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Bacon and Sundried Tomato Bread for BLT Sandwiches
This BLT features bacon and tomatoes in the bread as well as the filling!
35 to 45 minutes
25 to 30 minutes
2-3/4 to 3-1/4 cups bread flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 (2-1/4 tsp.) envelope Fleischmann's® RapidRise Yeast
1 teaspoon sweet basil
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons very warm water (120º to 130ºF)
1/3 cup crumbled, cooked bacon
1/3 cup drained, chopped, sundried tomatoes (packed in oil)
1 large clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon melted butter OR margarine, optional
Suggested Sandwich Filling
Mayonnaise, or your favorite sandwich spread
1 pound sliced bacon, cooked crisp and drained on absorbant toweling
Chilled lettuce leaves
Fresh tomato slices
Combine 1-1/2 cups flour, sugar, undissolved yeast, basil and salt in a large mixer bowl. Add water; mix on medium speed of mixer for 1 minute. Add in bacon, sun-dried tomatoes and garlic; mix to combine. Add enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
Knead on a lightly floured surface for 6 to 8 minutes, until dough is smooth and elastic. Cover and let rest 10 minutes.
Grease a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan. Form dough into a smooth loaf and place in pan. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free place 30 to 40 minutes, or until dough is doubled in bulk.
Bake in a preheated 375°F oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until done. Brush top with melted butter, if desired. Cool in pan 5 minutes, then remove from pan and cool completely on cooling rack.
For BLT Filling: Spread sliced bread with mayonnaise or sandwich spread. Layer bacon, lettuce and tomatoes as desired. Note: 1 pound of bacon is enough for 4 to 5 sandwiches.