Spicy Fennel Bread


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.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Additional Time:
10 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
11 hrs 50 mins
1 loaf


  • 1 ½ cups water, at room temperature

  • ½ teaspoon active dry yeast

  • 1 pinch white sugar

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons fennel seeds

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt

  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • ½ teaspoon minced onion

  • ½ teaspoon minced garlic


  1. Combine water, yeast, and sugar in a measuring cup. Mix well.

  2. Combine flour, fennel seeds, salt, red pepper flakes, onion, and garlic in a large bowl. Mix well until combined and any flour clumps are broken up. Slowly pour in the yeast-water mixture and stir into the flour.

  3. Knead the bread by hand until dough is well combined and you have an even consistency. Transfer to an oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let rest on the countertop, 10 to 14 hours.

  4. Remove dough onto the counter and knead once more. Let rise, 30 minutes to 1 hour.

  5. While bread rises, preheat the oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Sprinkle the bottom of an oven-safe Dutch oven with flour, cover with the lid, and place in the oven while it preheats.

  6. Remove the Dutch oven and carefully place the dough in the pot; cover with the lid.

  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Remove the lid and continue to bake until golden, about 30 minutes more. Remove from the oven and place on a rack to cool.

Cook's Note:

You can use bread flour instead of all-purpose.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

117 Calories
0g Fat
24g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 117
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Sodium 293mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 11mg 1%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 49mg 1%

* 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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