Gramma Good's Fennel Bread

Gramma Good's Fennel Bread

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"When I think of Gramma's kitchen, this bread comes to mind. It smells wonderful and is heavenly as toast, especially with homemade applesauce spread on top! Pungent fennel seeds and plump sweet raisins will make this a favorite at your house."
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3 h 45 m servings 277 cals
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Original recipe yields 24 servings



  • Calories:
  • 277 kcal
  • 14%
  • Fat:
  • 1.9 g
  • 3%
  • Carbs:
  • 57.8g
  • 19%
  • Protein:
  • 7.8 g
  • 16%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 1 mg
  • < 1%
  • Sodium:
  • 302 mg
  • 12%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast in 1 cup of lukewarm water. Let stand until foamy, about 10 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the quart of warm water, salt, ginger, sugar, fennel, molasses, and melted butter. Mix in the yeast slurry and rye flour, breaking up any lumps of flour with a whisk. Stir in raisins. Work in the bread flour 1/2 cup at a time, until the dough becomes stiff.
  3. Then, turn it out onto a floured surface and knead in as much of the remaining flour as necessary to make a stiff but workable dough. Knead for an additional 10 minutes to develop the gluten. Place dough into a greased bowl, and turn to coat. Cover and let rise until double, about 1 hour. Punch down the dough and let it rise again until double.
  4. Remove dough from bowl, and divide into 4 equal pieces. press out air bubbles, and roll dough into loaves. Place the loaves into four 8x4 inch well greased loaf pans. Let rise in a warm place until doubled in size.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Bake the loaves for 40 to 45 minutes, or until the tops are nicely browned, and the loaves sound hollow when tapped on the bottom.



I really like this bread. I baked it for about 55 minutes and it turned out well. I didn't add raisins bc half of the dough was made into a pastrami experiment (I halved the recipe to make 2 l...

I only used half the recipe and the only change I made was dark raisins in place of golden, so I stayed pretty true to the recipe and I was disappointed. There is too much water and as a result...

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