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The Perfect Sourdough Bread Bowl: Simple And Easy

Sourdough Bread Bowl Recipe

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This delicious sourdough bread bowl recipe is perfectly capable to hold thick soups. Pair this delicious bread bowl recipe with your favorite hearty soup. I love to load these sourdough bread bowls with warm and comforting soups like chicken noodle soup.

  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 9 pieces 1x


  • 3 cups active sourdough starter
  • 1 ½ cups warm water
  • 1 tbsp instant yeast
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 68 cups of unbleached flour


  1. Begin by dissolving instant yeast in warm water. Mix the starter, water, yeast, salt, and 2 cups of flour in a large mixing bowl or the bowl of the stand mixer. Beat until the mixture is smooth.
  2. Next, gradually add the remaining flour, until the dough clings together. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface, and knead until the dough is smooth and no longer sticky. After this, place the dough into a lightly greased bowl, and cover it with a damp towel. Let the dough rise for 1-2 hours until it has doubled in size.
  3. Once the bread dough has doubled, punch it down and place it onto a floured surface. Divide the dough into 6-9 pieces, and roll them into a ball. Place the dough balls onto parchment paper, and cover them with a damp bread cloth, to rise for 30 to 35 minutes. Meanwhile, place a baking stone into the oven and preheat to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Once the bread balls have doubled in size, it’s time to place them into the oven. Brush the tops of the dough balls with melted butter, then use a sharp serrated knife to slash the tops with a cross. Slide the parchment paper with the dough bowls onto the preheated baking stone, and place a cup of water onto the oven rack.
  5. Bake the bread bowls for 20-25 minutes or until they’re a beautiful golden brown. Then remove the bread bowls from the parchment paper and return them to the baking stone, to bake the bottom of the bread bowl. Place the baked bread bowls onto a wire rack, allowing them to cool completely before you slice them.
  • Author: Natasha Krajnc
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Category: bread