Monday, September 19, 2011

Once Upon a Chilly Day. .

Upon wakening Saturday morning. .
I found it gloriously cool and foggy. .
promising chances of rain. .
a quiet day. .
and the motivation to do some indoor activities. .
like BAKING!
Our primary plans for Saturday included going to my sister-in-laws for supper to celebrate my neices 10th birthday.
Homemade bread seemed like the thing for me to contribute to her brisket meal.  This was the second time I had tried this bread. .and I just had to share the recipe.
In fact. .
I tried several new recipes this chilly weekend that call for sharing of
the wealth. I decided to do several recipe posts this week to celebrate the coming of fall on Friday!!
I fixed this bread for our Easter meal last spring, and it was a huge hit. I rarely make homemade bread. .but this dilled wheat bread is a good choice if you have several hours for it to raise. My theory is that the mess is all the same, whether you make a little or a lot. .so I had enough cottage cheese in my fridge to triple the batch. .and triple it we did!
The house smelled incredible. .and the warm oven took a bite out of the chilly air!! I put two loaves in the freezer to pull out with our winter pots of soup. .one of our favorite meals!!
Hope you can find some spare time to bake some up!! You won't be sorry.

Dilled Wheat Bread
2 cups flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp dried minced onion
1 pkg active dry yeast
2 tsp dill weed
1 tsp salt
1 cup (8 oz) cottage cheese (not dry)
1/2 cup water
1 tbsp butter
1 egg
2 tsp butter, melted
coarse salt (like kosher)

In a large bowl, combine 3/4 cup flour, whole wheat flour, sugar, onion, yeast, dill and salt. In a small saucepan, heat the cottage cheese, water, and 1 tbsp butter to 120-130 degrees. Add to dry ingredients; beat until just moistened. Add egg; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to make a soft dough (dough will be sticky). Turn onto a floured surface; knead until elastic and smooth, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. Punch dough down. Shape into a loaf and place in a greased 8 x 4 inch loaf pan. Cover and let rise again until doubled, about 45 minutes. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire rack and brush with butter, or run the stick over the top until coated. Sprinkle with a little kosher salt.

It really takes little hands-on work. .just needs lots of time to rest and do it's thing!

So, if you love to cook, be sure to stop by soon. .there will be more goodness to partake of; the next recipe will be Dev's 2nd place muffins. If you only sail through to see what my garden is doing. .come back next week. .I think I will have some new photos and garden happenings. .If you read to see what is happening in this crazy family. .be sure to skim through each post. .as one NEVER knows what will happen next. .and it is ALL subject to reporting at any time!
Have a superb week full of blessings, joy, and full tummies!


  1. Oh YUM!! I might have to try this one soon! I've been using my crockpot quite a bit and have had the urge to bake more since it's cooled off. Hope the FALL weather sticks around instead of sailing right into winter!

  2. I love cool, foggy, fall mornings! Thanks for sharing the bread recipe - may have to try that. :) I'll bet that did make your house smell good! That'll be nice to have those loaves in the freezer, too.

  3. Don and I had our first soup and bread meal just a few days ago, and he commented how much he just loved fall and the start of baking season once again. Now, not to get weirded out, but ---can you TELL the cottage cheese is in that bread, cuz that just sounds a little "bizarre" it for moisture? I'll bake this bread if you ABSOLUTELY swear on your great grandmothers imported lace handkerchief collection that you can't tell it's in there.....

  4. You can ABSOLUTELY NOT tell there is cottage cheese in it. .you can't see it, there is no weird texture thing, and all you can taste is yummy dilly, oniony goodness!! You will enjoy it, I'm sure of it!!

  5. Oh my goodness! Thanks so much for the bread recipe! I can't wait to try it.
    Also look forward to your up coming recipes!

  6. Oh em oh my!! Love the way that bread is looking. I can almost smell it! I have to try this. I like the idea of the dill and the onion! awesome! It looks like it came out perfectly! You are a good baker girl!!

  7. Nothing beats a warm piece of homemade bread fresh from the oven! YUM!

  8. Can't wait to share this with Becca, she loves making bread! Who would have thought that putting cottage cheese, onion and dill in a recipe for bread was the thing to do?? Sounds strange but I'm sure the taste is heavenly.