Bake the bacon into the bread. YES!
I have to say that I think this is the best recipe idea I’ve had in a long time. Why cook bacon and then simply put it between two slices of bread when you can cook the whole lot together? 🙂
This is perfect for a family brunch, although I must admit that it does require a little preparation time because you have to wait for the bread dough to rise. However, if you have an automatic bread machine then that would really help.
I used 5 pieces of rindless shortcut bacon in my loaf. If you live in the USA and get rasher bacon then you might want to use a little more. The best tip is to ensure that you have an even single layer of bacon across the bread before you sandwich it over.
If you don’t have wholemeal flour then just use white flour instead.
Ingredients – serves 4/6 as part of a brunch:
- 1 sachet (7g/0.2oz) dried yeast
- approx 1 cup water
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 and 1/2 cups plain (all purpose) flour
- 1 and 1/2 cups plain wholemeal flour
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- approx 5 rashers bacon (I used rindless shortcut bacon)
- 50g/2oz butter
- a little olive oil, to drizzle
- 1/4 cup grated cheddar cheese
- Put the yeast, 1/2 cup of the water plus the sugar into a small bowl and stir. Set aside for 15 minutes until frothy.
- Put the flour, salt, and oregano into a large bowl and stir to mix. Add the remainder of the water and also the yeast mixture. Stir until the dough comes together and then turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. You can do this with the dough hook on your electric mixture if you have one.
- Put the dough into a lightly greased large bowl and cover the bowl with cling wrap. Set aside for 1 hour until doubled in size.
- Punch down the risen dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured work surface.
- Knead a little and then use your hands to form the dough into a rectangle shape (about 25cm/10 inches long).
- On one half of the dough place a few thin slices of butter then the bacon (in a single layer), and then the remainder of the butter.
- Fold the dough over to form a big sandwich, enclosing the bacon.
- Transfer to a baking tray and leave to rise for another 15-20 minutes.
- Meanwhile heat your oven to 180C/160C fan forced/350F.
- Drizzle a little olive oil over the top of the bread then bake for 30 minutes.
- Scatter the grated cheese over the top of the bread and bake for a further 15-20 minutes until the bread is golden all over.
- Remove from the oven and leave to cool for 10-15 minutes before serving.