Spicy Fennel Bread

October 12, 2020
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  • Prep time 10 minutes
  • Cook time 1 hour
  • Makes 1 loaf
Author Notes

The smell of this Spicy Fennel Bread is still lingering in the house making me feel so cozy! A few years ago a breakfast spot opened up downtown that started making Spicy Fennel Bagels. As an avid everything bagel lover, I was not sure at first but was quickly convinced to give it a try. Oh my goodness was I happily surprised. The spice given off by the fennel was perfection melted into the bagel. A bit later I moved and craved these bagels so I decided to make my own version, Spicy Fennel Bread. —marvelous munch

What You'll Need
  • 3 cups AP or Bread Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1 pinch sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups room temperature water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced onion
  • 2 teaspoons fennel seeds
  1. In a measuring cup add the room temperatire water, yeast, and sugar. Mix well
  2. In a large bowl add the flour, salt, red pepper flakes, minced garlic, minced onion, and fennel. Mix well until combined and any flour clumps are broken up
  3. Slowly pour in the yeast water mixture and stir into the flour
  4. Hand knead the bread until everthing is combined well and you have an even consistency
  5. Let bread rest over night on the counter with the bowl covered by pastic wrap
  6. Let dough rise for 10-14 hours
  7. Remove dough onto counter and knead once more, let rise 30 minutes to an hour
  8. Preheat oven to 450°
  9. Add a handful of flour to your dutch oven, cover with the lid, and place in oven while it preheats
  10. Once oven is heated, remove the dutch oven and place the dough in the oven covered
  11. Bake for 30 minutes and remove cover, bake for another 30 minutes
  12. Remove from oven and place on a rack to cool!

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Anna D. January 23, 2021
Thank you for figuring out this spice blend of the spicy fennel bagels! I also frequented the breakfast spot you mentioned and was devastated when they stopped serving them. While I didn’t make the bread itself, I did make some homemade bagels and topped it with the spice mixture. They tasted just like the bagels I remembered. I’m so glad I’m able to recreate them now at home.