Bacon and Cheese Bread
Bacon and Cheddar bread is the first variety that I ever made for the markets. How it came into being goes something like this:
Years and years ago in Australia my best friend and I used to go to our local club on a Friday and Saturday night. After having a good time until the wee hours we would walk through the alleyway past some stores. One of these stores was called “Ben’s Bakery”.
Amongst many goodies Ben made some wonderful Bacon and Cheese bread rolls. They were a soft, almost hot dog shaped bun with a wonderful layer of bacon and cheese on top. Seeing that it was almost breakfast time by the time we got there it always seemed the right thing to do to buy a couple of Ben’s bacon and cheese rolls.
So inspired by “Ben’s Bakery” of Avalon Beach, Sydney, Australia I am always very pleased when customers enjoy my Bacon and Cheese bread! Bacon and Cheddar is always VERY popular.
How to make Bacon and Cheese Bread
This is my Bacon and Cheese Bread recipe. Remember to adjust to your own taste. A light egg wash will help the bacon and cheese to stick to the outside of the loaf.
8 ounces lukewarm water (1 cup) Note less water due to water content in Olives
3 cups bread flour
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/8 cup sliced bacon pieces
1/8 cup grated Cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons dry active yeast
1. Combine lukewarm water, sugar and yeast. Allow to sit for 10 minutes
2. Add all other ingredients to water/yeast and mix with dough hook for 7 minutes.
3. Allow to rise for 45 minutes or until double in size.
4. Remove dough from mixing bowl and beat down. Allow to rest for 10 minutes.
5. Knead for a couple of minutes and shape.
6. Place in loaf pan. Brush with egg wash and put some Bacon and Cheese on top. Allow to rise until double in size or to top of loaf pan. (TIP: I usually sprinkle the bacon bits on first and then cheese over the top. The cheese melts in the oven and “glues” the bacon to the bread.)
7. Bake in oven for 30 minutes at 375F
Here is a video of how to make my Bacon and Cheddar Bread