Looking for a fun homemade bread? Try adding crispy bacon and melty cheese! This Bacon Cheddar Pull Apart Bread not only smells great, but it tastes even better!
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However, we’ve tried to make the best out of our summer together. Laura and I have had the chance to drink a cup of coffee together on the porch each morning. That never happened before. And I bought a chainsaw. (!) We have a lot of trees and green space around our property, but it was sorely in need of cleaning up. We cleaned up a bunch of smaller trees along with a number of dead trees. The backyard looks amazing now! We built a permanent fire pit, too. Note that the fire pit and the removal of dead trees are closely connected. Oh, and we adopted two puppies.
That’s right. Two puppies. Laura and I have always been “dog people,” and our previous two dogs both crossed the Rainbow Bridge in recent years. It was always our plan to adopt a new puppy in the spring. (After all, house-training a puppy in the winter in upstate New York sounds pretty terrible.) In a way, the quarantining actually worked out well for us since we’ve been at home to help train our pups.
Edith and Millie are both chihuahua mixes that we adopted through Southern Paws, a non-profit dog rescue organization based in New Jersey. They have relationships with a number of shelters throughout the South, and they transport dogs up to the northeastern states. Apparently there is a surplus of dogs in the South who need to find their forever homes. I can’t say enough good things about the folks who run Southern Paws. If you know anyone within a couple of hours of northern New Jersey who is looking for a dog, then check out this organization!
Edith and Millie both came to us from Mississippi, although they came from different shelters about 45 minutes apart. They met for the first time in my arms when we drove down and picked them up. The past several months have been wild. It’s been great having dogs in the house again, although I do miss my sleep. Robbie is at the perfect age, and I’ve always said that a boy needs a dog…or in our case, two dogs.
Bacon Cheddar Pull Apart Bread
I know you didn’t come here in read about our puppies, though. I baited you with photos of this Bacon Cheddar Pull Apart Bread, so let’s get to it! Pull-apart breads are always a party pleaser no matter what fillings you use. However, when that pull-apart bread is loaded with crispy bacon, melty cheese and green onions? Well, let’s just say that you won’t have to worry about leftovers of this one!
This Bacon Cheddar Pull Apart Bread does involve making your own bread. I know bread baking has been a favorite quarantine activity for many folks, so perhaps you’ve already discovered the wonders of baking of your own bread. If you haven’t jumped into the world of homemade breads, then this Bacon Cheddar Pull Apart Bread is a pretty darned good excuse to start!
Aside from making the bread dough (which really isn’t hard), this recipe is fairly straightforward. You essentially roll the dough out into a large rectangle, then cut it into a bunch of smaller rectangles. Spread the bacon, cheese and green onions evenly on top and then stack the pieces of dough up. Those stacks get turned on their side into a bread pan and that’s it. Let it rise for 45 minutes, then bake it up. The hardest part will be waiting for the bread to cool off enough to peel off slices. (A slice or two might’ve disappeared while I was taking these photos. It happens.)
I do hope you get a chance to bake a loaf of this Bacon Cheddar Pull Apart Bread. And if you have a dog? Be prepared to have the dog(s) circling around your feet when this one comes out of the oven – apparently dogs love the smell of homemade bread just as much as humans do!
Did you bake a loaf of this Bacon Cheddar Pull Apart Bread at home? Leave a comment. Or better yet snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog). I’d love to see your version!
Bacon Cheddar Pull Apart Bread
For Bread Dough
For Bread Dough
- Using a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat. Once cooked, pat dry and crumble into smaller pieces; set bacon aside.
- Using a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, add flour, milk, sugar, yeast, parsley, oregano and garlic powder; mix until well combined.
- Add melted butter, eggs and salt; mix until well combined.
- Turn dough out into an oiled bowl, turning once to coat dough with oil. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place (~75°F) for 60 minutes.
- Working on a well-floured surface, roll dough into a 15”x18” rectangle. Using a pizza wheel, cut dough lengthwise into (4) equal strips. Cut each strip widthwise into 5 pieces. (Note: At this point, you should have (20) smaller rectangles.)
- Spread pieces out onto floured surface.
For Cheesy Filling
- Spray a 9”x5” bread pan with nonstick baking spray; set pan aside.
- Brush tops of dough pieces with melted butter. Sprinkle both cheeses and green onions evenly on top of pieces.
- Stack pieces on top of each other. Pick entire stack up and turn it onto its side to fit into prepared loaf pan. (Note: I found it easier to make 3-4 smaller stacks and put them in individually rather than 1 large stack.)
- Cover pan lightly with plastic wrap; set in a warm place for 45 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until top is golden but not browned.
- Let bread cool in pan for 20 minutes before removing and transferring to serving plate.
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