Bacon-Chive-Potato Bread has always been one of my favorite breads for the breadmaker. It’s a little more involved than some of my five-minute breadmaker recipes because you have to pre-cook the bacon, but the outcome is spectacular. I could eat this day and night for years and never get tired of it!
We have had our old Black and Decker Breadmaker for years and it has seen a lot of duty during that time span. Thankfully, it still keeps chugging along because I make a loaf of bread in it every time I have company or take a meal to someone–which is frequently if I have anything to say about it! I have made this hearty recipe several times when taking meals to new moms and did so a couple of weeks ago.
Bacon-Chive-Potato Bread has always come back with rave reviews from those we share it with. It uses instant mashed potatoes (I know, they’re not particularly healthy but quick and easy), bacon, and chives to give it the standout flavor it has. I always use bread flour when making breads as it has more gluten which helps all the molecules of the bread adhere together better without getting crumbly.
If you’re looking for a satisfying and filling bread with a delicious savory taste, look no farther than Bacon-Chive-Potato Bread. It’s not only quick and easy to make because you use the breadmaker, you just can’t beat the taste. This is a great bread to use as a dipper for olive oil, freshly cracked black pepper and parsley. Our family really enjoys this favorite bread recipe and hope you will too.
When I initially posted this recipe in March 2013, I was still using an iPhone for a camera so the pictures aren’t as clear and distinct as a better quality camera. I’m in the process of remaking all of my older recipes that have pictures from the iPhone (about 200 more with 200 already completed!). I recently remade this recipe (April 2015) for a new mom in our church and decided to get a few pictures of it before I sent it off to them. Whether you use this bread for dipping in oils, just slather butter on it, or toast it to go with bacon, eggs and coffee for breakfast, it’s wonderful any way you serve it. I hope you give Bacon-Chive-Potato Bread a try because it’s a winner.
Bacon-Chive-Potato Bread is great served plain or add a dipping bowl with oil and fresh herbs, if you prefer.
Bacon-Chive-Potato Bread has a wonderful taste. You can serve it with butter or dip it in olive oil. This is a great savory bread for dinner. You can leave it plain or toast it with cheese on top!
Here’s a close up of the bread so you can view the texture.
Here’s what I did.
I used these ingredients.
Measure out instant mashed potato flakes and pour into bread canister. Add hot water and stir to combine. Add canola oil, sugar and salt.
Meanwhile, microwave bacon. Generally this is about 1 minute per slice but since this bacon is so thick it took longer. Break bacon up into small pieces and sprinkle evenly into canister. Add chives. Snipped chives are great if you have them fresh from your garden. I only had a handful so there was only enough for decoration but not enough for the actual recipe itself.
Measure out unbleached bread flour. Bleached all-purpose flour toughens baked goods and doesn’t have all the gluten you need to make a good loaf of bread that won’t be crumbly in texture. Add yeast. Place on basic bread cycle. Most breadmakers will cook the bread in about 3 1/2 hours.
Cool bread in pan 15 minutes. Remove from pan and butter top and sides. This prevents the crust from getting too hard.
This breadmaker bread works perfectly every time. It products a great loaf of bread.
Slice down into individual servings.
Serve Bacon-Chive-Potato Bread plain, with butter, toasted, or with dipping oils.
Here’s the recipe.
(Recipe adapted from Black and Decker Breadmaker recipes)
- 2/3 cup [url href=”http://idahospuds.com/” target=”_blank”]Idaho Spud’s[/url] instant potato flakes
- 1 1/3 cups hot water
- 2 tbsp. canola oil
- 2 tbsp. sugar
- ½ cup [url href=”http://www.wrightbrand.com/” target=”_blank”]Wright’s[/url] thick-sliced cooked bacon, finely chopped (about 5 slices)
- 2 tbsp. freeze dried chives or 1/3 cup fresh snipped chives
- 1 tsp. salt or sea salt
- 4 ¼ cups bread flour
- 2 tsp. [url href=”http://www.breadworld.com/” target=”_blank”]Fleishmann’s[/url] yeast
- Measure ingredients into bread canister according to order listed.
- Bake at regular setting for 2-lb. loaf.
- Mine takes about 3 hours 30 minutes.
- Allow bread to sit and cool in canister about 15 minutes.
- Remove bread from canister and spread top and sides with butter to prevent crust from getting too hard.
- Slice down.
Bacon-Chive-Potato Bread is a great dinner loaf for company.
Bacon always makes everything taste better. 🙂
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