Total Time
1hr 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr

These are easy and quick. They only take about one hour after the dough is thawed. Then fill them with your favorite thick soup, chowder, chili, or stew. It will be fun to tear away the bread as you eat your soup and the two go great together. They will be good on a cool night. The time below does not include the thawing of the bread. One hint: To make the handling of the bread easier, make sure the bread has completely thawed but has not started to rise. You may also need to reshape the rounds after a few minutes on the cups by gently pushing the dough down and shaping as needed.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 loaf frozen bread dough (thawed)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
  • 12 teaspoon garlic salt


  1. Thaw the bread, but don't let it start to rise.
  2. Lightly grease the outside of six 10-ounce custard cups with shortening (do NOT use cooking spray); place cups upside down on cookie sheet.
  3. Divide dough into 6 equal pieces and shape each piece into a ball; pat into rounds.
  4. Place rounds over the custard cups and brush dough with oil.
  5. Sprinkle with basil and garlic salt.
  6. Cover and let rise in warm place for about 20 minutes.
  7. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 16-20 minutes or till golden brown.
  8. Cool 5 minutes and remove from cups and place on a rack (inside of the bowl may be slightly moist).
  9. To serve, place warm or cool bowls in shallow soup or pasta bowls and spoon your soup (or whatever you made) into them.
Most Helpful

These were very good. I served them with Leftover Ham Soup and it was a delicious dinner. I had a hard time getting them to shape completely before they rose. I also had an issue with sticking even though I generously covered the bowls with Crisco. I will make these again.

ElizabethKnicely April 04, 2013

I made some Chili and made these to serve it in. I had the Chili along with Mimi's Cornmeal Scones for a delicious supper! These are easy to whip up in a hurry and come in so handy when you are serving chili, chowders and stews. I have served dip in them a few times too, and it served the purpose. When the dip was almost gone the kids broke off pieces of the bread to dip in the rest of the dip. Yummy!

ChewieJacuBeau September 22, 2011

These are outstanding! I did cheat just a little, only made 5 bowls cause I wanted them a little larger, I did use Pam cooking spray, and I seasoned them inside and out with McCormick's Tex-Mex seasoning for serving chili. They were easy and delicious! Thank you!

jrtfan December 11, 2007