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Bread Bowls

Bread Bowls
These bread bowls are the perfect vehicle for your favorite soup, chili or party dip.
Yield 3 bread bowls



  • 3 3/4 cups bread flour, divided
  • 1 (0.25oz) package (7g) or 2 1/4 teaspoons Red Star Active Dry Yeast
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup warm water (120-130°F)
  • 3 tablespoons white cornmeal (for dusting on sheet pan)


  • Add 1 cup flour, yeast, salt, sugar and yeast to stand mixer bowl; stir to combine. Add warm water to flour mixture, mix with paddle attachment for 4 minutes on medium speed.
  • Switch to dough hook attachment. Gradually add remaining flour and knead with dough hook for 5 to 7 minutes until smooth and elastic.
    (NOTE: For hand mixing: following above steps, mix ingredients in large mixing bowl using a wooden spoon or dough whisk. Knead on floured surface until smooth and elastic.)
  • Place dough in lightly oiled bowl and turn to grease top. Cover; let rise until indentation remains after poking dough with finger down to second knuckle, about an hour.
  • Turn dough onto lightly floured surface; punch down to remove air bubbles. Divide into 3 equal-sized pieces. Shape each piece into a smooth, round ball. Place on greased cookie sheet covered with cornmeal. Cover; let rise until indentation remains after touching.
  • Preheat oven to 425°F.
  • Spray or brush loaf with cold water before baking for a crisper crust. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes. Remove from cookie sheet; cool on wire rack.
  • To make bowls: Cut a thin slice off the top. Hollow out inside, leaving half-inch sides. Placing bowls in a 300°F oven for 10 minutes will dry sides and prevent premature soaking from the soup.


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Image by Matt Weber.

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Review & Comments

Russ | Reply

Is the cornmeal for the dough or just for the cookie sheet

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Russ,
The cornmeal is for dusting the cookie sheet. Recipe instructions are updated to clarify.
Happy baking!

Russ | Reply

Thank you Carol

Red Star Yeast |

You’re welcome!

Diane | Reply

Thank you for including the different methods of mixing – some days I just don’t feel like dragging out the stand mixer or bread machine (limited counter space!).

Fish's girl | Reply

The bread bowl recipe worked perfectly. I’ve always used Quick Rise Red Star yeast, but this is the first time I’ve used regular yeast from the jar. The dough had a wonderful texture. I can’t wait to try the other recipes.

Lila | Reply

I just wanted to let you know how much I like your Red Star yeast when I’m using my bread machine. I always get great results!!!

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