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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Bessie's Dilly Casserole Bread

I shared this recipe with Octoberfarm this morning and thought I should share it with everyone. I did post it last summer...but it is so good I have to do it again. I know Betsy likes it. Dill and August seem to go together so this is a wonderful bread for this time of year.

Right after you take it out of the oven you rub it with butter and a sprinkle of sea salt. The crunchy kind of salt.
The recipe says to bake it in a round 8 inch casserole...

but I like to bake it in my cast iron skillet

Teddy wasn't too much help...

neither was dande rose marie

i got these eggs at CORNERCOPIA... and couldn't make up my mind on which one to use...there were brown ones, blue ones, green and white...that giant cream colored one there in the front was a double yolker...haven't seen one of those in forever....

this is an easy bread to make because it all goes into one bowl..no kneading ....
and will your kitchen ever smell cozy !

there is the original recipe...in my handwriting...i think i must have been about 14 years old. Bessie was a lady that came to our house in the afternoon to help my mom with us kids and get some supper started...and she looked EXACTLY like Mrs. Doubtfire...the cardigan sweater, plaid skirt, hair pinned back in a bun, sensible shoes...even the strand of pearls ...
Bessie introduced me to the BEST cookbook in the world. Mary and Vincent Price's "The Treasury of Great Recipes". It still is my favorite cookbook to this day.

Dilly Casserole Bread from Bessie
1 package dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1 cup large curd cottage cheese ( I know this sounds weird, but it works )
2 T. sugar
1 T. instant dried onion ( I have used a minced fresh shallot too )
1 T. soft butter
2 teaspoons dill seeds
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg
2 cups of flour ( or so...just enough to make a stiff batter )
Sprinkle yeast over warm water and dissolve
Heat cottage cheese till just warm
Combine in a bowl the cottage cheese,sugar,onion,butter,dill seeds,salt, baking soda, egg and the yeast mixture
Add flour...enough to make a stiff batter
Beat everything together well
Cover and let rise till double..about 60 minutes
Stir down and put into a well greased 8 inch round casserole pan
( I use my cast iron skillet )
Cover and let rise about 45 minutes
Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes
Check and see how brown it is..it usually takes another 10 minutes
Remove from the oven and rub the bread with butter and sprinkle with sea salt
When warm enough to handle take it out of the pan and let it cool a little
We can never let it cool...john and I get right on it...and Teddy loves it too


  1. I have a remarkably similar recipe and you're right -- it's delicious! And so easy. I love non-knead breads.

  2. That looks deeeeeelicious! I am saving that recipe to make very soon! I even already looked to make sure we have dill seed, which we do! Ready to go... Wonderful to see your four-legged sweeties!! Love, Silke

  3. Okay. My old cast iron skillet is just beggin' for this! I'm putting the dill seed on my grocery list right now.

    (gosh, I love that big white bowl...vintage?)

  4. That looks so good! I can almost smell it! I love any bread that doesn't need to be kneaded. So much faster and easier that way!

  5. I love just about anything made in cast iron and this looks especially delicious!

  6. Wow, this bread looks amazingly delicious. I adore where you live. I need to get back there. New to your blog and can't wait to see even more yumminess. BTW, I have a giveaway over at my blog http://aspoonfulofdish.blogspot.com, come on over and check it out.

  7. How delicious it would be, straight from the pan! Love the salty top!

  8. Thanks for reminding me about this recipe, Kary! It looks so good! xxoo Nancy

  9. oh this couldn't look any yummier!!!

  10. This looks so delicious... wait. Vincent Price came out with a cookbook?! Hehe

  11. I am making that!! I LOVE dill. Actually, I just purchased a pint of fresh dill at the amish markets and I lost it. I have no idea where I put it. ERRRRR,
    Teddy and the kitty look adorable~

  12. I am going to make that bread come September when it cools down around here. We've been in a heat wave (high 90s) all summer. It seems like something we would like for a cooler day.

    I am going to try and find the cookbook you mentioned. I love a good cookbook. Thanks for mentioning it.

  13. Sounds yummy and teddy looks tired.


  14. Can`t wait to try this recipe! I can almost smell it baking. Thank you.

  15. That bread looks so yummy I want to jump into the computer and have a bite!
    Thanks for the recipe!

  16. I need to bring my cast iron skillets back in. Years ago I took them to the garage. Have been seeing recipes using them to bake in that I would love to try and this one will get added to the list.

  17. Looks great in that cast iron pan. I haven't made this in years. Just used dried dill in my recipe. I will have to try it again. Thanks

  18. Bessie's recipe sounds delicious. Loved the picture of all the different colored eggs, and how fun that you cracked a double yolker. I haven't seen one for years either.

  19. Did you use a green egg to go with the dill?
    and did Teddy get to try some?
    donkey in the pines

  20. Love your site. So many ideas and thoughts but yet they all seem to flow.
    I like your happy thoughts. Might I borrow the idea myself?

    And, oh yes, I popped over from Willow's blog.

  21. This recipe seems easy and delicious. The Vincent and Mary Price cookbook is one of my favorite cookbooks. The pictures are wonderfully old world restaurant and just what I would want my kitchen to be. They are original foodies.

  22. Looks and sounds yummy, and easy! You can't ask for more than that!

    Happy day, kisses to Teddy.

    Sending love, Sandi

  23. This looks so delicious! Great for a fall weekend.

  24. Yummm. My 19 year old daughter (who loves to bake) and I should work on this over the weekend. I saw your comment on PVE and cross over into foodie blogs. What a vicarious thrill, I love your part of the world!
    Dovecote Decor

  25. Oh, now I will be pulling out the cast iron skillet! Your bread looks delicious! And your fur buddies are darling!

  26. Anything that can be made in my cast iron pan has got to be good! I just gave my daughter a cast iron pan for her birthday and will have to send her this recipe...which reminds me of a casserole bread I made long ago from a McCall's cookbook...will have to revisit that book too:)

    Wonderful photos! ...and thanks for visiting Arcadia:)

  27. Hi there...thanks for your visit to my blog. I love this bread recipe and am going to try it!
    Love where you love and your sweet Teddy, my daughter has 2 poodles, Tucker and Ollie. Come say hi any time :D

  28. I can't make a pie but I could make this bread for sure!

    As soon as the temperature dips below 90, I'm on.

    Teddy, I think sometimes it's enough to be decorative.

    xoxo jane

  29. ah, the elusive double-yolker! this recipe sounds so good...teddy looks so cute "helping" hee hee :)

  30. Kary, have you ever doubled the recipe? I'm having a hoard of folks in next weekend. Would you suggest one large loaf or two separate ones?

  31. I LOVE unusual bread recipes (I bake bread about 5 times a week, so it's easy to get bored!) ... Thank you so much for this.

    P.S. It's so nice that you still have that recipe from childhood :-}

  32. I can not wait to try this bread and pass the recipe on to my niece. We both love dill and no knead breads. Thanks so much

  33. oh my, I am obsessed with your dog!! He is sooo friggin cute! My fiance is allergic to dogs and I beg and beg for a toy poodle everyday- I'm going to send him pics of your Teddy in hopes to help change his mind soon :)

  34. I might just have to try my first ever homemade bread this weekend...

  35. Sounds easy... I like the idea of 'no knead'. I've copied the recipe, and will surely try it. Thanks! Enjoying your blog.


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