This isn’t even so much a recipe as a tip. Using frozen bread dough to make bread bowls is so simple and can add so much to any soup or stew recipe. Plus, serving soup in a bread bowl is totally fancy!
I buy the Rhodes frozen bread loaves and let them thaw just enough to cut into thirds. You could certainly make them bigger and just cut them in half, but I found a third is plenty if you eat the soup and the bowl. They are quite filling.
EASY BREAD BOWLS FROM FROZEN BREAD DOUGH
- 1 loaf frozen bread dough
- 2 T butter melted
- Take frozen bread loaf out of the freezer and put on a cookie sheet
- Cover with plastic wrap sprayed with cooking spray
- Once dough is thawed enough to cut (about and hour) cut into thirds and roll into balls
- Cover with plastic wrap again and let rise until about a third bigger. This can take anywhere from 2 to 4 hours depending on the temperature in your house.
- Once the dough balls have risen to the size you want, brush with 2 Tablespoons melted butter
- Bake in a 350 degree oven for 15 min until golden brown on the outside.
Also, thicker soups such as cream soups, chili and stews work better in these bowls than broth based soups such as chicken noodle or beef barley.
Once you have cut the bowls into thirds, spray cooking spray on your hands and roll them into balls and place on a cookie sheet. Spray some plastic wrap with the cooking spray and cover until they have risen to the size you want. It can take anywhere from 2 to 4 hours depending on the temperature of your house. But they should have not quite doubled in size, maybe one third bigger.
The bowls should be brushed with melted butter before you put them in the oven. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 min until they are golden brown on the outside.
Let the bowls cool slightly before cutting a hole in the top and pulling out the bread inside. Then, fill with your favorite stew or soup such as Best Broccoli Cheese Soup.