Easy, No-Knead Cottage Bread

When I have some cottage cheese left over that is getting a bit "tangy", this is what I make. The original recipe is from the March 1995 issue of Better Homes and Gardens.

Cottage Bread
Use the pan you have on hand - a loaf pan, round pan, or casserole.

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 pkg active dry yeast (2 1/4 tsp)
1/2 cup cottage cheese
1/2 cup water (I add a little more)
1 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp margarine or butter
1 tsp dried minced onion
3/4 tsp salt
1 egg
1/2 cup toasted wheat germ

Stir together 1 cup of the flour and the yeast; set aside. In a medium saucepan heat and stir cottage cheese, water, sugar, margarine, onion, and salt till warm and margarine is almost melted. Add to the flour mixture; add egg. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes more.

Stir in wheat germ and remaining flour (the batter will be stiff). Spoon into a well-greased pan. Cover and let rise in a warm place till nearly double (50-60 minutes).

Bake in a 375° oven for 25-30 minutes (30-35 if you are using a loaf pan) or until the bread sounds hollow when lightly tapped. If necessary, cover with foil the last 10 minutes to prevent over-browning. Remove from pan. Serve warm or cool.

I add a bit more liquid than the half cup of water in the recipe; the first several times I made this it was too dry for my taste. This bread is dense with a heavier crumb. In other words, it is quite delicious but it's more like an artisan bread than a sandwich loaf. We enjoy it with soup, stew or chili.

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  1. Thanks for sharing this recipe. It is one I will hold onto and i am sure it will come in handy.

  2. I love homemade bread. I am always trying new recipes. This is one I will be making. Plus I pinned it for future baking days. Thanks for sharing.

    1. I hope you enjoy it, Michelle. It's a nice change from the usual loaf of bread. Thank you for pinning the post.

  3. Kim, you're welcome. I hope you enjoy it. You can see how long I've held onto it - it's from 1995!

  4. I love trying new breads and I have never had one quite like this. I will have to make it!

  5. Enjoy, Carlee! Life is too short to not experiment, right? Thank you for stopping by.

  6. Wonderful idea, Kathy. I bet this bread is wonderful with soup--or just loaded with real butter. Yum. ~Sally

  7. Sally, yes and yes!

  8. Man, this sounds great, Kathi! Pinned!

    Jennifer (myflagstaffhome.com)

  9. I hope you'll give it a try, Jennifer. Thank you for the Pin.

  10. I saw this on another blog hop and pinned it before I noticed you had posted it on my site. Thanks for sharing at the Weekend Blog Hop (www.myflagstaffhome.com).


  11. Jennifer, thank you for pinning it. :-) it spoke to you strongly! Give it a try, it's very good.

  12. This sounds really good. I am going to try it soon. Pinned for later. Thanks for sharing this with us on the Homestead Blog Hop.

  13. I hope you'll try it, Gregg. No-knead breads are a good thing to know. Thank you for visiting.

  14. I hope you'll try it, Gregg. No-knead breads are a good thing to know. Thank you for visiting.

  15. What a lovely recipe, Kathi, and what a great way to use up cottage cheese! I've pinned and shared this one. Thank you so much for being a part of the Hearth and Soul hop. Hope you will stop by again this week if you haven't already - the hop is live now!

  16. Thank you, April. I appreciate you visiting all the way from the UK.

  17. in your photo, it looks like you added something Red diced up and on right side of loaf in front about half way down there is round brownish thing. Did you add red pepper or fruit to the bread?

  18. I added a small amount of chopped red bell pepper to this loaf as an experiment. It was a nice addition. Someone else asked if I might have added cranberries, which I think would also be lovely although I haven't tried it. Either way, let us know what you add and how you like it!

  19. This looks like the type of bread my dad would love. Pinning to try later. I do love baking bread with cottage cheese in it. Thanks for sharing on the Country Fair Blog Party. I do hope you will join us again tomorrow.


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