Bacon & Caraway Crusty Bread

Rose Mary Mogan

By
@cookinginillinois

I got the inspiration to make this bread from a recipe in a cookbook called "The Complete Book of Irish Country Cooking" by Darina Allen.

In my recipe I added some extra ingredients like the Bacon and an egg, and omitted others like the salt, because of the added bacon, I also increased the flour amount because I used a winter Wheat flour which is lighter than traditional All purpose flour.

The results was AWESOME, & VERY TASTY AND FLAVORFUL FROM THE ADDITION OF THE REAL BACON BITS.
I knew it would compliment the hearty Beef Stew that I had just made using left over Sirloin Tip Roast.


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Comments:

Serves:

6 or more depending on portion size

Prep:

20 Min

Cook:

45 Min

Method:

Bake

Ingredients

4 1/2 c
white lily all purpose flour (omit 1/2 cup if not using white lily)
6 Tbsp
butter, softened to room temperature
11/2-1 3/4 c
buttermilk
2 Tbsp
sugar
1 tsp
baking soda
2 tsp
caraway seeds
1 pkg
real bacon bits (2 1/2 ounce)
non stick cooking spray (butter flavor)
1 large
egg, room temperature

Directions Step-By-Step

1
PLEASE NOTE: The ingredients used in this recipe are WHAT I CHOSE TO USED to create this bread, it is DIFFERENT from the ORIGINAL recipe. In lieu of a blender or mixer, I used my hands, like my mama always made her biscuits. But use what you like. If you are NOT USING WHITE LILY FLOUR OMIT THE ADDITIONAL 1/2 CUP OF FLOUR.
2
PREHEAT OVEN TO 450 DEGREES F. In a large mixing bowl add the flour, baking soda, sugar and caraway seeds. Make a well in the center of the flour.
3
Add the softened butter, buttermilk, egg, & bacon bits. Then blend with hand or mixer until dough comes together. Shaping into a ball as you go. I show the whole stick but I used 6 Tablespoons.
4
Spray a large baking pan or skillet with non stick spray & set aside till needed.
I kneaded the bread dough IN THE PAN & shaped it into a large ball, YOU CAN ADD FLOUR TO THE COUNTER & DO THE SAME THING, then placed it on the prepared baking sheet.
5
Make a deep cross or plus sign in the bread, beginning from one side and going to the other,[THIS ALLOWS THE STEAM TO ESCAPE AS IT BAKES] then spray top with non stick cooking spray, I used Butter flavored cooking spray.
6
Place in preheated 450 degrees F. oven and bake for 15 minutes, then REDUCE TEMPERATURE TO 400 DEGREES F. and continue baking for an additional 30 minutes, or until bread sounds hallow when tapped on the bottom. Remove from oven.
7
Slice as desired. I chose to use an ELECTRIC KNIFE FOR EASIER SLICING. ADD BUTTER IF DESIRED & ENJOY.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Savory Breads, Other Breads
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: Irish
Other Tag: Quick & Easy