Bacon Cheddar Cheese Bread

 When I was in England last Fall I fell in love.

Back Bacon  

Not with a person, or even the land or the culture, however fantastic they all are.  No, I fell in love with the bacon.  In England they serve, almost exclusively, back bacon.  If you have never had this kind of bacon before it is a  glorious mix of lean meat, similar to Canadian Bacon, with a streaky tail, similar to our bacon in the US.  It is nothing short of a miracle, and I am so unhappy that the only way I can get this bacon in Texas is by ordering it from British expat food shops at a premium price.

Fresh from the Oven 

Of course, my love knows no bounds and what are a few dollars compared to the comfort of a well cooked, meaty rasher of bacon?   So, I have a few packs stored in my freezer awaiting their weekend to be fried and eaten, and while I have enjoyed this singular way of eating back bacon, I secretly craved something different.  

Bacon Cheddar Bread 

Last year I received The Bacon Cookbook by James Villas.  As the name implies, this book is about cooking with bacon and it even has a section with bacon desserts (which, of the ones I have tried, are quite good!).  I found myself flipping through this book one Saturday when I found his recipe for English Bacon and Cheddar Bread.  This recipe used back bacon, which is fried and chopped, mixed in the bread itself.  Of course, I had to make it.

I did modify the recipe slightly by mixing the all-purpose flour with some whole wheat graham flour for a hearty texture and nutty flavor.  I also replaced some of the regular milk with buttermilk because (shameful as it is) I ran out of regular milk!  Oops.

 Bacon Cheddar Bread Sliced

While the bread baked the house smelled like bacon mixed with Irish soda bread.   When sliced it had a tight knit crumb studded with bacon and streaked with cheddar cheese.   The flavor had the right mixture of tangy cheese and salty bacon.

Bacon Cheddar Bread Crumb

You can, of course, make this with out back bacon.  Just use 6oz of Canadian bacon and 2 oz of regular streaky bacon chopped and fried together in a pan.  That should replicate the back bacon fairly well.

You really must try this!

Bacon Bread Fixins' 

Bacon Cheddar Cheese Bread   Yield 1 – 10″ loaf
Adapted from The Bacon Cookbook

1/2 pound back bacon (or 6oz Canadian bacon and 2 oz thick cut streaky bacon)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 whole wheat graham flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup coarse grated extra-sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 cup lard
2 tablespoons sugar
2 large eggs, beaten
1/2 cup whole milk
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Heat the oven to 350 F and spray a 10″ loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray.

Back Bacon - Cooked Chopped Back Bacon

Cook the bacon in a skillet until crisp.  Drain on paper towels then chop into small pieces.  Set aside.

Cheese and Dry Ingredients Cheese and Dry Ingredients mixed

In a large bowl combine the flours, salt, baking powder, and sugar.   Add the lard and, with your hands, mix it into the four until it looks like coarse sand.  Add the cheese and toss to combine.

Wet Ingredients CHopped Bacon and Bread Dough

In another bowl mix the eggs, milk, buttermilk, and Worcestershire sauce.   Pour the wet over the dry and mix until the dry ingredients are almost incorporated.  Add the bacon and fold in, making sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl.  Do not overmix.

Bread - Ready to Bake 

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until the top of the bread is lightly brown and a thin knife inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean.

Fresh from the Oven   

Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn out on a wire rack to cool. 

Bacon Cheddar Bread  

Serve slightly warm, with Irish butter if you can find it.  (I recommend Kerrygold).

Bacon Cheddar Bread Buttered

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Author: Kelly

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  • this looks awesome!!

  • Oh Yum! Must try!

  • I’ve made something like this before, with cheese and bacon, except I added caramelized onions and also added BEER!

  • A fellow lover of back bacon here. Have you tried ordering from the Grateful Palate? It’s not cheap, but I got my grandfather some of their artisan bacon for Christmas and he loved it.

  • Kelly

    Sophia – Beer sounds like it would be really good in a bread like this! Yum!

    Kate – I have not, but I will check it out! Thanks for the tip!

  • Mmmmmm… bacon! It has to be good!

  • Looks wonderful with bacon and cheddar!

  • A nice little slice of this would be perfect with the vegetable soup I’m about to have!

  • Bacon cheddar and bread… what more could you ask for. Delish!!

  • Mmmm, sounds amazing… I definitely want to make this!

  • Wow, what a bread! Great creation!

  • Oh my arteries, I want this! My bf is from Scotland and would just die if I made it. The bacon there is amazing too.

  • Kelly

    Deelish Dish – Once you have had it you remember it always! 😉

  • Bread, cheese, and bacon is the culinary trifecta!!

  • Oh that looks beyond delicious, wrong to have come across this while I’m starving. Bacon and cheese, how can you go wrong!

  • Jim Roe

    Would someone please convert this recipe for use in a bread making machine?
    I am skilled in eating, not baking.

  • Kelly

    I would not suggest making this by machine because you do not want to overmix the bread. Think of it like a biscuit … treat it gently and you will be greatly rewarded.

  • Looks to be quite a decent loaf and very well presented, not to sure about yellow cheddar, but i love the combo of cheddar and cooked bacon lovely thx 4 sharing

  • I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.



  • Wow! You make cooking so beautiful!

    Thanks for sharing.


  • Dear kelly!
    Holy macaroni! I’m impressed!
    Great idea! As the Missus often cooks bread and badgers me about what she should include in it, you gave me THE idea!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  • This bread sounds so good!

  • That’s a ridiculously awesome bread. Yum!

  • Oh. oh my. Carbs, cheese, and bacon? You just need to add beer and I think I could be in heaven. Do you get Vosges chocolate in TX? I’m not sure if it’s a Chicago thing or not but you can buy bars of Chocolate Bacon. Maybe the second best Christmas gift I’ve ever received.

  • I think I just gained a pound just by looking at the photos of this bread! Man does that look good!

  • rilleats


  • I was really happy with the cheese/herb loaf I baked the other day, but the addition of bacon! I even made grilled cheese sandwiches with bacon with the bread, but I didn’t put it in and now I want to.

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  • Well, that certainly looks gorgeous, but I’m English myself and I’m not sure which part of this is particularly English… But no matter I’ll make it myself and let you know how it went!

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