One of the things I most love about making homemade bread is the scent that fills our house while it bakes. There is just nothing homier than that smell. Well, this bread takes the smell of baking bread to a whole ‘nother level. Start with homemade bread, add in the scent of cooked bacon and brown sugar and I think you’ll get what I’m talking about.
The base for this bread comes from my English Muffin Bread recipe. I’ve been wanting to play around with that recipe for a long time because it’s such an easy one to put together and it always turns out wonderfully. I figured it would be the perfect bread to add some different fillings. And it just made sense to me to go with our one of current favorite flavor combinations – bacon & brown sugar.
The bread turns out moist and delicious. It’s neither too sweet nor too salty. In fact, it’s the perfect blend of flavors because you taste each one uniquely without any of them overpowering the other flavors. This bread is great when toasted lightly and spread with butter. It also tastes great with a thin layer of peanut butter spread on top (yes…seriously!) or as the base of a breakfast sandwich.
Bacon & Brown Sugar Bread
- 6 c. flour
- 1 1/2 T. yeast (or 2 packets)
- 1/4 c. brown sugar
- 1 t. salt
- 1/4 t. baking powder
- 2 c. milk
- 1/2 c. water
- 1/3 c. brown sugar
- 1 lb. bacon, diced and cooked until crisp
- Corn meal, for dusting the pan
1. In a mixing bowl, combine 4 c. flour, yeast, 1/4 c. brown sugar, salt and baking powder. Mix for 1 minute.
2. While flour is mixing, pour milk and water into a small saucepan. Heat over low heat until warm, about 2 minutes. Stir in brown sugar until dissolved. Pour into mixing bowl with the flour and beat for 2 minutes.
3. Add remaining cups of flour, 1/2 a cup at a time, and mix for 3-5 minutes (or knead by hand for 5-7 minutes). Dough will be somewhat sticky. By hand, knead in the crisped bacon.
4. Grease 2 loaf pans and sprinkle with cornmeal. Spread dough into each pan, cover and let rise for 45 minutes.
5. Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown.