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Bacon-Cheddar Grits Bread

Bacon-Cheddar Grits Bread

We added some of our own twists to reader Catherine Boettner's flavorful recipe.

Southern Living APRIL 2005

  • Yield: Makes 3 loaves
  • Cook time:10 Minutes
  • Prep time:15 Minutes
  • Stand:30 Minutes
  • Rise:1 Hour, 45 Minutes
  • Bake:40 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups milk
  • 3/4 cup quick-cooking grits, uncooked
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 (10-ounce) block white Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup warm water (100° to 110°)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 (1/4-ounce) envelopes rapid-rise yeast
  • 5 to 6 cups bread flour
  • 1/2 cup cooked, crumbled bacon
  • 3/4 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

Preparation

Bring milk to a boil in a large sauce-pan over medium heat; stir in grits, and cook, stirring often, 5 minutes (mixture will be very thick). Remove from heat; add salt and cheese, stirring until cheese is melted. Let stand 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Combine 1 cup warm water, sugar, and yeast in the mixing bowl of a heavy-duty stand mixer; let stand 5 minutes. Add grits mixture, beating at medium-low speed with the dough hook attachment until well blended.

Add 4 cups flour, 1 cup at a time, beating until blended after each addition and stopping to scrape down sides as necessary. Gradually add enough flour to make a stiff but slightly sticky dough. Dough will form a ball around mixer attachment.

Shape dough into a ball with well-floured hands, and place in a well- greased bowl, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in bulk.

Punch dough down, and divide into thirds; roll each third into a 14- x 9-inch rectangle on a lightly floured surface. Sprinkle each dough rectangle evenly with bacon and 3/4 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese. Roll up, jelly-roll fashion, starting with each short side and ending at middle of dough; form 2 rolls per loaf. Place into lightly greased 9- x 5-inch loafpans; cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 45 minutes or until doubled in bulk.

Bake at 350° for 35 to 40 minutes or until golden. Let bread cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes. Remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks.

Note: For testing purposes only, we used Cracker Barrel Vermont Sharp White Cheddar.

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