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Octopus and pengquin bread bowl recipe

Fill their tummies
and yours!

Soup's on! And it's super fun when you serve it in penguin or octopus-shaped bread bowls. The best part is there's no bread-making experience necessary — just shape and bake!

Penguin bread bowl recipe

Yields 2 large or 4 small penguin bread bowls


  • 1-1/8 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups rye flour
  • 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons bread machine yeast
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Black food coloring, optional (for brushing tops of rolls)
  • Cream cheese
  • Chocolate chips
  • Carrot triangles



Make dough and form balls

Place ingredients in the pan of a bread machine. Select the basic/dough cycle and press start. When dough is done mixing and rising, remove from bread machine. Split into 2 or 4, evenly-sized balls and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Make dough and form balls


Shape into eggs and bake

Shape each dough ball into a teardrop or egg shape. Cover with a dish towel and let the dough rest and rise again for 15-20 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

Shape into eggs and bake


Brush baked bread with butter

Remove from oven and brush the tops with butter. If you'd like to make them darker, add black food coloring to the butter before brushing.

Brush baked bread with butter


Hollow out bread

Allow rolls to cool before cutting out centers. With a serrated knife, cut a circle into the loaf and hollow out the center area for soup.

Hollow out bread


Make eyes, beaks and fill it up!

To make eyes, pipe circles of cream cheese, add a chocolate chip (upside down) and pipe another small dot of cream cheese. For the nose, attach a triangle-shaped carrot with another dollop of cream cheese. Fill penguin bread bowl with desired soup. White soup looks great!

Make eyes, beaks and fill it up!

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Comments on "Octopus and penguin-shaped bread bowls"

K June 02, 2013 | 4:41 PM

FYI: Handimania featured your DIY idea, and while they gave credit in their text and linked back to you, they also slapped their logo onto your photographs. Just thought I'd let you know. (http://www.handimania/cooking/octopus-shaped-soup-bowls.html)

Priscilla Ramos May 29, 2013 | 9:19 AM

These bread bowls look so cute! I love soup and animals so this looks like something I would totally eat. and the recipes are super simple which is appealing to me.

LuAnn Braley March 26, 2013 | 11:44 AM

Entirely too cute. It's on our family list of things to do!

Kate March 10, 2013 | 5:47 PM

Great idea for the kids. Thanks for sharing.

Shelley March 06, 2013 | 4:26 PM

Oh my goodness these are too cute!! I'm making soup tonight - maybe I'll do this for the kids. Thanks!

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