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Twice-Baked Bacon And Cheddar Bread Recipe

Sliced twice-baked bacon and cheddar bread
Sliced twice-baked bacon and cheddar bread - Katie Rosenhouse/Tasting Table

If you're looking for a bread that's a total crowd-pleaser no matter what the occasion, this twice-baked bacon and cheddar bread is the one you've been waiting for. This loaded bread covers all the bases — salty, cheesy, oniony, and buttery — for a loaf that's impressive enough to bring to a dinner party or potluck but still casual enough for a weeknight meal. Serve it as a decadent appetizer or alongside a bowl of soup, chili, or a seasonal salad, and it'll be gone in no time. Recipe developer Katie Rosenhouse raves, "This bread is super fun to make — you can even get kids involved in the process. It's also over-the-top cheesy and delicious, and it garners lots of oohs and aahs when you pull it out of the oven."

The crisp, golden brown exterior of the bread gives way to a feathery, light center, with each piece coated in melty sharp cheddar cheese, pieces of crispy bacon, sliced green onions, melted butter, and a sprinkle of fresh cracked black pepper for a little heat. Feel free to take this recipe as a starting point and come up with your own variations — diced jalapeños, roasted garlic, caramelized onions, and chopped herbs would all make great additions.

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Gather The Ingredients For Twice-Baked Bacon And Cheddar Bread

Ingredients for twice-baked bacon Cheddar bread
Ingredients for twice-baked bacon Cheddar bread - Katie Rosenhouse/Tasting Table

The bulk of this recipe is handled by pantry staples. To make this twice-baked bread, lukewarm milk and granulated sugar help get instant yeast ready to go. Feel free to substitute in active dry yeast if that's what you have on hand. Bread flour, with its high protein content, helps create an elastic dough with good gluten development, yielding a crusty exterior and a feathery interior. All-purpose flour can be used in a pinch. Kosher salt enhances the flavor of the dough, and unsalted butter is added slowly to help create richness and a tender, buttery crumb.

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After the pull-apart loaf is baked, each section is opened up and stuffed with crumbled bacon and sharp cheddar cheese. Feel free to swap the bacon with turkey bacon if needed, and the cheddar for any type of cheese you prefer, including Gruyère, Monterey Jack, or others. Green onions add an oniony bite and pop of color, but chives can be used in their place. Black pepper is sprinkled on for a touch of peppery heat, and melted butter is drizzled all over for extra tenderness and to help create even browning. If you like a little extra heat, feel free to sprinkle on cayenne pepper at this stage. After baking, flaky sea salt can be added for an extra bit of saltiness.

Step 1: Combine Milk, Yeast, And Sugar

Yeast mixture in a bowl
Yeast mixture in a bowl - Katie Rosenhouse/Tasting Table

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a hook attachment, stir to combine milk, yeast, and sugar.

Step 2: Add Flour And Salt

Dough kneading in mixing bowl
Dough kneading in mixing bowl - Katie Rosenhouse/Tasting Table

Add flour and salt, and knead on low to medium speed until a dough forms, 2–3 minutes.

Step 3: Knead And Add Butter

Adding butter to dough in mixer
Adding butter to dough in mixer - Katie Rosenhouse/Tasting Table

Kneading on low to medium speed, add a few cubes of butter at a time, waiting until each round is absorbed by the dough before adding more, until all butter has been added.

Step 4: Knead Until Smooth

Kneading dough until smooth
Kneading dough until smooth - Katie Rosenhouse/Tasting Table

Continue to knead for 5–6 minutes, until the dough is smooth.

Step 5: Set Aside To Rise

Covered dough in bowl
Covered dough in bowl - Katie Rosenhouse/Tasting Table

Remove the bowl from the mixer, cover with plastic wrap or a tea towel, and set aside to rise until doubled in size, 1–1 ½ hours.

Step 6: Prepare The Pan

Spraying bundt pan
Spraying bundt pan - Katie Rosenhouse/Tasting Table

Spray to coat a bundt or tube pan with baking (or cooking) spray.

