Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Cheesy Bacon Ranch Pull Apart Bread

2¼ teaspoons active dry yeast (1 packet)
1¼ cup warm milk (110° to 115°)
¼ cup honey
1½ sticks (12 tablespoons) melted,
3 tablespoons ranch dressing, divided
½ teaspoon salt
3-3½ cups all-purpose flour
1 pound thick cut bacon, precooked
   and diced
5 ounces fresh shredded Parmesan
   cheese, divided

  • In the bowl add yeast, warm milk and honey.  
  • Swirl to dissolve the yeast.  
  • Allow to sit until the yeast starts to bubble and becomes aromatic, about 5 minutes. 
  • Using dough hook, add 4 Tbsp melted butter, 2 Tbsp ranch dressing and salt.
  • Mix on low until combined.  
  • Add 2 cups of flour, mix on low, until smooth.  
  • Add enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (about 1 additional cup).  
  • Add bacon.  
  • Knead on medium for about 5 minutes.  
  • You should have a ball of tacky dough at this point.  
  • Turn onto a floured counter top; knead a few turns.
  • Form dough into a ball.  
  • Cover with a dry towel and allow the dough to rest while you set up the butter mixture.  
  • In a large mixing bowl combine remaining 1 stick of melted butter, 1 tablespoon ranch dressing, and  ½ of the shredded cheese.  
  • Stir to combine.
  • Next, quarter the ball of dough. 
  • Roll each quarter into a fat log.  
  • Cut that into 3 parts.  
  • Roll each part into a log and cut into 4 pieces.  
  • When you are done you will have 48 pieces. 
  • Place pieces of cut dough into the butter mixture and stir to coat.
  • Continue adding pieces until all the dough pieces are in the butter mixture.  
  • Stir to coat completely.
  • Evenly spread dough balls out on a 9”x12” baking dish.  
  • Sprinkle with remaining cheese.  
  • Cover with plastic and place in a warm location and allow dough to rise for 1 hour, until doubled in size.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.  
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, check bread at 15 minutes if it is golden brown already, cover it with aluminum foil and bake for 5-10 minutes until all of the bread pieces are cooked through.