Sourdough Pumpkin Bread Bowls – Super Healthy Kids
These sourdough bread bowls have an amazing sourdough flavor, crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside. Their perfect texture makes the BEST bread bowl for soup. How to make sourdough bread bowls...

These sourdough bread bowls have an amazing sourdough flavor, crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside. Their perfect texture makes the BEST bread bowl for soup.

Pumpkin sourdough bread bowl close up of a golden brown orange bread bowl with a pecan for a stem and basil for the leaves

How to make sourdough bread bowls

If you have never made sourdough bread, go to this post and learn how to make a basic artisanal sourdough bread. The big difference with making bread bowls is that you don't bake them in a Dutch oven. You can technically bake them in a Dutch oven, it will just depend on how much you make of them. You will need to cook them in batches as only 2 can fit in a standard size casserole dish at a time.

The method I used for these will always give you a crispy exterior, so fear not! So let's move on to making these bread bowls:

Step 1: Mix your sourdough in a bowl and follow the rest, pull and stretch, rise loose. (See recipe below for detailed steps on this)

2nd step: After rising in bulk, divide your dough into 6 pieces. They should each weigh about 200 g or 7 ounces. If you want to make smaller or larger bread bowls, you definitely can! Simply divide your dough into more or less pieces.

Step 3: Shape each piece of dough into a round ball. To do this, first lightly dust your counter with flour. You are now going to fold the dough from all corners on itself. Start by folding the bottom of the circle towards the middle. Then fold the left side up and to the right, the right side up and to the left. Finally, fold the top to the middle. Turn your dough over and place both hands on the dough so that your thumbs are close to each other and your hands and fingers are wrapped around the side of the dough. Move your hands together in a circular motion, pushing the dough from one hand to the other as it is clamped between your hand and the counter. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper, silicone mat or cooking spray.

Step 4: Once your dough is shaped into balls, you will need to cut your twine. I recommend baking twine because it goes in the oven. It's a great brand use. You'll want to cut your twine long enough that it can fit around your dough ball and have the ability to be loosely tied at the top. I cut mine off about 14 ″. Place 3 pieces of crisscross cut string where you want to place your dough ball.

Sourdough bread bowl with string laid out on a baking sheet

Once you have all of your dough balls on the platters, tie the pieces of string loosely together on each dough ball, making a loose knot at the top of the dough. This is what will give the dough a pumpkin shape. You can adjust the string as needed once it is attached. The knotting allows the dough to continue to rise while creating the shape.

Sourdough bread dough with string tied to create a pumpkin shape on a baking sheet

Step 5: Let your bread bowls stand up and be sure to cover them with a damp cloth. I let them rise on the baking sheet, then cover them with a cloth and fold the edges of the cloth under the plate.

Step 6: Bake your bread bowls. There are therefore several ways to proceed. Typically, you bake sourdough in a Dutch oven because the steam is trapped and gives you the outside crisp that everyone loves. If you are not going to cook them in a Dutch oven, you will need to create your own steam.

  • To do this, you will need a metal pan that is oven safe and you can pour a small amount of water into it. Place the pan on the bottom of your oven or on the lowest rack before preheating your oven.
  • You can bake the bread on the baking sheet it rose on or you can transfer it to a baking stone. If you have a baking stone that will fit all of your bread bowls, then this is the preferred method for sure! A baking stone can heat a lot more than a baking sheet and will give you a better crust. If you are using a baking stone, put it in the oven before preheating it at the same time you put your metal mold.
  • Once your bread bowls have risen, place them in the oven. Pour about 1/2 cup of water into the metal pot, then quickly close the door!
  • When finished cooking, place them on a cooling rack and cut the twine when they are cool enough to touch.
sourdough bread bowls baked with freshly baked twine

Why sourdough is the best type of bread for a bread bowl

golden brown pumpkin orange sourdough bread bowls with a pecan for a stem and basil for the leaves

The texture of sourdough bread is denser than that of your classic yeast bread. This is ideal for a bread bowl, as you don't want your soup to make a pasty mess of your bread bowl or start to flow. These sourdough bread bowls can hold any soup you can think of!

