Bacon, Herb & Cheese Snack Bread
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12 to 16
A cheesy snack bread with bacon, salami or green chilies as the topping.
4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 envelopes Fleischmann's® RapidRise Yeast
1-1/2 tsp Spice Islands® Italian Herb Seasoning
1-1/4 tsp salt
1 clove garlic, minced
1-1/4 cups water
1/4 cup Mazola® Vegetable Plus! Oil
8 oz (2 cups) shredded cheese blend (cheddar jack, cheddar mozzarella, etc...)
6 - 8 slices cooked bacon, coarsely chopped
Replace bacon with 1-1/2 ounces thinly sliced salami.
Omit bacon and top with 1 jar (4.5-ounces) diced green chilies, drained, and 1 jar (2 ounces) diced pimientos, drained.
1. Combine 1-1/2 cups flour, undissolved yeast, Italian herb seasoning, salt and garlic in a large mixer bowl. Heat water and oil until very warm (120° to 130°F); gradually add to flour mixture. Beat 2 minutes at medium speed of electric mixer, scraping bowl occasionally. Add eggs and 1 cup flour; beat 2 minutes at high speed. Stir in 1 cup cheese and remaining flour to make a stiff batter. Spread batter on greased 15 x 10-inch jelly roll pan or rimmed baking sheet with at least 1-inch sides. Sprinkle with remaining cheese; top with bacon. Cover; let rise in warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 30 minutes.
2. Bake at 375ºF for 25 to 30 minutes or until done. Cover loosely with foil during last 5 to 10 minutes of baking if cheese begins to overbrown. Remove from pan; cool on wire rack. Serve as strips or squares, or slice and use for sandwiches.