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Bread Bowls

EllieS Oct 11, 2011 10:05 AM

Does anyone have a good recipe for bread bowls? The kind you hollow out and fill with soup. I want to serve french onion soup in them. I know I could use a random bread recipe, but want to know if anyone has a specific recipe they use for this application.


  1. monavano Oct 11, 2011 10:19 AM

    I wonder if the bread will absorb most of the broth? I've seen thicker soups and chili in bread, but never this. I also wonder how well the bread will survive the oven when the cheese on top needs to be melted.

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    1. re: monavano
      tzurriz Oct 11, 2011 10:20 AM

      I've done breadbowls for french onion soup before, they work out really well actually. I always just do a sourdough though. :)

      1. re: tzurriz
        monavano Oct 11, 2011 10:59 AM

        Good to know. I like my apilco crocks ;-)
        That, and I don't want to wait until the end to eat my bread/crouton!

        1. re: tzurriz
          cookingofjoy Oct 11, 2011 11:01 AM

          I've used the Artisan Bread in 5 master subbing in 2 c white whole wheat for a bread bowl for french onion soup, too. It's kind of amazing, but it worked well.

      2. kubasd23 Oct 11, 2011 12:38 PM

        I've found that they work best for cream based soups, like clam chowder, baked potato soup, etc. But french onion soup works well, too. I always use a sour dough to start off though

        1. todao Oct 11, 2011 01:12 PM


          1. splatgirl Oct 11, 2011 02:12 PM

            I do sourdough mini-boules for soup or chili, but basically any crusty, sturdy bread will work. The Tartine bread formula and method is a good one if you're into sourdough. One batch makes five or six mini boules.
            The No-Knead recipe would be a good one for this, too. If you reduce the hydration of the dough just a bit it will be easier to shape.

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