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Bacon and Tomato Swirl Bread

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It’s snowing outside, so I stayed home from work, today. I actually had every intention of going in, but when I went out at 6:30am to check things out, our driveway and street were sheets of ice, and my neighbor across the street had her car stuck in the middle of the street. A few pushes and grunts got her back into her driveway, but it set the tone for my drive down the hill to work. Down the hill. A winding, 2-lane road-hill.

At 23, I would have jumped into the car and¬†slalomed into work. At almost 63, I’m no longer quite as reckless. The mind is willing but the recovery takes so much longer…

So… with a free day off and nowhere to go, I decided it was time for some baking. I’m still working on getting my mom’s cook books together and one of the recipes I have rediscovered is for a Bacon and Tomato Swirl bread. It’s another one that is extremely easy and totally rocks. The recipe makes 2 loaves or 12 buns. Or, in my case, one loaf and 6 buns.

Bacon and Tomato. In bread. I mean, really. How could one resist? Did I mention it was an easy dough to make?

Naturally, I had all the ingredients necessary, so I set to work.

I didn’t think to take pictures of the making of the bread and rolls, but suffice to say that it’s pretty effortless.

The rolls came out great, albeit a bit irregularly shaped.

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But boy-oh-boy were they good!

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Really light with lots and lots of flavor. I see more of these in our future. They held together perfectly and would definitely lend themselves to any number of fillings.

I haven’t sliced into the loaf, yet. I’m saving it for dinner…

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As is typical of me, I more-or-less followed the recipe. The key to this one is watching how much flour goes in – and that is going to be determined by the amount of bacon fat and liquid in your tomatoes. I used just under 4 cups of flour and had a relatively soft dough.

And since I made buns, I decided that I needed to grill hamburgers for lunch.

Damn the snow!

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The grill is covered.

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Cold, but covered. We do grill year-round, especially during snow-storms. It’s kinda a rule.

The burgers were excellent. I loaded mine up with sprouts. Victor and Nonna won’t touch them, but I love ’em.

As for the bread… the recipe calls for “1 can (1 pound) tomatoes.” I used a 14 1/2 oz can of diced tomatoes in juice. Worked just fine.

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