Introduction: Bacon Bread

I love this bread, so far everyone that I've made it for has fallen in love with it as well.

Step 1: Ingredients

For a 1.5 pound loaf you will need,

1 Cup water
2 Tablespoons butter (softened)
2/3 Cup cooked bacon (with fat, that was 8 strips of thick cut bacon for me)
2 1/2 Cups white bread flour
1/2 Cup whole wheat flour
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3/4 teaspoon pepper
3/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast (or 1 1/2 teaspoons fast rise)

other,

measuring spoons, pot holders, bread machine, measuring cups, sifter, bread knife or and electric knife works really well.

Step 2: Bacon

Cook till crisp, crumble, and add fat back to it when measuring. I like to cook my bacon on a George Foreman grill, it doesn't splatter the kitchen in bacon grease, and the fat slides right off, that makes it a little easier to add the fat back in after you crumble it up to measure. I used 8 slices of thick cut bacon.

Step 3: Adding the Ingredients to the Bread Pan.

Check your bread machine's manual, mine says to add the wet ingredients first, but some may say to add dry ingredients first.

Add the water, bacon, and butter to the bread pan. 
Next sift flours together, and add to the bread pan, make three indentions with your thumb or spoon. In one of the corner dents put salt, pepper, basil, and garlic powder. In the other corner goes the sugar. In the middle indention put your yeast.

Step 4: Baking

Place bread pan into the bread machine, then close the lid and choose 1.5 pound loaf setting, then choose the "White Bread" cycle (it is called Basic on my machine), choose crust color, I like light. Press start.

First the machine will mix the ingredients and do some kneading cycles, and sometimes the machine will stop to let the dough rest or rise, baking happens in the last hour. 

The dough will look like a mess at first, then it will form a nice ball, the dough should feel springy to the touch, and not be too sticky or gooey, if it is too wet you can add a tablespoon at a time of flour (use bread flour or all purpose not the wheat!) till it feels right, if the dough is too dry you can add a table spoon of water at a time.

At the end of the first hour the dough has been kneaded and is in a resting stage.

When there is about an hour left the dough has risen nicely and is about ready to start the baking cycle.

Step 5: Slicing, Eating, Storing

When the baking cycle is over, use a pot holder to pull the bread pan out, and set aside to let the bread cool in the pan for 10 minutes. When 10 minutes is up, use hot pads to turn bread pan over and let bread slide out of pan onto hot pad, place on a trivet or cooling rack to cool for at least 30 minutes before slicing at this point you can brush the top with butter and sprinkle some kosher salt onto the top if you like. After 30 minutes passes, place bread into a cutting board, or a bread slicing guide (mine hadn't come in the mail yet, so I didn't get to show it.) 

Choose a long serrated bread knife, or use an electric knife (they are great for slicing bread!) and slice bread, then you can spread butter on the slice, or toast it, make a sandwich, the loaf doesn't usually make it to the next day at my house, but I'm sure it is great for breakfast, sadly, I wouldn't know.

In my experience homemade bread mold pretty quickly when left out at room temperature in a zip lock bag (usually after 3-5 days), I store mine in the fridge and have not had a molding problem yet. I did just get a bread box, to set on the counter, hopefully that works out, we'll see.

Enjoy your yummy Bacon Bread, and try to share!

Comments

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njreyn made it!(author)2015-05-28

Bacon on the Foreman?! BRILLIANT! Why didn't I think of that?

Think I'll be making this for a little get together this weekend...

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moxiepurple made it!(author)2015-05-28

Awesome! I hope you guys love it!

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PaganRaven made it!(author)2013-01-12

Love your 'ible! My husband is a bacon fanatic, and he actually doesn't care for desserts, or sweets - his "desserts" consist of more meat! So our daughter and I are constantly on the lookout for new ideas for him. THIS 'ible is perfect! (not to mention it made me drool a bit too! )
I don't have a bread machine but I don't see any reason why this recipe couldn't be done by hand. Thank you Moxiepurple!

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youcantoo made it!(author)2012-11-29

If you want to slow down the bread from molding, add 1 teaspoon citric acid to it or 1/2 tsp vinegar. You should never store bread in a fridge as it will cause the bread to dry out and go stale faster. Bread should also never be stored in a plastic bag. Storing in plastic will cause the bread to mold faster. Bread should be stored in a paper bread bag or a bread cloth in a cool dark place, such as a bread box.

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moxiepurple made it!(author)2012-11-29

Cool! I'll have to try the citric acid, we have some for mead making.

I've never had bread dry out or go moldy in the fridge, in ziplock or other storage. All of our home made and store bought bread is amazing every time we use it, and it stays in for a couple weeks before it is all used up. I live in a very humid environment, I don't think these storage options would work for me. I have had a little luck with an acrylic bread storage box that has a cover with small holes that you can open as little or as much as you like though.

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Jareth247 made it!(author)2011-05-17

I wanna do this, but use turkey bacon.

Also, I have a delicious recipe for scrambled eggs (but you can go omelet if you want) and this bread would make it awesome.

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reddnekk made it!(author)2012-02-17

If your recipe for scrambled eggs is better than mine, I wanna know it!! Please publish it. Mine uses eggs (surprise!), vanilla, cream, garlic, and sometimes cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.

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moxiepurple made it!(author)2011-05-17

If you do make it with turkey bacon let me know how it turns out. I <3 turkey bacon.

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reddnekk made it!(author)2012-02-17

I am on gluten-free diet. Has anyone tried this recipe using gluten-free flour? I make gluten-free bread using Bob's Red Mill Gluten-free Bread Mix. Maybe I should try this recipe just substituting that for the two types of wheat flour mentioned.

If I do, I will report back the results.

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heyeugene made it!(author)2011-05-13

That is indeed an excellent idea!I' m pretty sure it tastes s good....

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lkoonce made it!(author)2011-05-09

I tried this today and it is excellent. You explained in great easy to follow detail every step of the way and even me (a non-cook) could make it. Best bread ever, beware are you might eat the whole loaf. LOVE IT..

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moxiepurple made it!(author)2011-05-10

Great! I love making bread, in the machine or the oven, this is one of my favorite recipes.

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