This weekend was my birthday and as a special treat, my partner Chris made Bacon Bread. This is probably THE most enjoyed bread in our house – not just within the family, but with our friendship group too. In honour of this, I thought I would share the recipe with you today, so you can give it a go yourself!
400g strong white flour
7g sachet fast-action yeast
1 tsp salt
4 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped and fried
2 rashers bacon (chopped and friend) – though we add a whole packet!
sea salt, for sprinkling
1. Make the Dough
Mix 200g flour with the yeast and 150ml water, and beat to a thick batter for 3 mins. Leave to rise and then fall (3-4 hours). Add the rest of the flour, salt, water and oil, and mix well. Turn onto a lightly floured work surface and knead to a smooth dough. Put back in the bowl to rise for a further 1 hour, until doubled in size.
2. Knead and shape
Line 3 baking sheets with baking parchment. Knock back the dough; knead to incorporate the onion and bacon. Divide the dough into 3, flatten each to about 2.5cm high and shape into circles. Put on baking sheets. Brush with oil, sprinkle with sea salt and leave for 1 hour more to prove, until double in size.
Turn oven to fan 210 C (conventional 230) or gas mark 8 and bake for 15 minutes, until golden.
Sadly the preparation of the bread takes AGES, so I’ve been looking at Panasonic Bread Makers to buy and hopefully speed up the process! I’m sure it will take a bit of trial and error but it would be worth it to have a quicker way to make this bread. Let me know if you give it a go, especially in a bread maker!
This is a collaborative post.