Grandma’s Cheese and Bacon Bread & I am Co-Hosting FF #68!

Grandma’s Cheese and Bacon Bread & I am Co-Hosting FF #68!

Ok, so Angie who hosts Fiesta Friday must have gone completely bonkers, because she has asked me for a second time to co-host her lovely Fiesta Friday party!!!  Last time I hosted this with Mr Fritz and we had looooaaads of fun, got a few people in to trouble me thinks…coughs…looks innocent…points a finger at Mr Fritz!! Looks innocent again.

This time I am co-hosting it with the lovely Jhuls from The Not So Creative Cook, this time I promise to behave, to be courteous, not to say anything out of fashion, crude nor unwanted 😀  So grab your plates, grab some food, fill yer glasses with fizzy stuff or whatever takes your fancy, blog hop, say hi and have some fun!  I will popping by here and now just to make sure everyone is behaving of course, but please do not ask me for culinary tips, just because I am co-hosting doesn’t mean I can cook!!!  Grinzzz…

Let’s party at Fiesta Friday #68 woohooo it’s going to be fun!

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Now on to serious stuff….Grandma’s Bread!!!

Now there has always been one thing that frightened me and that was baking bread.  I used to be frightened of anything to do with baking cakes or sweet things, I am no expert but have managed to overcome this and enjoy making many sweet mistakes in the kitchen.  However, bread making I would admire from afar and think “oh my I wish I could do that”.

There is just something magical about being able to bake one’s own loaf and clever too!  That smell, nothing quite beats it and the freshness, one cannot replicate from a shop.

So I thought I would try  my hand at a Grandma’s Recipe (not my Grandma however).

You know what I did?

I was so consumed by trying to get it right that well, ok don’t laugh, I forgot to put the yeast in.  Yup, omg, how stupid is that, the one thing that makes or breaks baking bread.  I realized this AFTER the two hours it had sat and was nearly ready to go in the oven.  So I added the yeast, it was hard to do at this stage once the dough had formed, but me and my eldest son worked and worked at it, I hear experienced bread makers wincing at this point.  Then yes I thought “this has been so much hard work, I am putting it in the oven and seeing what happens anyway”.

That is what I did folks and this is what came out.  It wasn’t perfect by any stretch, right in the middle wasn’t quite how it should be, but the rest was fine and in fact the family ate all of it and asked for more LOL.

Next time I WILL remember the yeast!

Cheese & Bacon Bread

Makes 1 loaf

Preparation time 2 hrs 30 mins

Cooking Time 35 mins


  • 400g/14oz strong white bread flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1/2 tsp easy blend dried yeast
  • 1 tbsp caster (superfine) sugar
  • 100g/3`1/2 oz streaky bacon, chopped
  • 100g/3 1/2 oz cheddar, grated
  • a small bunch of chives, chopped

Preparation Method

  • Mix together the flour, yeast, sugar and salt.  Stir the bacon, cheese and chives into 280ml/9 1/2fl.oz/1cup warm water and stir into the dry ingredients.
  • Knead the mixture on a lightly oiled surface for 10 minutes or until the dough is smooth and elastic.  Leave the dough to rest in a lightly oiled bowl, covered with oiled cling film, for 1-2 hours or until doubled in size.
  • Knead the dough for 2 more minutes then roll it into a fat sausage.  Turn it 90 degrees and roll it tightly the other way then tuck the ends under and transfer the dough to a lined baking tray, keeping the seam underneath.  Cover the dough loosely with oiled cling film and leave to prove for 45 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 220 degrees C (200 degrees C Fan)/ 430 F/ gas 7
  • Transfer the tray to the top shelf on the oven.  Bake for 35 minutes or until the underneath sounds hollow when tapped.  Leave to cool on a wire rack before slicing.

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  37 comments for “Grandma’s Cheese and Bacon Bread & I am Co-Hosting FF #68!

  1. Stephanie @ The Cozy Cook
    May 15, 2015 at 2:37 PM

    Bread that has BACON and CHEESE?!!?!?!? Whoa. I just… I’m nearly speechless!!! This is a genius recipe that I’m definitely going to have to try…wow! Thanks for sharing it and for co-hosting Fiesta Friday!

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    • May 15, 2015 at 2:59 PM

      haha your funny, made me laugh. You should try it, please let me know if you do and don’t forget the yeast like i did lol x


  2. May 15, 2015 at 4:06 PM

    Hilarious post! You should consider having a new cooking blog with your experiences. It’s absolutely fab.

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    • May 15, 2015 at 5:40 PM

      hah thank you, can you believe seriously that I forgot the yeast? slaps my head


  3. May 15, 2015 at 5:15 PM

    Looks delicious!