The crispy exterior softens a bit when dipped into a delicious bowl of soup, but gives you that amazing variation in texture that makes eating different foods so delicious.

Bowl of pumpkin sourdough bread close up of a golden brown orange bread bowl with a pecan for a stem and basil for the leaves and soup in the background

Boost Nutrition With Added Pumpkin

Adding pumpkin puree to your bread is a great way to boost nutrition without changing the flavor or texture of the bread. In this recipe, he gave the bread a slightly deeper orange color, which was perfect for those pumpkin bread bowls!

The pumpkin is:

  • Rich in vitamin A and beta-carotene
  • Rich in fiber
  • Good source of vitamin C, potassium, vitamin B2 and vitamin E.
Pumpkin sourdough bread bowl close up of a golden brown orange bread bowl with a pecan for a stem and basil for the leaves

I created the stems with two halves of pecans and the leaves are fresh basil. This is where you can get creative and have fun with different types of stems and leaves! Hope you enjoy these fun sourdough and pumpkin bread bowls for your next fall soup party!

Bowl of pumpkin sourdough bread close-up on a cooling rack with other bowls of sourdough bread in the background
  • 100 grams active leaven ~ 1/4 cup
  • 330 grams water ~ 1 1/3 cup
  • ten grams salt ~ 1 1/2 tsp. Tea
  • 500 grams all purpose flour ~ 4 1/2 cups
  • If you don't have leaven, this post will help you get started!
  • Mix your starter and water in a large bowl. I like to use a Danish dough whisk. Add the flour and salt. Mix until a stiff dough forms, then finish by hand to completely incorporate the flour. Cover with a damp towel or plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  • Once the dough has rested, you will fold and stretch the dough to strengthen the gluten and incorporate more air into your dough. Take a piece of dough and stretch it then fold it back. Turn the bowl slightly and repeat until you have stretched and folded all sides of your dough.

  • Cover the bowl with a damp cloth or plastic wrap and let rise for about 10 to 12 hours. (bulk increase) I usually let mine go up for 12 hours. Letting it go up overnight is a great option. You'll know the dough is ready when it no longer looks dense and has doubled in size.

  • After rising in bulk, remove the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Cut the dough into 6 equal pieces of 7 ounces (200 g) each.

  • To shape the dough into balls, fold the dough towards the center. Give it a turn and fall back on the next section. Repeat until you have completed the loop. Flip the dough over and with your hands on the sides of the dough bowl, twist in a circular motion, exerting light downward pressure.

  • You can bake either on a baking sheet or on a baking stone. If you are using a baking sheet, cover it with parchment paper. The next step is to cut your twine. I recommend baking twine because it goes in the oven. You will want to cut your twine long enough that it can fit around your dough ball and have the ability to be loosely tied at the top. I cut mine about 14 ". Lay 3 pieces of crisscrossed cut string where you want to place your dough ball.
  • Once you have cut and laid all your string, place your dough balls in the middle of the pieces of string. Tie the pieces of string loosely together on each dough ball, making a loose knot at the top of the dough. This is what will give the dough a pumpkin shape. You can adjust the string as needed once it is attached. The knotting allows the dough to continue to rise while creating the shape.

  • Let your bread bowls rise for 30 to 45 minutes. Be sure to cover them with a damp cloth or piece of plastic wrap sprayed with cooking spray. The dough is ready to bake when it looks puffy and has risen slightly.

  • There are several methods for baking your bread bowls. You will need to create steam with either method. To do this, you will need a metal pan that is oven safe and you can pour a small amount of water into it. Place the pan on the bottom of your oven or on the lowest rack before preheating your oven.

  • Baking sheet: You can bake the bread on the baking sheet on which it rose. This method won't give you such a crispy crust, but still works great! Remove the cloth or plastic wrap and place the entire pan in the oven. Pour about 1/2 cup of water into the metal pot, then quickly close the door! When finished cooking, place them on a cooling rack and cut the twine when they are cool enough to touch.

