No-Knead Bread Bowls

Posted on September 24, 2014
Hi Everyone! With the fall season also comes soup season, which I am very happy about since I could pretty much eat soup for every meal of the day, every day. At least in the fall. I love baking bread and do so pretty regularly, often using the NY Times No-Knead Bread recipe which is so easy and always very good! It always makes a beautiful loaf of bread that’s great to serve with salads, pastas, soups and stews, but can also be used to make something else… soup bread bowls! Because you can hardly find a cozier meal than some steaming hot soup in a big bread bowl. Sure, it’s not exactly light on the calories or the carbs, but on those days when you are craving some serious comfort food, it’s just what you need!
(Adapted from The NY Times No-Knead Bread Recipe)
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp dry yeast
2 tsp salt
1 5/8 cup water
Cornmeal or extra flour for dusting
Delicious soup to fill the bread bowls with!
1. Combine the all-purpose flour, yeast and salt in a large bowl. Add in the water and stir together until a super sticky dough forms. Then, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it sit in a warm spot for 12 – 20 hours. (I usually let mine rise for about 14 hours.)
2. Once the rising time is up, you should have a VERY sticky dough with lots of bubbles all over the surface. It will seem like you won’t even be able to work with the dough because it’s so wet, but don’t worry about that, that’s the consistency you are looking for! Take the dough out of the bowl and place it on a generously floured surface, divide it half, and form each half into a loaf shape (make sure you cover your hands with flour, because this will be very sticky!) Sprinkle both with more flour and cover with some plastic wrap. Let it rest for about 15 minutes.
3. In the meantime, preheat your oven to 450 deg F and place your baking dishes in the oven while it preheats. (The no-knead bread is baked in a Dutch oven or a covered casserole dish. I used two 2 quart covered casserole dishes to bake these two bread bowls.) Once the oven is preheated, carefully take the hot baking dishes out and place a loaf in each. Cover with the lid and let bake for about 30 minutes, then take the lid off and bake for about another 15 minutes, or until the loaves are nice and golden on top! Let the loaves cool completely before cutting out the holes on top and hollowing them out to serve your soup in! (*Note: this made two BIG & hearty sized bread bowls, if you want smaller bread bowls, divide the dough into three or four loaves, and adjust baking time so they don’t burn!)
 For other variations of the NY Times No-Knead Bread, check out these recipes:
Left: NY Times No-Knead Bread (Recipe HERE), Middle: Pesto No-Knead Bread (Recipe HERE), Right: Whole Wheat No-Knead Bread (Recipe HERE)
Happy Baking, Everyone!
I will be linking to THESE wonderful blogs!

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  • Cathy McInnes September 24, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    PINNED! I love, love bread bowls! I am so excited that I stopped by from create it Thursdays! 🙂
    Cathy @ three kids and a fish

    • Maria September 25, 2014 at 10:27 am

      Thanks, Cathy! Hope you enjoy these too!

  • Ali Phillips September 25, 2014 at 10:00 am

    Pinning 🙂 I love the NY times no knead bread. We make it frequently. Using some special ingredients from King Arthur Flour I also have made a pizza no-knead and a chocolate and orange no-knead. We love them all 🙂 Love your pesto idea! I’ll have to head over and check that out too. Have a great weekend Maria!

    • Maria September 25, 2014 at 10:28 am

      Thanks, Ali! Isn’t the no-knead bread the best?! Ohhh the chocolate & orange bread sounds delicious, I’ve been thinking if I could use the dough for a sweet bread! I’ll have to try that! Thanks for the idea 😉

  • Bobbi @ 3GLOL September 25, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    I can’t wait to make these…I love bread bowls!!

    Pinning it!
    Thanks for sharing 😉

    • Maria September 25, 2014 at 8:55 pm

      Thanks! Hope you love these too! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, hope you have a great (almost) weekend!! 🙂

  • Michelle Nahom September 25, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    I have always wanted to serve soup in a bread bowl! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Maria September 25, 2014 at 9:41 pm

      It’s such a fun (and delicious!!!) way to serve soup! Hope you enjoy these too! Thanks for stopping by, Michelle! Happy Fall! 🙂

  • Holly (2 Kids and Tired) September 26, 2014 at 8:57 am

    I love bread bowls for soup and no-knead is awesome. Pinned to try!

    • Maria September 26, 2014 at 8:39 pm

      Thanks, Holly! Hope you love these bread bowls too! I love this no-knead recipe, I’ve used it in so many different ways, and it always turns out great! Hope you enjoy these 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend!

  • Elizabeth Crew September 26, 2014 at 9:21 am

    This is my favorite bread method, it never fails me. Can’t wait to make some bread bowls 🙂

    • Maria September 26, 2014 at 8:40 pm

      Hope you love these bread bowls too, Elizabeth! And I know… this bread method is AWESOME! Always works great for me too! Hope you have a great weekend 🙂

  • bj September 26, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    wow…14 hours rise time…I love bread bowls..must give your recipe a try. Thanks…

    • Maria September 26, 2014 at 8:43 pm

      Hope you enjoy these bread bowls! This no-knead recipe is my favorite, just stir all the ingredients and forget about them for a couple hours! Thanks for stopping by 🙂 Have a wonderful fall weekend!

  • suzy supnet September 29, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    These look great and just in time for soup season! Pinned and stumbled!

    • Maria September 30, 2014 at 8:26 pm

      Thanks so much, Suzy! Isn’t soup season the best?! Hope you enjoy these too! Happy Fall to you 🙂

  • AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa September 30, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    Oh, I love the bread bowls at Panera and so excited that I can make my own! Pinned

    • Maria September 30, 2014 at 8:27 pm

      Thanks, AnnMarie! The Panera bread bowls are one of my weaknesses, they are so good!! I always love trying out homemade versions of my favorite things which is how I came up with these! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by! Happy Fall, and hope you have a wonderful rest of your week! 🙂

  • Kelly October 1, 2014 at 12:13 am

    My oldest son’s favorite meal is clam chowder in a bread bowl. I’ve got the clam chowder recipe down pat, but I always buy my bread bowls. Pinning this for the next time I make chowder! Homemade bread bowls! Thanks!

    • Maria October 1, 2014 at 6:45 am

      Thanks, Kelly! Clam chowder would be so delicious in these bread bowls! Hope you enjoy them too! 🙂

  • Shari Eckstrom October 2, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    When my children were little every time we went out to eat my son had to have soup in a bread bowl. Yours looks amazing. My son would have loved it!Thanks for stopping by Foodie Fridays. Hope to see you again tonight!

    • Maria October 9, 2014 at 2:45 pm

      Thanks so much, Shari! I always get soup in a bread bowl when we go out too 🙂 It makes everything taste better! Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful rest of your week!

  • Jill October 3, 2014 at 11:57 am

    This is a great idea, thanks!

    • Maria October 9, 2014 at 2:44 pm

      Thanks so much, Jill! I love bread bowls, they make every soup taste even more delicious than it already is! 😉 Hope you have a good day!

  • Mandee Thomas October 7, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Awesome recipe for fall! Thanks so much for sharing at the Create & Share Link Party. Hope to see you again tonight (7:00 PM MST)!

    • Maria October 9, 2014 at 2:43 pm

      Thanks so much, Mandee!

  • Debi @ Adorned From Above October 21, 2014 at 7:55 am

    Love the recipe and it really does look easy. Thanks so much for sharing at Adorned From Above’s Link Party.

  • Ashley November 1, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    Pinned! I love bread bowls, especially ones with a nice crust. These look just beautiful.

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