Breads, Yeast Breads

Bacon Cheddar Pull-Apart Bread

Oh, help me!  I am home alone, it’s dinner time, I’m starving and I just pulled this bread out of the oven.  I could eat the whole thing myself!  Where is the Fam when I need them?

1/4 cup warm water (about 110°)
2¼ tsp dry yeast (1 pkg)
2 tsp sugar
1 cup warm water
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp season salt
1 Tbl oil
3 cups flour
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup bacon bits
1½ cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

In small bowl, sprinkle yeast into the 1/4 cup warm water and sprinkle sugar over yeast.  In large bowl (I use a Kitchen Aid mixer), combine the 1 cup warm water, salt, season salt, oil,  and 1 cup of the flour.  Mix until smooth.  Add the yeast, mix well.  Add remaining flour.  Knead. Turn into greased bowl, cover and let rise until double about 1 hour.  Punch down.  Divide dough in half, then each half in half.  Keep dividing each piece in half until you have 32 pieces.

Spray bundt pan with non-stick spray. Drizzle small amount of melted butter in bundt. Place 10 dough pieces around in bottom, sprinkle almost half the cheese, almost half the bacon bits. Place about 14 more dough pieces and sprinkle with about half of the remaining cheese and bacon bits, drizzle with about half the remaining butter. Add remaining dough pieces and sprinkle with remaining cheese and bacon, drizzle remaining butter. This is a work of art, arrange how you want.;0) Let rise 30-40 minutes.

Bake in preheated 350° oven for 25 minutes.  Cover with foil after first 15 minutes to keep from getting too brown.  Cool in pan about 5 minutes.  Invert on plate.

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