  • Baking Stone: If you have a baking stone that fits all of your bread bowls, this is the preferred method for sure! A baking stone can heat a lot more than a baking sheet and will give you a better crust. If you are using a baking stone, put it in the oven before preheating at the same time as you put your metal mold. Once your bread bowls have risen, transfer them to the preheated baking stone. Pour about 1/2 cup of water into the metal pot, then quickly close the door! When finished cooking, place them on a cooling rack and cut the twine when they are cool enough to touch.

  • Brush the top with butter. You can make a stem by putting two pecans together and placing them in the middle of each pumpkin. To cut the tops, tilt a sharp knife inward and cut a circle to create a bowl. Serve with your favorite soup!


Take charge. Children crave limits, which help them understand and manage an often confusing world. Show your love by setting boundaries so your kids can explore and discover their passions safely.

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Don’t try to fix everything. Give young kids a chance to find their own solutions. When you lovingly acknowledge a child’s minor frustrations without immediately rushing in to save her, you teach her self-reliance and resilience.

Pick your battles. Kids can’t absorb too many rules without turning off completely. Forget arguing about little stuff like fashion choices and occasional potty language. Focus on the things that really matter -- that means no hitting, rude talk, or lying.

Play with your children. Let them choose the activity, and don’t worry about rules. Just go with the flow and have fun. That’s the name of the game.

Read books together every day. Get started when he’s a newborn; babies love listening to the sound of their parents’ voices. Cuddling up with your child and a book is a great bonding experience that will set him up for a lifetime of reading.

Schedule daily special time. Let your child choose an activity where you hang out together for 10 or 15 minutes with no interruptions. There’s no better way for you to show your love.

Encourage daddy time. The greatest untapped resource available for improving the lives of our children is time with Dad -- early and often. Kids with engaged fathers do better in school, problem-solve more successfully, and generally cope better with whatever life throws at them.

Make warm memories. Your children will probably not remember anything that you say to them, but they will recall the family rituals -- like bedtimes and game night -- that you do together.

Be the role model your children deserve. Kids learn by watching their parents. Modeling appropriate, respectful, good behavior works much better than telling them what to do.

Fess up when you blow it. This is the best way to show your child how and when she should apologize.

Take charge. Children crave limits, which help them understand and manage an often confusing world. Show your love by setting boundaries so your kids can explore and discover their passions safely.

Live a little greener. Show your kids how easy it is to care for the environment. Waste less, recycle, reuse, and garde each day. Spend an afternoon picking up trash around the neighborhood.

Always tell the truth. It’s how you want your child to behave, right ? Kiss and hug your spouse in front of the kids. Your marriage is the only example your child has of what an intimate relationship looks, feels, and sounds like. So it’s your travail to set a great standard.

Give appropriate praise. Instead of simply saying, ' You’re great, ' try to be specific about what your child did to deserve the positive feedback. You might say, ' Waiting until I was off the phone to ask for cookies was , and I really liked your patience. '

Cheer the good stuff. When you notice your child doing something helpful or nice, let him know how you feel. It’s a great way to reinforce good behavior so he’s more likely to keep doing it.

Gossip about your kids. Fact : What we overhear is far more potent than what we are told directly. Make praise more effective by letting your child ' catch ' you whispering a compliment about him to Grandma, Dad, or even his teddy.

Give yourself a break. Hitting the drive-through when you’re too tired to cook doesn’t make you a bad père.

Trust your mommy gut. No one knows your child better than you. Follow your instincts when it comes to his health and well-being. If you think something’s wrong, probabilités are you’re right. Just say ' No. ' Resist the urge to take on extra obligations at the office or become the Volunteer Queen at your child’s school. You will never, ever regret spending more time with your children.

Don’t accept disrespect from your child. Never allow her to be rude or say hurtful things to you or anyone else. If she does, tell her firmly that you will not tolerate any form of disrespect. Pass along your plan. Mobilize the other caregivers in your child’s life -- your spouse, grandparents, daycare worker, babysitter -- to help reinforce the values and the behavior you want to instill. This includes everything from saying thank you and being kind to not whining.

