Awhile back, I re-posted an old favorite no-knead bread recipe, Millie's Dilly Bread. The recipe was a big winner at The Pillsbury Bake-Off in 1960, and the winning contestant was from Nebraska!
Lots of you commented you remember your mom made it in when you were growing up. You still recall how good it tasted!
All those nice comments, and then there was my beautiful friend Barb. She didn't think her hubby would dig the onion and dill and wondered how the bread could be made sweet!
Ah-ha, a challenge!! (Thank you, Barb. You inspired me!)
So, I did some research and found a simple no-knead Cottage Cheese Bread recipe. Plano. It was almost identical to Millie's recipe but without onion or dill.
Cottage cheese imparts no flavor of its own to the bread. It simply gives the bread a moist, light, porous (read: butter sponge) texture. And freckles. The characteristic brown specks you see when it's baked.
Hmmm, I thought, this is like a blank bread canvas! I went right to work on a sweet breakfast-type loaf. No dill, no onion.
Instead, I plumped up a cup of raisins in a bowl with boiling water from my tea kettle while I mixed up the bread.
I added about 1 teaspoon of cinnamon to the batter. Then I drained the raisins, squeezing out all excess moisture, and stirred them in. From there on, I made it just like dilly bread.
The result was a beautiful loaf that's perfect for toasting and delicious smeared with cream cheese or butter. Papa suggested a glaze might be good. Maybe next time!
I cut the cool loaf into 16 slices and put them in a freezer bag so we can get out a slice or two at a time.
What about adding dried cranberries, cardamom, or orange zest to the batter? How do dried cherries with almonds sound?
This whole "social distancing" thing has limited my ability to share. Worse yet, half of our hungry grandkids just went back to college! If we're not careful, we could quickly gain our COVID 19 pounds!
So, friends, I'm counting on your creativity! Be sure and tell me what you try and how it turns out! I LOVE hearing from you!
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Love, GB (Betty Streff)
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