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Posted by / Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Grandma Sybil's Dilly Bread

This recipe is an old recipe from my husbands Grandma Sybil she passed away last year at the lovely age of 100! Simply amazing I thought! 
While we were visiting my Husbands Father brought up this Dilly Bread his mother had made for him over the years.. I believe his exact words at the time were, "That was the best darn bread I ever had."
So I proceeded to see if he might know where the recipe might be hidden but he was sure it was long gone since she went to the assisted living facility.
Fast forward to around Christmas time when I was having a conversation with my Mother-in-law about recipes she wanted to make sure I had copies of and I bring up the story about the Dilly Bread. 
Guess what she had Sybil's Dilly Bread recipe and it's every bit as delicious as my Father-in-law had described.
P.S. This bread is super easy and doesn't require a mixer! 
Light and airy with these little dill seeds that taste mildly like caraway..
Oh dear deliciousness! 

The original copy of the recipe..
I substituted 1/4 cup finely chopped onion for the instant minced onion only because I didn't have any in the cupboard.
Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a medium sized sauce pan and saute 1/4 cup onion until softened over medium-low heat.
Add cottage cheese  to onion mixture and cook until cottage cheese is lukewarm. It can be no hotter the 110 degrees on a thermometer or the yeast will die.
Combine water and active dry yeast. Allow to sit for 3 minutes until yeast is softened.
Add cottage cheese mixture, sugar, sea salt, egg, dill seed and baking soda. Mix until combined.
Add flour in fourths mixing between each addition until well combined.
Mix until thoroughly combined. The original recipe calls this a stiff dough but in my opinion it is more of a medium firm dough...
Little spot's of cottage cheese will peak through the dough. Cover dough in bowl and allow to rise for an hour or until doubled.
Fold down dough and shape into a round. Place in a 8" cake pan or 9" pie plate greased with butter.
Allow to rise 1 hour or until light.
Bake in a 350 degree oven for 40-50 minutes. 

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Grandma Sybil's Dilly Bread

Recipe by Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch Adapted From Grandma Sybil
Grandma Sybil's Dilly Bread
Prep time: PT15M
Cook time: PT50M
Total time: PT3H
Yield: 1 Loaf
  • 1 package Active Dry Yeast
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 1 tablespoon Butter
  • 1/4 cup Onion, Finely Minced or 1 tablespoon Instant Minced Onion
  • 1 cup Cottage Cheese
  • 2 tablespoons Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1 whole Egg, Beaten
  • 2 teaspoons Dill Seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 2 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour
Cooking Directions
  1. Soften yeast in water in a large bowl and set aside.
  2. In a medium sized sauce pan add butter and onion. Saute until softened. Add cottage cheese and cook over medium-low heat until mixture is lukewarm. (No warmer then 110 degrees.)
  3. Add cottage cheese mixture to yeast. Stir in sugar, salt, egg, dill seed and baking soda.
  4. Add flour in fourths and stir until well combined after each addition until all flour has been added. Little lumps of cottage cheese will show but otherwise it will be a medium-stiff dough.
  5. Cover dough and let rise for 60 minutes or until doubled.
  6. Grease with butter a 8" cake pan or 9" pie plate.
  7. Fold dough down and shape into a round.
  8. Place round into greased pan, cover and allow to rise 60 minutes or until light.
  9. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake 40-50 minutes.

Grandma Sibles recipe for Dilly Bread! So easy to make and soo good!


  1. So yummy bread,Serena!! :)

  2. Serena, that is delicious bread, I always love when cooked onion added to bread.

  3. That bread looks incredible! I love dill, but have to admit I don't cook with it enough. Thanks for sharing :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  4. What a gorgeous loaf! And I bet it tastes terrific, too!

  5. I love home bread! This is really different from anything I have ever made. Sounds so delicious.

  6. I have never seen cottage cheese used in dough...and I'm wondering why? It looks fantastic. Simple and delish - so glad you got that recipe!

  7. Wonderful. I love the glaze on the top, it looks so appetising!

  8. Ohh I love dill in aaaanything, but I assume dill seed is different? I would sub for fresh dill, because I love it so :)

  9. What a perfect looking bread! This recipe is a keeper!

  10. Just the look of it, tells that this is one great bread recipe. It's very generous of you to share your Husband's late Grandma's wonderful recipe with us. Have a wonderful week ahead.

  11. I bet this bread would make a great grilled cheese sandwich! I can't wait to try. :) Thanks!

  12. lovely! and I bet super tasty! love family recipes that have been passed on!

  13. I didn't even realize I was hungry until I came across this post. Or, I actually wasn't... It looks so apetizing, I think I could eat it all))



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