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Homemade Bread Bowls

By: Cristen   www.foodandswine.com
Author: Cristen


  • 2 packets active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2  TBSP 4 1/2 tsp sugar or honey
  • 1/2 C warm tap water not hot
  • 1/4 C vegetable oil
  • 1/2 C milk I use 2%
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 1/4 C all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 C parmesan cheese optional
  • 1 tsp water + 1 egg for egg wash


  • In a large mixing bowl add yeast, sugar and warm water. ‘Proof’ yeast until foamy (5-10 min).
  • Add oil, milk, egg and whisk well.  Add salt and flour (and cheese if using) and fold into mixture until a shaggy mass forms.
  • At this point continue to knead by hand until a ball forms or immediately move to a heavy duty stand mixer to work dough until a smooth ball remains.  (6-8 minutes on low speed).
  • By hand, knead dough for 8-10 minutes, on a lightly floured work space until a smooth ball forms.  Place in clean oiled bowl and lightly oil the top of dough.
  • Cover bowl with plastic wrap, leave to rise in a warm area.
  • Let dough rise 60 minutes, or until double in size (this depends on the warmth of the environment, on a stove top of a pre-heating oven is where I place my dough).
  • When done rising, punch down to de-gas.
  • Cut into 4 pieces.
  • Shape the dough into four round loaves, pinching underside of loaf (see pictures above) so surface tension is created.
  • Lay on lined baking sheet to rise. Spray dough rounds with nonstick spray and cover with plastic wrap.  Let rise in warm area until double in size (60 minutes).
  • When ready to bake, remove plastic wrap.  Combine remaining egg and 1 tsp water, brush loaves with this egg wash mixture.  Slash dough 1/4”-1/2” deep with razor blade or very sharp knife.
  • Bake loaves in a 400 degree preheated oven for 20 minutes or until loaves are golden and sound hollow when tapped.  (Temperature: 190-200 degrees F on an instant read thermometer)
  • Remove from oven, place on cooling rack.  Cool until warm or room temperature. Makes 4 large bread bowls suitable for serving soups, dips and more.  This bread may also be sliced and served, it is soft, rich white bread.


*Variation: To bake larger bread bowls for dips, divide dough into 3 portions.  Follow steps as usual, increase baking time by 7-10 minutes.