Bacon Tomato Onion Bread

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If it's got bacon in it or on it I'm all in.  This bread is an excellent breakfast bread or just plain snacking bread, slather it with butter and it's a meal.  Meat, veggies and carbs, what more could you want or need.
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Step 1: The Ingredients

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1 1/2 teaspoon yeast
1 cup water - between 90 - 115 degrees, NO HOTTER! or you will kill the yeast
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup wheat flour (you can use all of one kind or mix up the portions to your liking as long as you end up with 2 cups total)
1 tablespoon shortening
1 teaspoon salt
extra flour for kneading
1/2 cup diced onions
1/2 cup cooked, diced bacon
1/3 cup sun dried tomatoes (not packed in oil), finely chopped
1/4 cup melted butter

9"x5" loaf pan

Step 2: Activating the Yeast

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Mix yeast into warm water in a small bowl and let sit for a few minutes to activate.  
You can use your finger to gauge the temperature but I like to use a thermometer just to be sure.

Step 3: Lets Get Mixing

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In a large bowl add the flours and salt
Mix in the yeast and water mixture and stir well
Add shortening and mix in well.

Step 4: Knead That Dough

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Spread a little flour onto the counter and knead the dough until smooth.

Step 5: Let it Rise, Let it Rise

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Put about a 1/2 teaspoon of vegetable oil in a clean bowl and spread it all around the inside.
Put dough in bowl and turn it once so the oiled side is up.
Cover with a clean lint free cloth and let it sit until it has doubled in size.

Step 6: Caramelizing the Onion

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While the dough is rising it's time to caramelize the onion.
Melt about a teaspoon of butter into a skillet and put in the onion.  Caramelizing is a slow process so keep the heat on medium low and let the onion brown slowly releasing that nice sweet flavor, stirring occasionally. 
Set aside until the dough has risen.

Oooh! Bacon in bread sounds awesome!
jputnam2 (author)  Penolopy Bulnick2 years ago
It has been suggested to make another loaf with just the bacon.
I would encourage that suggestion.
bajablue2 years ago
OMG... I'm imagining what a grilled cheese sandwich would taste like! ;-p~

Excellent work!!!
jputnam2 (author)  bajablue2 years ago
I hadn't thought about grilled cheese, what an excellent idea!
katherholt2 years ago
This looks amazing, will be making it soon!