Step 7: Transfer Dough To A Surface

Dough on floured surface
Dough on floured surface - Katie Rosenhouse/Tasting Table

Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface.

Step 8: Roll Dough

Dough rolled to square
Dough rolled to square - Katie Rosenhouse/Tasting Table

Roll out into a 12-inch square.

Step 9: Cut Into Squares

Dough cut into small squares
Dough cut into small squares - Katie Rosenhouse/Tasting Table

Cut the dough into 16 (somewhat even) squares.

Step 10: Stack Dough

Dough stacked into Bundt pan
Dough stacked into Bundt pan - Katie Rosenhouse/Tasting Table

Stack squares of dough into the prepared pan.

Step 11: Set Aside To Rise

Dough covered to rise in pan
Dough covered to rise in pan - Katie Rosenhouse/Tasting Table

Cover and set aside to rise until the dough is puffed and marshmallowy, 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Step 12: Preheat The Oven

Preheating oven
Preheating oven - Katie Rosenhouse/Tasting Table

While the dough rises, preheat the oven to 375 F.

Step 13: Bake Until Golden

Baked bread in Bundt pan
Baked bread in Bundt pan - Katie Rosenhouse/Tasting Table

Bake for 25–30 minutes, until golden brown.

Step 14: Cool

Baked bread on cooling rack
Baked bread on cooling rack - Katie Rosenhouse/Tasting Table

Let cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then turn out onto the rack and let stand until cool enough to handle.

Step 15: Pull Bread Apart

Pulling apart bread loaf
Pulling apart bread loaf - Katie Rosenhouse/Tasting Table

Return the bread to the pan, then gently pull the top of each portion of bread apart to make it easy to fill.

Step 16: Stuff With Bacon And Cheese

Stuffing bread with bacon and cheese
Stuffing bread with bacon and cheese - Katie Rosenhouse/Tasting Table

Stuff each portion of bread evenly with bacon and cheese.

Step 17: Sprinkle With Green Onion And Pepper

Bacon Cheddar bread with green onions
Bacon Cheddar bread with green onions - Katie Rosenhouse/Tasting Table

Sprinkle evenly with green onion and black pepper. Sprinkle on cayenne pepper, if desired.

Step 18: Drizzle With Butter

Drizzling melted butter over bread
Drizzling melted butter over bread - Katie Rosenhouse/Tasting Table

Drizzle the top of the bread evenly with melted butter.

Step 19: Cover And Bake

Bundt pan covered with foil
Bundt pan covered with foil - Katie Rosenhouse/Tasting Table

Cover with foil and bake for 10 minutes, then remove the foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes.

Step 20: Garnish And Serve

Baked bacon Cheddar bread
Baked bacon Cheddar bread - Katie Rosenhouse/Tasting Table

Transfer to a serving platter and serve immediately. Garnish with flaky sea salt while hot, if desired.

How Long Does Leftover Twice-Baked Bacon And Cheddar Bread Last?

Bacon Cheddar bread on serving plate
Bacon Cheddar bread on serving plate - Katie Rosenhouse/Tasting Table

The question of how long this bread will last is an easy one to answer — not long at all! When served hot, this twice-baked bacon and cheddar bread is guaranteed to be pulled apart and gobbled up long before any other dish on the table.

If you do happen to have leftovers, this bread can be stored at room temperature for up to 1 day. Reheat, covered, in a preheated, 375 F oven until warmed through. You can also freeze any leftovers for up to 2 months, preferably in slices for quick thawing. If freezing larger pieces, thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating in a preheated, 375 F oven. Individual slices can be quickly heated in a toaster oven or preheated oven before serving.

For the freshest flavor and presentation, consider drizzling the bread with additional melted butter and sprinkling with cheese before reheating. Garnish with fresh green onions, chopped herbs, or a dash of freshly cracked black pepper before serving.

What Dishes Pair Well With Bacon And Cheddar Bread?