Ask your children three ' you ' questions every day. The art of conversation is an important social skill, but parents often neglect to teach it. Get a kid going with questions like, ' Did you have fun at school ? ' ; ' What did you do at the party you went to ? ' ; or ' Where do you want to go tomorrow afternoon ? ' Teach kids this bravery trick. Tell them to always notice the color of a person’s eyes. Making eye contact will help a hesitant child appear more confident and will help any kid to be more assertive and less likely to be picked on.

Acknowledge your kid’s strong emotions. When your child’s meltdown is over, ask him, ' How did that feel ? ' and ' What do you think would make it better ? ' Then listen to him. He’ll recover from a tantrum more easily if you let him talk it out.

Show your child how to become a responsible citizen. Find ways to help others all year. Kids gain a sense of self-worth by volunteering in the community. Don’t raise a spoiled kid. Keep this thought in mind : Every child is a treasure, but no child is the center of the universe. Teach him accordingly.

Talk about what it means to be a good person. Start early : When you read bedtime stories, for example, ask your toddler whether characters are being mean or nice and explore why. Explain to your kids why values are important. The simple answer : When you’re kind, generous, honest, and respectful, you make the people around you feel good. More important, you feel good about yourself.

Set up a ' gratitude circle ' every night at dinner. Go around the table and take turns talking about the various people who were generous and kind to each of you that day. It may sound corny, but it makes everyone feel good.

Serve a food again and again. If your child rejects a new dish, don’t give up hope. You may have to offer it another six, eight, or even 10 times before he eats it and decides he likes it. Avoid food fights. A healthy child instinctively knows how much to eat. If he refuses to finish whatever food is on his plate, just let it go. He won’t starve.

Eat at least one meal as a family each day. Sitting down at the table together is a relaxed way for everyone to connect -- a time to share happy news, talk about the day, or tell a silly joke. It also helps your kids develop saine eating habits. Let your kids place an order. Once a week, allow your children to choose what’s for dinner and cook it for them.

Say ' I love you ' whenever you feel it, even if it’s 743 times a day. You simply can not spoil a child with too many mushy words of affection and too many smooches. Not possible. Keep in mind what grandmoms always say. Children are not yours, they are only lent to you for a time. In those fleeting years, do your best to help them grow up to be good people. Savor the instants. Yes, parenthood is the most exhausting travail on the planet. Yes, your house is a mess, the laundry’s piled up, and the dog needs to be walked. But your kid just laughed. Enjoy it now -- it will be over far too fast.

Teach your baby to sign. Just because a child can’t talk doesn’t mean there isn’t lots that she’d like to say. Simple signs can help you know what she needs and even how she feels well before she has the words to tell you -- a great way to reduce frustration. Keep the tube in the family room. Research has repeatedly shown that children with a TV in their bedroom weigh more, sleep less, and have lower grades and poorer social skills. P. S. Parents with a television in their bedroom have sex less often. Get kids moving. The latest research shows that brain development in young children may be linked to their activity level. Place your baby on her tummy several times during the day, let your toddler walk instead of ride in her stroller, and create opportunities for your older child to get plenty of exercise.

Get your kids vaccinated. Outbreaks of measles and other diseases still occur in our country and throughout the world. Protect that smile. Encouraging your kid to brush twice a day with a dab of fluoride toothpaste will guard against cavities. Be vigilant about safety. Babyproof your home thoroughly, and never leave a child under 5 in the tub alone. Make sure car seats are installed correctly, and insist that your child wear a helmet when riding his bike or scooter. Listen to the doc. If your pediatrician thinks your kid’s fever is caused by a malware, don’t push for antibiotics. The best medicine may be rest, lots of fluids, and a little TLC. Overprescribing antibiotics can cause medical problems for your child and increase the probabilités of creating superbugs that resist treatment.

Keep sunblock next to your kid’s toothpaste. Apply it every day as part of the morning routine. It’ll become as natural as brushing her teeth. Put your baby to bed drowsy but still awake. This helps your child learn to soothe himself to sleep and prevents bedtime problems down the line. Know when to toilet train. Look for these two signs that your child is ready to use the potty : He senses the urge to pee and poop ( this is different from knowing that he’s already gone ), and he asks for a diaper change.

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