Dill and Onion Bread

"A Russian recipe from the Frugal Gourmet on our Immigrant Ancestors. This is a hearty bread which goes well with stew. This recipe is so easy if you have a kitchenaid mixer. And it's delicious! Cook time includes rise time. I like to freeze one loaf for later."
photo by April T. photo by April T.
photo by April T.
photo by Kaarin photo by Kaarin
Ready In:
4hrs 20mins
2 loaves




  • Dissolve the yeast in warm water; let sit till foamy.
  • Combine yeast, melted butter, sugar, cottage cheese, onion, dill, soda, salt and 2 eggs in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add 2 cups flour.
  • With a dough hook or by hand, knead in remaining flour. Only add the last 1/2 cup flour if the dough will not pull away from sides of pan after kneading for about 10 minutes.
  • Cover and let rise until double.
  • Punch dough down and let rise again.
  • Finally, knead the dough by hand until it is smooth and elastic.
  • Shape into 2 round loaves and place on cookie sheets sprinkled with cornmeal.
  • Let rise until double, then brush with egg yolk beaten with 2 tablespoons water.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 45-50 minutes until golden.
  • The bottoms of loaves will sound hollow when tapped.

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  1. This bread has great texture, flavor and aroma. It slices up beautifully (I like thinner sliced bread). I ended up using part bread flour as I ran out of all-purpose and didn't want to let my dough sit while I opened up a new bag. Due to oven space constraints, I just baked it in two one-pound loaf pans, turned it out at the end and rubbed the tops with butter. Baking soda breads rise quite high, so I only let it get to barely the tops of the pans and it was perfect. It was very easy to make and it seemed like each rising only took about 45 minutes or so. Next time, I will have everything measured in the mixer bowl before I start the yeast. I was gathering all of the other ingredients and suddenly noticed I had a yeast volcano going!! This would make a great gift bread because it makes two loaves. Kaarin, thank you for the wonderful recipe! It's a keeper!
  2. awesome bread. I made this the other day and it turned out great. I would suggest that you cut a slit in the dough ball before you bake it. Also, wait till it cools down for at least 30 minutes before you cut into it. Cutting too soon, will affect the texture.
  3. Excellent flavor of bread. Perfect combination of onion and dill. Easy to make except it does take some time with 3 rises. But oh so worth it. Thanks Kaarin for another great bread.
  4. This bread is delicious. I used fresh onion and fresh dill and had to adjust a bit as my dough was a bit wetter but the final was result was terrific. I had to bake it a bit longer but am very happy with the final product. Thanks, Kaarin!
  5. This bread was great, I'm a personal chef and I will be using this frequently. Thank you, an easy recipe to follow.


I'm a stay at home mom with 3 adorable children-an 8 year old daredevil son, a 5 1/2 year old princess and a wild little 2 year old girl! I love to cook, and like having my little helpers in the kitchen! I usually love recipes that are completely from scratch (I still love them actually) but right now my focus is on having any kind of food ready by mealtime! It's a little crazy here lately. Every summer we have a huge organic garden, apple orchard and raspberry and blueberry patches, along with a woods full of wild foods waiting for me to learn what they are so I can collect them. I'm learning about wild mushrooms first, so if anyone has any tips, let me know. We also eat wild venison which my husband and I hunt ourselves. It's our favorite meat, since it's lean, organic and cheap! Some of my hobbies are: hiking, biking, rock climbing, gardening, playing in the water with my kids, or just swinging in the hammock with a good book. I go stir crazy if I spend too much time inside.
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