Step 1: Ingredients
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)
measuring spoons, pot holders, bread machine, measuring cups, sifter, bread knife or and electric knife works really well.
Step 2: Bacon
Step 3: Adding the Ingredients to the Bread Pan.
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
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
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!