If you have ever had a warm Asiago cheese bagel from Panera Bread you are going to fall in love with this Breakfast Bread from Fleishmann's. Crumbled bacon and two kinds of cheese are baked into this pan yeast bread. The recipe was written for dutch oven cooking. This is basically a yeast version of a quick bread, once you mix the batter all you have to do is spread it in your dutch oven, wait for it to rise and bake. Mine baked in a 10 inch oven with 10 coals in a ring around the bottom and 18-20 on the lid. I got caught in a rain shower so had to stand over it with an umbrella while I was waiting for the cheese to melt. It was well worth waiting in the cold dampness, I was duly rewarded with a big slice of this warm, cheesy bread. For being loaded with cheese and bacon it is surprisingly light. A bread you may not want to eat every day but if you're in the mood to splurge on something scrumptious, give this one a try.
Asiago Bacon Breakfast Bread
1/3 cup milk
1/3 cup water
2 Tblsp butter OR margarine
1 envelope Fleischmann's® Active Dry Yeast
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tblsp sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1-1/4 cups (5 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup grated Asiago cheese
10 to 12 strips cooked bacon, crumbled (about 1 cup)
1 Tblsp chives or sliced scallions
Lightly oil or spray a 10 inch dutch oven.
Heat milk, water and butter until warm (100-110 degrees).
Pour into large mixing bowl and add yeast; stir and let rest for 5 minutes.
Beat in eggs.
Combine flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Add to liquid mixture and beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.
Combine cheddar cheese, Asiago cheese, bacon and chives in a bowl. Reserve one third; stir remaining cheese mixture into batter.
Pour into prepared dutch oven. Cover and let rise 40-50 minutes or until doubled in size.
Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.
Sprinkle remaining cheese mixture over bread. Cover and continue cooking for 5-10 minutes until well brown and bread is done.
|Spread batter in bottom of dutch oven and wait 40-50 minutes or until doubled|