-sized (6-quart) Dutch oven in the oven to heat for 15 minutes. Form the dough into a single, tight ball and place it on a piece of parchment paper. Using the paper, transfer it to the hot Dutch oven and bake, covered for 30 minutes.

    Homemade Bread Bowl

  5. After 30 minutes, remove the lid and bake uncovered for an additional 15 minutes, or until browned.

    Homemade Bread Bowl

  6. Remove the bread from the pan and allow it to cool for 10 minutes. Cut a lid off of the top of the loaf and set aside.

    Homemade Bread Bowl

  7. Scoop out the inside of the bread to create a clean bowl, removing most of the soft crumb; you can save it for another use. If using the bowl for dip, cut the bread lid into cubes.

    Homemade Bread Bowl

  8. Brush the inside of the bread bowl with the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and bake again for 10 minutes to toast the inside of the bread bowl. Do this especially if you are serving soup, as it will keep the soup from making the bread bowl too soggy.

  9. Once warmed, place your favorite dip or soup inside the bread bowl and serve.

    Homemade Bread Bowl

Recipe Tips

  • You can let the dough rest, covered in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours before baking. Just make sure to reshape it before placing it into the Dutch oven to bake.
  • Do not skip the step of brushing the inside of the bread with oil and baking again. Especially if you are going to serve soup in the bowl. This will keep it from becoming mushy and falling apart.

Recipe Variations

  • Separate the dough into four smaller balls for personal-sized bread bowls. Bake them on a parchment-lined baking sheet, checking the internal temperature after 25 minutes or so.
  • You can also use the same baking and hollowing-out method with store-bought pizza dough.
  • If you have a sourdough starter, feel free to add some of the discard to this bread dough for extra flavor and texture. Just make sure to add more flour to counteract the moisture in the starter.
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 434
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1063mg 46%
Total Carbohydrate 75g 27%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 19mg 1%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 113mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


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