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A Homestead Favorite: Authentic Sourdough Bread Bowls Recipe

MMMM! Nothing warms the body like a thick, hearty soup served in a delicious bread bowl. There are endless possibilities for filling them with fresh homemade goodness. Made with just 3 simple, staple ingredients: flour, water, and salt, our bread bowls recipe is a must-have from-scratch basic for your homestead kitchen. You can also enjoy these filled with your favorite creamy summer dip.

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Authentic Sourdough Bread Bowls

3 Ingredient Sourdough Bread Bowls for Soup or Dips
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Resting & Rise Time 3 hours
Course Appetizer, Breads
Servings 6


  • 2 C Sourdough Starter fed, active
  • 2 C Water warm(ish), not hot
  • 5-8 C Flour unbleached, all-purpose
  • 1 1/2 T Real Salt
  • 1-2 T Vinegar Optional as dough conditioner


  • In a large mixing bowl combine all ingredients by hand.
  • Watch your dough as it begins to come together. Add vinegar if using.
  • Scrape out onto floured surface and knead well for 7 mins, rotating and folding.
  • Put in prepared bowl.
  • Cover and allow to rise until doubled. 2 to 6 hours depending on your home temp.
  • Punch down an turn out onto oiled surface.
  • Divide into 8 -10 equal portions. You can weigh them if perfection is desired.
  • Shape into nice rolls and place on prepared pan for 2nd rise.
  • Slash each roll to allow for even rise. Cover the dough with a damp cloth.
  • Allow 3 to 6 hours for final rise/fermentation.
  • Preheat oven for 15 mins to 400 degrees F.
  • Brush tops with egg wash if desired.
  • Place a dish of hot water in the bottom of oven to allow bowls to steam while baking.
  • Bake for 30 minutes. Enjoy!



Let me know how your family liked this bread bowls recipe.

When I take them from the oven I allow them to cool before I remove the top, spread it with butter and toast it in a pan. I am careful to clear out a pretty deep area somewhat in the shape of an inverted pyramid. This removes some of the center so that I can have room for the soup and it makes a great toasted piece of bread to dunk with as well.

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