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  4. May 15, 2015 at 9:40 PM

    Oh, this looks so delicious, Justine! I could devour the whole loaf on my own, I’m sure! Thanks so much for co-hosting! We do appreciate it, you know!

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  5. May 15, 2015 at 9:45 PM

    What a good looking bread Justine. I can’t believe you left out the yeast and look at the outcome – delicious and pretty too 🙂 Thanks for co-hosting this week – looks like you are behaving, so far!

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    • May 16, 2015 at 10:34 AM

      haha yes well i added it in late, it did effect it but not as ddrastically as i thought thank goodness x


  6. May 15, 2015 at 9:50 PM

    Mouth watering!

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  7. May 15, 2015 at 10:14 PM

    This cheese and bacon bread sounds so incredibly good–you can’t go wrong with cheese and bacon! 🙂

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    • May 16, 2015 at 10:33 AM

      oh you can when you forget the yeast lolol….but only i could do that x


  8. May 16, 2015 at 2:31 AM

    Sounds so delicious! And, ahaha, I’ve forgotten to add yeast to a bread I was making as well…it does happen sometimes!

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  9. May 16, 2015 at 6:03 AM

    How come you forgot the yeast? But wow! The bread looks fabulous still. This post is really funny – I hope we don’t end up pointing fingers at each other at who’s responsible to breaking glasses or spilling drinks. I guess I heard somebody saying that the whole pan of dessert was gone – is it both of us? I can’t remember. Ssshhh! It’s so fun co-hosting with you, Justine. Till next time?? 😀

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    • May 16, 2015 at 10:32 AM

      Oh you know me i just got over excited!!!! Now did you smash any glasses, did you give everyone bubbly whilst I was alseep? I am afraid I made a picture of someones post it was so beautiful and threatened to lick it every day as it looks so delicious, weird I know!! x


      • May 16, 2015 at 10:34 AM

        Haha! Don’t worry, forgetting the yeast is understandable. 😀 And nothing is weird when it comes to us. 😛

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  10. May 16, 2015 at 10:52 AM

    I don’t know what I like more, your sense of humor or this delicious bread! You did a fabulous job co-hosting, FF is such a fun place to meet so many great new friends and bloggers! And now on to this bread, because I swear I can smell it all the way over here! And if it’s from grandma, you know it’s gotta be good!


    • May 16, 2015 at 11:14 AM

      haha yes Grandmas are the best right? I know I get terribly excited and well just forgot the yeast, it was a real smack my forehead moment coupled with that cold fear and panic that I had just completely ruined all the hard work that my eldest son had done kneading the dough lol! He would never have let me live to tell the tale…but it was good and I love that smell! x

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  11. May 16, 2015 at 4:32 PM

    I think this bread looks and sounds delicious! I’ve tried to tackle the artisan bread and it looks like you did it accidentally?

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  12. May 16, 2015 at 8:25 PM

    Hi Justine, the bread looks beautiful and so flavorful with the cheese and bacon. I will definitely have a few slice with the kolbassa – yum!

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    • May 18, 2015 at 5:28 PM

      awe sounds excellent, glad you like the idea. I hope you had a fab weekend x


  13. May 16, 2015 at 10:06 PM

    That sounds exactly like something I would do! The bread looks like it came out well nonetheless. Thank you so much for co-hosting FF, it’s one of my favorite events! Have a fantastic weekend too! 😀

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  14. May 17, 2015 at 7:37 AM

    Haha.. You can be serious.. I mean seriously you forgot to add yeast!!! But still you have a fabulous bread..

    Thanks for co-hosting FF!! Enjoyed it.. 🙂

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  15. May 17, 2015 at 10:45 PM

    Justine – you amaze me! I can’t believe that you got bread like that when you added the yeast in at the last minute – you will be starting a trend if you are not careful! Thanks for co-hosting and Happy Fiesta Friday!

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    • May 18, 2015 at 5:26 PM

      haha i know a miracle, but so much hard work had gone in to it i had to give it a try i think I would have eaten the dough otherwise lol. x

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  16. May 18, 2015 at 8:09 AM

    Love the ingredients in this bread and it came out looking wonderful!!! Despite the slight yeast incident, which appears to be totally unimportant! 🙂 Thank you for sharing this great recipe! Have never made a bread like this and now feeling inspired! 🙂 Happy FF and continued hosting! 🙂

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  17. May 18, 2015 at 7:57 PM

    Will do! 🙂 x

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  18. May 19, 2015 at 10:38 PM

    How lovely! I’m glad you’re co-hosting, and that all looks delish!

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