Dill Bread

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. + rising Bake: 35 min.


12 servings

Updated: Sep. 23, 2023
This golden brown loaf is moist and flavorful. Dill weed gives each wedge an herbed zest, making it a nice complement to most any meal. What's more, this easy yeast bread requires no kneading! —Corky Huffsmith, Salem, Oregon


  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1 cup 2% cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup snipped fresh dill or 4 teaspoons dill weed
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dill seed
  • 1 large egg, room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 2-1/4 to 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour


  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. In a small saucepan, heat cottage cheese to 110°-115°; add to yeast mixture. Add fresh dill, butter, salt, sugar, dill seed, egg and 1 cup flour; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Do not knead. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  2. Punch down dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; shape into a 6-in. circle. Transfer to a greased 9-in. cast-iron skillet or round baking pan. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake until crust is golden brown and bread sounds hollow when tapped, 35-40 minutes. Remove from pan to a wire rack to cool. Cut into wedges.

Dill Bread Tips

What does the cottage cheese do in this dill bread recipe?

As a high-protein, high-moisture dairy product, cottage cheese adds a rich texture and tenderness to this recipe. Its subtle tang complements the fresh dill and builds flavor. Check out more fresh dill recipes.

Why do I need room temperature eggs for dill bread?

Room temperature eggs mix more easily with the melted butter and warmed cottage cheese. (Many of our homemade bread recipes call for room temperature eggs too.) To warm the egg, set it in a bowl of lukewarm water for 15 minutes before mixing.

How do I store homemade dill bread?

Wrap it tightly with plastic and store for up to 3 days at room temperature. You can also freeze dill bread: Let it cool completely, freeze on a baking tray then wrap in plastic and foil. Freeze for up to 3 months. Learn more about how to freeze bread.

Research contributed by Elizabeth Harris

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 118 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 364mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 fat.