Photo: Alison Miksch; Styling: Lydia Degaris Pursell
Hands-on Time
25 Mins
Total Time
2 Hours
Makes 1 loaf

Try this bread sandwiched with ham and apple slices, or cut it into cubes and toast it to make croutons for salads and soups.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°. Whisk together flour and next 3 ingredients in a large bowl until thoroughly combined. Stir together bacon and next 4 ingredients in a medium bowl. Whisk together eggs, milk, and oil in a small bowl.

Step 2

Add egg mixture to flour mixture, and stir just until dry ingredients are moistened; stir in bacon mixture just until incorporated. Transfer dough to a greased (with shortening) and floured 8 1/2- x 4 1/2-inch loaf pan.

Step 3

Bake at 350° for 55 minutes to 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, shielding bread with aluminum foil after 40 to 45 minutes to prevent excessive browning. Cool bread in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes. Remove from pan, and cool 30 minutes before slicing.

Ratings & Reviews

Don't understand the negative reviews...

September 28, 2016
I make this bread all the time and love it.  I've never had it turn out dry and the flavors all mix together nicely.  It's great with soups or toasted with butter.  Try using buttermilk to keep it moist and a metal loaf pan to make it crusty and maybe you'll like it better.  


September 10, 2016
Suggestions:Would be better without Rosemary Add brown sugar, nutmeg and vanillaUse a sweeter apple such as honey crisp or red deliciousI was very disappointed with the recipe

Not good

November 23, 2015
Thought the recipe sounded great, but it was very disappointing.  Not much flavor and dry. I thought I must have missed something in recipe or something was left out of recipe, but I guess not.  Threw it away after one slice. Lesson learned, read the reviews before trying the recipe.

Disappointing results

November 16, 2015
Reading the ingredients I thought this would be a winner.  Unfortunately, these did not come together well. No cheesy or apple taste.  The bacon gave it a strange texture. The rosemary was over powering.Like others mind went into the garbage.

Pretty Bland

October 25, 2015
I was very excited about this recipe when it came out in the September issue. I was disappointed to find that it was very bland despite all of the ingredients in it. It was also a little on the dry side. I had to throw most of the loaf away since no one in my family would eat it after their initial try.

Apple cheddar bread very good

September 30, 2015
I made it this morning and thought it was very good.  I did add some dried cranberries and used sugar glazed pecans instead of toasted pecans.  I did not add rosemary because I do not care for the flavor of it. This is not a sweet bread, and would be good served warm with soup, as a snack or at breakfast with scrambled eggs. 

Don't bother.

September 14, 2015
Don't waste your time or money. Made this today, followed directions and ingredient list exactly. It was terrible.