Friday, July 6, 2012

Bacon and Cheese Pull apart Bread

I am obsessed with savory bread. I don't make a ton of bread, but whenever I do I want to add cheese, and sometimes Jalapenos. Then the thought occurred to me that I should make this a breakfast bread and add bacon! WOW oh WOW was this bread worth the wait. It is a yeasted bread so it takes time to rise, 2 rises to be exact. Making bread in the warmer months is less frustrating. Since the house is already warm/hot it's easy to get the bread rising quickly. But it is a double edged sword, cause then to bake the bread you have to turn on the oven.  If this is started early in the day it will be ready for dinner, or start it late and bake at night when it's a little cooler. Then the bread will be ready for breakfast! So here you go. Really it's not that hard Just jump in and make it!

Bacon and Cheese Pull apart bread:
1  cup flour
3/4 cup flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 TBS sugar
2 1/4 tsp instant yeast (1 envelope)
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup milk
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup water
2 eggs
16 oz Pepper jack cheese, grated
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 pound bacon diced and cooked- fat drained

Set dough in a oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap, then set in a warm place to rise for one hour. After one hour, punch the dough down and either refrigerate for later/tomorrow use, or use it now. Lightly flour the counter and  roll the dough into a giant rectangle. Brush the dough with melted butter then covered with the rest of cheese and all the bacon.
Using a pizza cutter, slice the dough from top to bottom into 6 even strips – they do not have to be perfect. Lay the strips on top of each other and then cut into 6 pieces again. Butter and lightly flour a 9 x 5 loaf pan. Layer the square slices into the loaf pan cut side down  Cover the dough with a towel and let rise for another hour. Once it's done rising it's time to bake and enjoy!
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and set the loaf pan on a baking sheet. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until the top is golden brown. 

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