Bread Bowl

I have been working up my courage for this day. I have finally baked bread bowls and served soup in them!! Yay!! 

A dream come true!! I have finally broken an invisible barrier in my mind and baked these cute bread bowls. Thanks to my BM buddy, Varada, who has helped me with some pointers to get it the right way. 

My first attempt was not a satisfying one. So I consulted with Varada and figured out that I had not waited for a second rise after the shaping of the dough. Also the scoring on top was not deep enough. So the result was misshapen bowls, cracked open at odd places :(. But the good part is I fixed those mistakes and was able to achieve satisfying results. 

Week 2 of BM #48 will see me baking some yeasty goodies from the list here. For Day 1, check out these bread bowls.

Recipe referred from here and here
Ingredients - 

Bread Flour 1 3/4 cups
Active Dry Yeast 2 1/4 tsp
Warm Water 3/4 cup
Salt 3/4 tsp
Sugar 1 tsp
Olive Oil 1 Tbsp (divided use)

Bread Bowl

Method Of Preparation -

Add sugar to warm water and set aside for about 7-8 minutes in a warm place for the yeast to 'wake up' - Proofing the yeast!

Sift the bread flour, add salt to it and gradually add the yeast solution and 2 teaspoons of oil and knead for about 5-6 minutes to get a soft and pliable dough. [I used an electric stand mixer for the job.]

Place the dough in an oiled bowl, cover and set aside in a draft-free, warm place for about 45 minutes. [I heated the oven for 3 minutes, switched it off and then placed the bowl with the dough in the oven and powered the light on.]

After 45 minutes, the dough would have doubled. Deflate the dough, and make 4 equal portions.

With oiled hands, stretch each portion into a tight ball, pinching the bottom with your fingers and rolling around on the counter to seal and shape. If the ball is too loose it may deflate while baking, so be sure to make a nice tight shape. 

Place the balls on a parchment lined baking tray. Slash the top with a sharp knife to score in an X shape. Cover and let rise again until doubled in size, about 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 400 °F. Place an empty tray on the top shelf of the oven and fill it with hot water.

Lightly brush water on each of the buns and place them in the oven and bake for about 25-20 minutes or until the tops turn golden brown.

Remove, let them cool and voila!! The bread bowls are ready to be carved and can be used to serve any thick soup. 

To carve, cut out the top and scoop out the bread from the inside to make space for the soup.

Bread Bowl

I served the Classic Broccoli-Cheddar Soup (recipe coming soon..) which served as a filling meal!

Preparation Time 20 min + Resting Time 80 min + Baking Time 25 min 
Makes  4 small bread bowls
Posted by Harini R on Saturday, January 10, 2015


  1. oh wow harini, they look stunning!! It is in my bake list for a long long time!!! Must take up the courage and bake them soon!!!

  2. Wow! Harini they look awesome. Thanks for the mention. Happy to help. :)

  3. Suja Says:
  4. Looks so cute and delicious

  5. that last photo with the soup dripping out is so tempting

  6. Wow..kudos Harini this is a achievement and so well made..Varada is truly a pro st baking and we should be happy she is a part of our group.

  7. Good you perfected this one. A yummy bread soup bowl.

  8. Srividhya Says:
  9. Wow. Bookmarking this. Perfect for veggie chowders

  10. Wow!!!perfectly made bread bowl Harini..The last click makes me hungry..

  11. Suma Gandlur Says:
  12. Wow, they have come out cute. Until now, I too haven't had the courage to attempt the bread bowls though my husband has been asking me to give a try. Your post is going to come handy when I try. :)

  13. Srivalli Says:
  14. That's amazing Harini, congrats on the well done buns..looks so cute!

  15. Wow ! Very well made bread bowls . Superb!

  16. They look awesome! Been wanting to bake these cuties for a long you gave me some encouragement :)

  17. Priya Suresh Says:
  18. Omg, excellent bread bowl, you nailed them prefectly.

  19. Unknown Says:
  20. Bread bowl looks excellent!!! Can't wait to try it..

  21. Padmajha Says:
  22. Wow! It has come out so well Harini! Kudos to your efforts :)

  23. Pavani Says:
  24. Perfectly made bread bowls Harini.

  25. Archana Says:
  26. Wow Harini these are amazing bowls I love the bowls. Bookmarking.

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