Cheddar Bacon Quick Bread

It’s been so long since I’ve posted last that I actually feel refreshed and energized to get back into the swing of things. Around my neck of the woods the weather has really cooled down and Fall is definitely around the corner. My kids pointed out yesterday the leaves are changing on the trees…..arrgghhh! But, with Fall comes comfort foods like soups, casseroles, turkey dinners and, of course, homemade bread. This Cheddar Bacon Quick Bread takes no time to mix together and bakes up nice and moist!

Cheddar Bacon Quick Bread | A Sweet Baker

For me there’s nothing better than warm bread out of the oven slathered with butter.  I’m the type of person that can’t wait for the bread to cool down.  I have to slice off the end of the bread and eat it right away.  I’m also the type of person who won’t let anyone else do it, though!  Hey, if I made it I get first dibs!

Cheddar Bacon Quick Bread | A Sweet Baker

For this bread I really find that the type of cheese you use makes all the difference.  The original recipe called for Colby cheese but I wanted a cheese that had a strong flavor so that you could really taste it in the bread.  I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Gay Lea Foods makes their own line of hard cheeses called Ivanhoe Cheese.  I used the Old Sharpe Cheddar because I knew the robust flavour and velvety-smooth texture would pair well with the bacon.

Cheddar Bacon Quick Bread | A Sweet Baker

While this bread was baking it smelled up the whole house and my two boys couldn’t wait for me to take it out of the oven.  I actually held back and waited for this bread to cool down for about an hour before I sliced into it.  I even left the house so there was no temptation to cut into it while it was hot.  If I had to wait so did everyone else!

Cheddar Bacon Quick Bread | A Sweet Baker

Speaking of waiting, I could wait a little bit longer for school to arrive.  Our kids start this coming Tuesday and I feel summer went by way too fast.  There’s still stuff on our do-list that I haven’t checked off.  Either way, this bread would make some pretty awesome sandwiches or a tasty snack for some hungry back-to-school kids.  I promise!

Cheddar Bacon Quick Bread

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 1 loaf

A moist, delicious bread perfect for those back-to-school sandwiches or an after-school snack.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt (or omit if your bacon is really salty)
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups Ivanhoe Old Shape Cheddar cheese, shredded (about 1/2 lb.)
  • 8-10 slices of cooked bacon, chopped

Instructions

Begin by baking/frying your bacon as you normally would, transfer to a paper towel-lined plate, let cool and then chop.
Preheat oven to 350 F and grease a 9"X5" loaf pan with butter and set aside.
In a medium sized mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and pepper.
In a small bowl whisk together milk, olive oil and egg. Slowly add wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, stirring until just combined.
Gently fold in the shredded cheese and bacon. Pour mixture into prepared loaf pan, evening out the batter with the back of the spoon.
Bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
Remove from oven and let cool for about 15 minutes, then remove from pan to cool completely.
Enjoy!
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Recipe adapted from Oprah

 

“Disclosure: I am part of the Gay Lea Ambassador Program with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.”

 

 

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