Holding slice of bacon Cheddar bread
Holding slice of bacon Cheddar bread - Katie Rosenhouse/Tasting Table

This twice-baked bacon and cheddar bread makes a terrific appetizer for just about any event, from a game day or holiday gathering to a picnic, potluck, or brunch. It's casual enough to set on the table for breakfast or lunch and indulgent enough to kick off a fantastic dinner.

Pair this bread with other dishes accordingly: For breakfast or brunch, serve with a side of scrambled eggs, quiche, hash browns, fruit salad, and any other brunch favorites. For lunch, serve with soup or salad. Plate it up as an appetizer or side dish for dinner, pairing it with crudité or a charcuterie board, or with a hot spinach or artichoke dip as a first course. For the main course, set the bread on the table for everyone to grab a slice, whether you're serving chili, soup, stew, barbecue, or roast chicken. It also lends a festive touch to a classic holiday meal.

Can You Prepare Twice-Baked Bacon And Cheddar Bread Ahead?

Slice of bacon Cheddar bread on plate
Slice of bacon Cheddar bread on plate - Katie Rosenhouse/Tasting Table

This bread can be prepped ahead and baked fresh when you're ready to serve it. To make this twice-baked bread in advance, prepare as directed through Step 10. Cover and refrigerate overnight (the bread will rise slowly in the refrigerator as it sits). Bring the loaf to room temperature, then proceed with Step 12 as directed. The slow fermentation that occurs in a cold environment extends the rise time while also boosting the flavor and texture of the dough. Who knew that having a dough work around your schedule could actually improve it?

If you won't have quite enough room in your oven on the day of serving, cut the bake time down by preparing the bread through Step 14. Let it cool completely on a wire rack, then wrap tightly and store at room temperature for up to 2 days. Proceed with stuffing and baking the bread on the day of serving as directed.

Twice-Baked Bacon And Cheddar Bread Recipe

Sliced twice-baked bacon and cheddar bread
Sliced twice-baked bacon and cheddar bread - Katie Rosenhouse/Tasting Table

Prep Time: 2h 30mCook Time: 45mYield: 16 servingsIngredients

  • 1 cup lukewarm milk

  • 1 (¼-ounce) package instant yeast

  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

  • 3 ¾ cups bread flour

  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt

  • ¼ cup cubed unsalted butter, softened

  • ½ pound bacon, cooked and roughly chopped

  • ½ pound sharp cheddar cheese, grated

  • ¼ cup sliced green onions

  • ½ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted

Optional Ingredients

  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • Flaky sea salt

Directions

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a hook attachment, stir to combine milk, yeast, and sugar.

  2. Add flour and salt, and knead on low to medium speed until a dough forms, 2–3 minutes.

  3. Kneading on low to medium speed, add a few cubes of butter at a time, waiting until each round is absorbed by the dough before adding more, until all butter has been added.

  4. Continue to knead for 5–6 minutes, until the dough is smooth.

  5. Remove the bowl from the mixer, cover with plastic wrap or a tea towel, and set aside to rise until doubled in size, 1–1 ½ hours.

  6. Spray to coat a bundt or tube pan with baking (or cooking) spray.

  7. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface.

  8. Roll out into a 12-inch square.

  9. Cut the dough into 16 (somewhat even) squares.

  10. Stack squares of dough into the prepared pan.

  11. Cover and set aside to rise until the dough is puffed and marshmallowy, 45 minutes to 1 hour.

  12. While the dough rises, preheat the oven to 375 F.

  13. Bake for 25–30 minutes, until golden brown.

  14. Let cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then turn out onto the rack and let stand until cool enough to handle.

  15. Return the bread to the pan, then gently pull the top of each portion of bread apart to make it easy to fill.

  16. Stuff each portion of bread evenly with bacon and cheese.

  17. Sprinkle evenly with green onion and black pepper. Sprinkle on cayenne pepper, if desired.

  18. Drizzle the top of the bread evenly with melted butter.

  19. Cover with foil and bake for 10 minutes, then remove the foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes.

  20. Transfer to a serving platter and serve immediately. Garnish with flaky sea salt while hot, if desired.

Read the original article on Tasting Table.