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Apple-Cheddar-Bacon Bread

Better the day after it's baked, this bread is perfect for toasting or as the foundation for a delicious egg sandwich.

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Ingredients

If you prefer a chunkier bread, feel free to dice the apple rather than shredding it. Try using chunky instead of smooth applesauce, too.

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350°; coat a 8½×4½-inch glass loaf dish with nonstick spray.

Sauté bacon in a skillet over medium-high heat until crisp. Use a slotted spoon to transfer cooked bacon to a paper-towel-lined plate; set aside. Reserve drippings.

Whisk together flour, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl; make a well in the center. Set dry ingredients aside.

Add enough oil (about ¼ cup) to the reserved drippings to make ½ cup. Combine dripping mixture with sugar and eggs in a large bowl; vigorously whisk until color lightens. Add shredded apple, applesauce, and buttermilk, stirring to combine.

Pour buttermilk-apple mixture into well of dry ingredients; stir only until dry ingredients are moistened. Stir in 1 cup Cheddar and the cooked bacon. Immediately pour batter into the prepared loaf dish.

Bake loaf 50 minutes. Sprinkle remaining ¼ cup Cheddar on top of loaf; continue baking until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean, about 10 minutes more. Cool bread in the loaf dish on a rack for 10 minutes, then turn bread out of dish. Allow bread to completely cool on a rack before slicing.

Reserve the bacon drippings from frying, then add vegetable oil to measure 1/2 cup total fat.

Reserve the bacon drippings from frying, then add vegetable oil to measure 1/2 cup total fat.

Whisk sugar and eggs with the drippings and oil. Stop whisking when the mixture lightens in color.

Whisk sugar and eggs with the drippings and oil. Stop whisking when the mixture lightens in color.

The apple can be shredded using a box grater or in a food processor fitted with a shredding blade.

The apple can be shredded using a box grater or in a food processor fitted with a shredding blade.

For the best bread texture, avoid overmixing when combining the wet and dry ingredients.

For the best bread texture, avoid overmixing when combining the wet and dry ingredients.

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