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Bacon and Cheddar Pull Apart Bread

Soft and chewy pull apart bread loaded with extra sharp cheddar cheese and crispy bacon!

Bacon and Cheddar Pull Apart Bread | Fabtastic EatsWe’ve been diy’ing like crazy again. Chairs, benches, nightstands. I mentioned awhile back that we’re totally revamping our master bedroom, like from the ground up, literally…we started with just a mattress on the ground. We’ve come a long way, but we’re still not finished. One of the biggest issues I’m having is finding nightstands. You wouldn’t believe how hard that can be…and let me tell you, I am so sick of leaning down to the ground to pick up my book or water, and having to ninja my way back up (#firstworldproblems)..our bed is really high, it was a requirement.

Bacon and Cheddar Pull Apart Bread | Fabtastic EatsI think we’d be able to find something a lot quicker if a) we had a million bucks, and b) we could actually agree on something, but alas…we’re still nowhere near there. So we’ve devised a plan to do them ourselves, buuuuut I’m a child and I want instant gratification, so if you have a favorite place for these types of things, tell me tell me. I’ve pretty much checked every home goods, marshalls, tj maxx in the state, scoured joss & main and one kings lane daily, nothing I like at target, so maybe I’m being really picky too? that’s probably part of it.

Bacon and Cheddar Pull Apart Bread | Fabtastic EatsI know for a fact I’m completely indecisive, in all things. Currently I’m reupholstering a couple chairs, and I’m sitting here staring at the fabric draped over it…the fabric I just HAD to have, at a whopping $25/yard..and now I’m suddenly not so sure. my brain is annoying at times.

Bacon and Cheddar Pull Apart Bread | Fabtastic EatsBut what’s not annoying? carbs! & cheese! & bacon! I think it’s almost impossible to go wrong when those three things are involved. I used aged extra sharp white cheddar, because it’s so tangy and perfect, but feel free to use what you love,  I crisped up the bacon to perfection and chopped it good so it would get allll up in the bread, and it.is.loaded.

This pull-apart bread is soooo soft and slightly chewy on the inside, with a nice golden, crispy top. You will love it!

Bacon and Cheddar Pull Apart Bread | Fabtastic Eats

Bacon and Cheddar Pull Apart Bread

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 35 minutes

Yield: 1-9 inch loaf

Soft and chewy pull apart bread loaded with extra sharp cheddar cheese and crispy bacon!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 4 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 6 cups cheddar, divided
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked until crispy and roughly chopped.

Directions

  1. Stir together the warm water, yeast and honey. Poof for 5-10 minutes.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with the dough hook, add the flour, basil, salt, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, and 1 cup of the cheese
  3. Pour in the milk, yeast mixture, and olive oil. Knead for 5-6 minutes on medium speed.
  4. Grease a large bowl with a small amount of olive oil, transfer the dough to the bowl, cover, and set aside to rise until it doubles in size, 1-2 hours.
  5. Punch down the dough, roll it out on a lightly floured surface to a 12" x 22" rectangle.
  6. Sprinkle with all but 1 cup of the cheese, and most of the chopped, crispy bacon, setting a small amount aside.
  7. Cut into three strips lengthwise, then six strips across.
  8. Carefully lift the squares and stack them in four small piles, pressing the cheese and bacon in lightly as you go.
  9. Line a 9x5" bread pan with parchment paper. Holding together the stacks, start laying them sideways in the pan, filling it all the way to the end, so they're firmly in there. Cover and let rise for 30-40 minutes.
  10. Preheat oven to 350°. Top with remaining 1 cup cheese, and leftover bacon. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. If it begins to darken to much, cover with foil. Enjoy!

base adapted from baked by rachel

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9 Comments

  • Reply Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps

    Oh my goodness! I’m currently waiting for my lunch we’re getting in today, so I’m STARVING, and now, I’m infinitely more hungry than I was few seconds ago. This looks INSANE! And on a home-related note, I had the same problem, as our bed is pretty high up as well. On one side of the bed I actually went a little alternative route and instead of a nightstand, got a tall mirrored round table from C&B, I also see them all the time at Home Goods and even Pier One. It actually works really nicely even though there are no drawers. On the other side, we got the rast nightstand from Ikea and we’re painting it and adding our own knobs. I feel like it’s taller than most nightstands, plus it’s SUPER cheap! It’s like half and half instant gratification!

    November 18, 2014 at 12:56 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      omg! so funny you said that! The IKEA rast hack was exactly what we were thinking of doing too, Ive even planned a trip to ikea this weekend to check it out…thank you pinterest. But Im glad that you mentioned it also, so that I know it works out! you have me pretty excited now 🙂 I looove the mirrored nightstand look, and Ive been begging my husband, but he’s not in love with it for the amount they generally cost..womp womp. But I kind of love the idea of having two different nightstands, I may have to check that out! 😉 Thanks SO much!!

      November 18, 2014 at 5:12 pm
  • Reply Rachel Cooks

    Let’s start our own blog conference that centers around eating this bread.

    November 18, 2014 at 6:27 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      hah let’s definitely do that. or really any conference where we’re centered around the same table!

      November 19, 2014 at 6:01 pm
  • Reply Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough

    I second what Rachel said.

    November 18, 2014 at 9:32 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      lol I’m there! 😉

      November 19, 2014 at 6:02 pm
  • Reply Christine Carroll

    Finding the recipe for the bacon cheddar pull apart loaf brought me here…but, re the nightstands? Try 2nd hand shops, consignment shops, and Overstock.com I bought a gorgeous rug and two lovely occasional tables from them. Both were very good quality, very reasonably priced, and the shipping was free. (How can you beat free shipping??!!) Now I have to go print out that yummy recipe!

    November 25, 2014 at 10:43 am
    • Reply Alaina

      you can’t beat free shipping! thats a really great idea, heading to overstock now, thank you! hope you enjoy the bread!

      November 25, 2014 at 2:55 pm
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