Family Favorites...Dilly Casserole Bread

Better slices when cool, but tastes so good warm
 The recipe in the Pillsbury The Best of The Classic Cookbooks for Dilly Bread tempted me to try a loaf. I do not bake bread often  but do make batter type breads  Batter breads are great for a beginning bread baker. The recipe was a winner in 1960 for Leona Schnuelle of Nebraska.
  This is baked in a casserole. I had to borrow a casserole from Sue that was the right size and she had the Pink Pyrex bowl that the original recipe is pictured in. Thanks Sis.
  I do have a little more trouble judging when the bread is risen enough with this type of pan. As always, gently poking a hole in the dough with your finger, is one of the tests for this. The hole should remain for a short time. The dough is light yellow from the egg and moist from the cottage cheese in the dough. Dill and onion give it a savory taste and it is good with soup, stew or toasted. 
  I sliced this warm, as no one wanted to wait till it cooled off. Sure smells good when you have bread baking in our kitchen. Easy to make, as most batter breads are and one I will make again.
Dilly Casserole Bread
2 to2 ⅔ cups all purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
2 to 3 teaspoons instant minced onion (maybe omitted)
2 teaspoons dill seed
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon baking soda
1 pkg. Active dry yeast
¼ cup water
1 tablespoon butter
1 cup creamed cottage cheese
1 egg
Butter and salt for top after baking
  In large bowl, combine 1 cup flour, sugar, onion, dill seed, 1 teaspoon salt, baking soda, and yeast. Mix well.
  In small saucepan, heat water, 1 tablespoon butter and cottage cheese until warm, 120° to 130°. Add the warm liquid and egg to flour mixture; blending at low speed until moistened. Beat 3 minutes at medium speed.
  By hand or with mixer on low, beat in the remaining 1 to 1 ⅔ cups flour to form a stiff batter. Cover loosely with greased plastic wrap and cloth towel. Let rise in warm place until light and doubled in size, 45 to 60 minutes. 
   Grease well a 1 ½ to 2 quart casserole. Stir down batter to remove all air bubbles. Turn into the greased casserole and cover. Let rise until doubled 30 to 40 minutes. Bake at 350°F for 30 to 40 minutes until deep golden brown and it sounds hollow when lightly tapped. Turn out from bowl immediately. Cool on wire rack.
  Brush top of warm bread with butter and sprinkle with coarse salt.


  1. Can't think of nothing much better than the smell of fresh baked bread.

    1. Yeah, too bad we can't bottle it. That would surely sell well. lol

  2. Thanks for yummy recipe... we grilled bbq pork steaks yesterday and I served with Amish Dutch potato salad, baked beans, and this dilly bread. So good. The bread didn't get as browned as yours before it was finished, tho. Yours is much prettier.
    I'm so glad to have found you ladies. Your posts are varied, interesting, and fun.
    Love it when you feature cookbooks you own and recipes from them.

    1. Thanks Lori, I'll bet it was good even if it wasn't as brown. The whole meal sounds good. The Amish Dutch potato salad and the pork steaks which are a favorite of my family. glad you found us and that you like the cookbook feature.

  3. Had bought container of cottage cheese over weekend but they had no 1 cup size container so had to buy larger size, so what did I do with that extra cottage cheese.............I made ended up making 2 loaves yesterday. :}
    This is darn good. I did do an egg wash (making sure my egg was at room temperature) before going in oven and lightly; I do mean lightly, sprinkled on some dill weed; finely crushed

    1. That sounds good to me, did you put the salt on as well as the dill weed? I hadn't thought of an egg wash but that is a good idea. Glad you liked the bread. The recipe is an older one but it is still popular today for a reason.

  4. Yes on the salt on top as well. I used an egg at room temperature;( don't want to use an egg right from the fridge) added a bit of water to egg and mixed well and when time to put in oven I just brushed egg wash on with pastry brush, sprinkled on a tiny bit of dill weed and popped them babies in the oven.
    When done, brushed with melted butter and sprinkled on Sea Salt


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