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.”

 

 

Cake Batter Cinnamon Buns

I can never eat too many Cinnamon Buns.  I’m always looking for new ways to make them or new flavours to add to the inside. These Cake Batter Cinnamon Buns added a whole new flavour that made them disappear pretty quick in my house!

Cake Batter Cinnamon Buns | A Sweet Baker

This past weekend was our first long weekend of the summer.  Although it’s not summertime yet, it’s a weekend that most people open their cottages, put their boats in the water, plant their gardens and kick off the nice weather after a long winter.

We spent our weekend installing a railing on our front porch and spent time with family.  The weather was cooperative that we spent most of the weekend outside.   Bar-B-Q’ing and our first outdoor movie on the big screen were some of the highlights for sure!

Cake Batter Cinnamon Buns | A Sweet Baker

The only thing I didn’t get done this weekend was my garden.  I love spending time weeding, planting my flowers and deciding what new plants I want to add.  I only like to plant perennials in my gardens so that I can see them grow year after year.  I do buy annuals for my planters so I can add bursts of color throughout my yard.  We also want to add a vegetable garden this year so I think we better get things planted real soon!

Cake Batter Cinnamon Buns | A Sweet Baker

Once my vegetable garden is planted and ready to harvest, I can’t wait to make some of these things:

If that’s not enough inspiration for you, you can always check out Life Made Delicious.   You won’t be disappointed by the amount of recipes you can find and inspiration for any occasion.    Here’s to the beginning of summer!

Cake Batter Cinnamon Buns
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Serves: 12-16
 
Ingredients
For the Cake Batter Cinnamon Buns:
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 package dry yeast (or 2¼ teaspoons)
  • 4½ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • ½ cup Betty Crocker French Vanilla Cake Mix
  • ½ cup Betty Crocker Rainbow Bit Cake
  • cinnamon
  • sugar
  • sprinkles
For the Cake Batter Glaze:
  • ½ cup Betty Crocker French Vanilla Cake Mix
  • Icing sugar (to taste)
  • 10% cream (add enough to get desired consistency)
  • Sprinkles
Instructions
  1. In a large saucepan, combine milk, oil and sugar, Scald the mixture and let cool for 45-60 mins. Once mixture is lukewarm, add the yeast, stir and let sit for one minute.
  2. Add 4 cups of the flour and stir to combine all ingredients.
  3. Cover tightly with a lid and let sit for one hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 400 F and lightly grease a 9X13 glass baking pan and set aside.
  5. After one hour, whisk together the remaining ½ cup flour, baking soda and baking powder and add to the dough. Mix with your hands to combine.
  6. Sprinkle flour over a clean work surface and roll out dough until you have a long rectangle.
  7. Using a pastry brush, cover the dough with the melted butter.
  8. Sprinkle both cake mixes over top, followed by the cinnamon, sugar and sprinkles.
  9. Starting with the end away from you, roll dough up tightly towards you and pinch ends closed.
  10. Using a sharp knife or unflavoured dental floss, cut dough into 1 - 1½" pieces and lay cut-side down in prepared pan.
  11. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
  12. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
For the Cake Batter Glaze:
  1. In a small bowl, add the cake mix and desired amount of icing sugar.
  2. Slowly add enough cream to get the desired consistency.
  3. Pour over cinnamon buns and then cover with sprinkles.
  4. Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from How Sweet It Is

 

“Disclosure: I am a part of the Life Made Delicious Blogger Program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.”

 

 

Mango Lime Scones

Today I’m guest-blogging over at On Sugar Mountain for my friend Jess!

Jess has an amazing blog where she shares her delicious recipes and gorgeous pictures.  She also has a great sense of humour that comes through in all her stories that she shares with her readers.  I am so happy to be featured over at her blog today that you have to check it out!

Mango Lime Scones | A Sweet Baker

To visit with Jess and get the recipe for these Mango Lime Scones, make sure you visit On Sugar Mountain.

Have an amazing weekend!

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The Easter Bunny is coming this weekend and we’ll be waking up to these Homemade Hot Cross Buns, with Gay Lea butter of course, for breakfast.  Most of my family are not fans of the dried fruit peel that’s normally in Hot Cross Buns so the good thing about making them yourself is that you can add whatever you like!

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Raspberry Orange Pinwheels

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If you’re looking for a quick and delicious treat to enjoy with a hot drink then these Raspberry Orange Pinwheels are the perfect thing for you!  I wanted something to make with raspberry jam (my favorite) inside so when I saw these I knew I had to make them.

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