I have a giveaway for you on this lovely Tuesday morning!
But first, I have to tell you what I did for my first day of freeeeeeeeeedom (aka the day all the kids went to school).
The husband is actually home right now which is a first. I’ve had kids in school for 4 years now and he’s never been home for it. So he was able to walk the kids to their classrooms with me and then we went and sat at Starbucks for coffee. I don’t think I’ve sat down in Starbucks and had coffee in… well, probably since I worked there. In 2006. Then we ended up having froyo for lunch together.
I know this is, like, regular everyday stuff for normal people but I’ve spent a lot of time alone with kids these past few years (thanks deployments!) and it’s weird to be like a real person who gets coffee and is able to hunt for Pyrex without saying “STOP TOUCHING THAT!” over and over again.
Thankfully, the kids all loved their first day and are looking forward to going back today. Fun fact: Fat Baby (who’s not a baby) said his favorite part of the day was “sleep time”.
Did you notice the gorgeous cutting board under this Maple Bacon Bread?
Yeah, that’s the giveaway! Get excited.
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About the bread?
It has maple and bacon so of course it’s delicious! And I love yeast breads that are supposed to be rustic looking because you really don’t have to pay a lot of attention to shaping and slashing and all that. Just form it into a ball and let it do it’s thing.
This loaf would be perfect toasted with jam, great for sandwiches, or just on the side of dinner.
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- 1 1/4 cups lukewarm water
- 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 3 1/4 cups bread flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 pound bacon cooked until crisp, crumbled
- 2 tablespoons bacon fat
(When you cook the bacon, make sure you save 2 tablespoons of the fat.)
In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, stir together water, yeast, and maple syrup. Let sit about 5 minutes, until bubbly. Beat in bread flour and salt until combined. Switch to dough hook and knead until the dough becomes elastic, about 8 minutes.
Transfer to dough to a large mixing bowl sprayed with oil and turn to coat. Cover and let rise until doubled, about an hour.
Turn onto a floured surface and shape into a ball, pinching the bottom together to seal. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350F. Once the dough has doubled, slash the top as desired, and bake until browned, about 35 minutes.
Cool on wire rack completely before slicing and serving.
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This post sponsored by CuttingBoard.com – all opinions are my own.