What’s Cookin’- Dilly Casserole Bread

Here’s another handwritten recipe that I have had in my recipe box since at least the early 1980s.  The difference is that this one is handwritten on an actual recipe card versus a scrap of paper.  The card is yellowed, and I used to make it often as evidenced by the stains on the card.  I haven’t made it in a long time, but thought about it, recently, when I saw another recipe for a round loaf of bread made with rosemary and olive oil.

I really wish I could remember who shared it with me, but it’s a great little yeast bread recipe that requires no kneading so it’s easy to make.  And while it takes a little time to rise twice, the aroma from the dill starts while you are preparing the dough and will permeate your kitchen while it bakes.

This bread is particularly good with BBQ and other full-bodied entrées so it’s a great bread to make in the Summer.

I’ll try that rosemary and olive oil loaf at a later date and get back to you on that!

Dilly Casserole Bread ingredients.

Here is a collage of the various steps.  Dissolve the yeast in the warm water.  Heat the cottage cheese to lukewarm.  Combine the flour and baking soda in a bowl and whisk to combine.  Set aside.  Combine the cottage cheese, sugar, onion, butter, dill seed, salt, egg, and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat well on medium speed until well combined scraping down the sides of the bowl.  Add the flour mixture in three batches mixing well on medium until well combined into a stiff yet soft dough.  Place in a large bowl that has been lightly oiled, cover, and allow to double in size.  This will take about 50 to 60 minutes.  Punch down and shape into round dough ball and place into a casserole dish that has been coated with cooking spray.  Cover and allow to rise until doubled about 30 minutes.

Bake in an oven that has been preheated to 350° F for 30 to 40 minutes until nicely browned.  Remove from oven and coat with butter and sprinkle with some sea salt.  Remove from baking dish and allow to cool completely.  Enjoy.


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