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Bread Machine Bread Bowls

Let your bread machine do all the mixing and kneading for these Bread Machine Bread Bowls! Then shape the dough into buns and bake them in your oven. These buns are great for thick soups, stews and chilis.

If you’re looking for something to take your soups, stews or chilis to the next level, try these homemade bread bowls! Is there anything more delicious and comforting than eating a hearty meal right out of a bowl you can eat? These bread bowls are delicious and easy!

a top down view of bread bowls with their lids and centres cut out

About these Bread Bowls

You all know how much I love my bread machine, so of course, I make the dough for these bread bowls right in my bread machine! I let it do all the work of mixing and kneading, then I shape the dough into buns large enough for bread bowls. This recipe results in 6 medium/large bowls that have a crust that is robust enough to hold thicker soups, stews and chilis. And they’re so flavourful and delicious!

a top down view of bread bowls with their lids and centres cut out

Perfect for Soups, Stews and Chilis.

These bread bowls are absolutely delicious with hearty soups, stews and chilis. The most important thing to remember though, is they’re not great for really watery soups…you’re best to use a creamier soup like this Sausage Potato Soup. See my list of favourite recipes for bread bowls, below.

a top down view of a bread bowl filled with soup
a bread bowl filled with soup

Making bread bowls.

Once the buns have baked and cooled, it’s time to make them into bread bowls. This is the easy part! Use a small serrated knife and carve a circle out of the top of the bread bowls, you’re cutting out the lid (see images). Then carefully remove a portion of the bread filling, leaving just enough room for soup, chili or stew…you don’t want to remove everything from the inside of the bread bowl. Be especially careful not to remove too much near the bottom of the bowl to prevent leaking. Tip! You can keep the bread you removed and use it for dipping!

a top down view of bread bowls with their lids and centres cut out and one bread bowl filled with soup

Common Question about Bread Bowls

Question Number One:
Can I freeze these? Absolutely! These buns freeze well. Just store them in an airtight ziplock back and keep them in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Question Number Two:
What can I put in my bread bowl? Creamier soups, stews or chili. You can even make these individual portions for dips like spinach dip or hot buffalo chicken dip. See my list above for more ideas.

Question Number Three:
How do I eat these? You just do it. The fun thing about these bowls is eating them…so get right in there. You can use the lid to dip, you can tear off pieces of the bowl as you you make your way through your soup, stew or chili. Don’t be shy. 😉

Question Number Four:
Do bread bowls get soggy? The answer is yes. Soups, stews and chilis will make the bowl soggy over time, there’s just no way around it. I do not recommend letting soups/stews/chilis sit inside the bowl for long ahead of time, instead serve them right away. The bread bowls will absolutely keep their shape through dinner (and longer) though.

a bread bowl filled with soup

Bread Bowl Recipe Tips

  • Bread Machine: This recipe makes a 3 lb loaf, so make sure your machine can accommodate the amount of flour.
  • Flour: I like to use bread machine flour for this recipe, but you can also use all purpose. Bread flour just makes a more chewy, robust bread, which is what I wanted for these bread bowls.
  • Make sure your milk and butter are at room temperature. Cold ingredients do not stimulate yeast growth, and the dough won’t rise properly.
  • Baking the buns. Bake them on a baking sheet, spread the dough balls far apart so they have room to expand without touching each other.
  • If you want these buns ready for dinner (say 5:30), start this process around 1:30 in the afternoon, giving enough time for them to cool before cutting.
  • Cutting the tops of the buns. Make sure to read my tips above for cutting into the buns. The most important tip to remember is not to remove too much of the bread from the inside near the bottom of the bowl, to prevent leaking.
a bread bowl filled with soup

Bread Machine Bread Bowls

a top down view of bread bowls with their lids and centres cut out

Let your bread machine mix and knead these Bread Machine Bread Bowls! Then shape into buns and bake. Great for thick soups, stews and chilis.

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Rising Time: 2 hours, 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 bread bowls 1x
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Bread Machine


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  • 2 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 6 cups bread flour (see tips)
  • 3/4 tsp bread machine yeast


  1. Measure all of the ingredients in the order they are listed, into your bread machine. Do not stir.
  2. Choose the ‘dough’ option.
  3. Once the dough cycle has completed, remove the dough to a lightly floured surface and cover with a clean tea towel. Let it rise for 15 minutes.
  4. After this time, divide the bread dough into 6 equal portions.
  5. Now it’s time to shape the dough into bread bowl buns.
  6. Shape each portion of dough into a ball.
  7. You want the tops of the buns to be taut, so while keeping the dough in a ball shape, you need to tuck the dough at the bottom of each bun, underneath as you roll.  You’ll get the hang of it as you roll them!
  8. Grease a baking sheet with oil or line it with parchment paper.
  9. Then place the buns onto the baking sheet, spacing them out evenly.
  10. Cover with a clean tea towel and let rest and rise in a warm place for 1 hour, or until the dough has doubled in size.
  11. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  12. When the buns are done rising, bake for 25 minutes. When the bread is done, it will sound hollow when you tap on it, and the tops will be golden brown.
  13. Let the buns cool completely, at least 1 hour. You can cool them on the baking sheet or move them to a wire cooling rack.
  14. When you’re ready to use them as bread bowls, carve a circle out of the top of the buns.
  15. Then remove a portion of the bread filling, just enough to fill with soup.
  16. Serve right away.

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