These Bread Bowls made from frozen bread dough are really simple to make. You can make 6 for $2.14, that’s just 36¢ per serving!
Whoever came up with the idea of Bread Bowls deserves a place in a culinary hall of fame! They combine two of my favorite things: bread and soup, to create an amazing meal.
Beautiful and practical, these turn your favorite wintertime soup into a fun dining experience! Bread Bowls seem to make your meal a little more special. I know it will become a family favorite for years to come.
Bread Bowls from Frozen Bread
With this recipe hack, you will be eating soup out of bread bowls anytime you want. Because let’s be real, we do not always have time to make everything from scratch. So if we can have some shortcuts here and there that produce the same result; I am all for it.
This recipe is made with white bread dough, but feel free to mix and match dough types to complement your soup.
The key with these Bread Bowls is to plan ahead! These bread bowls take very little active prep time, but overall take about 4-7 hours, depending on your dough thawing method. Let me show you how to make bread bowls from frozen bread dough!
Bread Bowl Recipe Questions answered:
How do you heat a bread bowl?
Bake the bread bowls at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until golden brown.
To reheat the bread when it has been stored at room temperature, place the bread in a 225 degree F oven until heated through, about 10-15 minutes.
How do you eat a bread bowl?
Bread bowls are literally genius! Delicious and no bowls to wash? Sign me up folks! To eat a bread bowl, use the cap of the bread bowl to dip in the soup. Or if you love bread as much as me, just eat it. Then eat the soup with a spoon. Lastly, you can begin tearing pieces of the bread bowl from the outer edges and eat it until you finish it.
How do you reheat bread in a microwave?
There are three things to keep in mind when reheating bread in a microwave. First, it should be slightly moist to avoid drying it out. Just use a damp paper towel and lay it on top of the bread. Next, cover it. Cover the bread bowl with another paper towel. Lastly, keep the microwave power low. Microwave it at 30-50% power for one minute.
Soup Recipes Perfect for Bread Bowls:
- Chicken and Gnocchi Soup from Olive Garden
- Chicken Barley Soup
- Classic Tomato Soup with Basil
- Chicken Tortilla Soup
- Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup
- Corn Chowder
- Creamy Vegetable Soup
- Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup
- Shortcut Italian Wedding Soup
- Slow Cooker Baked Potato Soup
- Slow Cooker Beef and Barley Soup
- Tuscan White Bean Soup
HOW TO MAKE BREAD BOWLS FROM FROZEN DOUGH:
First, loosely cover the dough with plastic wrap, and thaw the dough overnight in the refrigerator, or on the counter for about 5-6 hours. The dough should be thawed but still cold. (I personally like thawing the dough overnight in the refrigerator because it’s easier for me.)
Next, shape each 1-pound chunk of dough into 3 equal balls, and space them out on a parchment-lined baking sheet or on a silicone nonstick mat as I did.
Then, brush each dough ball with the beaten egg.
Next, lightly grease the plastic wrap and place loosely over the dough balls.
Let dough rise until doubled in size, and remove the plastic wrap.
Then, bake until golden brown.
Next, cool dough until warm. Then cut off the top of each bread by placing your knife at a 45-degree angle while you cut.
Cut all the way around, and gently twist the cut bread off.
Then, use your fingers to gently compress the sides and bottoms of the bread to create a larger well.
Finally, fill with your favorite soup, and enjoy!
- These will keep, in an air-tight container, for up to 3 days. You may need to soften them by heating them for about 20 seconds in the microwave.
- You will have some extra egg leftover after brushing the dough balls. If you double this recipe, DO NOT double the beaten egg! 1 egg is enough to brush 6 dough balls.
- The soup in these bowls is my Creamy Vegetable Medley Soup.
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How much will this recipe cost?
RECIPE COST: $2.14
PER SERVING COST: $0.36
NOTE: The recipe prices are used calculating name brand products from Walmart’s website. The actual cost of the recipe will vary depending on what your pantry is already stocked with and current grocery prices.
- 2 pounds frozen bread dough – $2.04
- 1 large egg – $0.10
Bread Bowls from Frozen Dough
- 2 1-pound frozen bread dough thawed but still cold (I like using Rhodes)
- 1 large egg beaten
- Line baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
- Slice the thawed dough into 6 equal pieces, and roll each piece into a tight ball.
- Place dough balls 4-inches apart on prepared baking sheet, and brush with egg. Spray large piece of plastic wrap with nonstick cooking spray, and lightly cover plastic rap over dough. Let dough rise in warm place until double in size, about 2-3 hours.
- Carefully remove plastic wrap. Bake at 350 degrees F for 25 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool bread on a wire rack until just warm.
- With knife at an angle, slice top off bread. Compress sides and bottom of bread to form a well. Fill with your favorite soup, stew, chili, or dip. Serve.
I have recently updated some of the info and pictures for this post. A few of the originals are below.