Cheesy Bacon Ranch Pull Apart Bread
serves 12 (or 3, depending)
2¼ teaspoons active dry yeast (1 packet)
1¼ cup warm milk (110° to 115°)
¼ cup honey
1½ sticks (12 tablespoons) melted unsalted butter, divided
3 tablespoons dry ranch seasoning mix (I used Hidden Valley), divided
½ teaspoon kosher salt
3-3½ cups all-purpose flour
1 pound thick cut bacon, precooked and diced
5 ounces fresh shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
the bowl of a stand mixer, add yeast, warm milk and honey. Swirl with
your fingers or a spoon to dissolve the yeast. Allow to sit until the
yeast starts to bubble and becomes aromatic, about 5 minutes.
stand mixer with a dough hook and add 4 Tbsp melted butter, 2 Tbsp
ranch seasoning mix 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 (mine takes about 1 additional cup). Add bacon.
knead on medium for about 5 minutes. You should have a ball of tacky
(not sticky) dough at this point. *When testing the dough: sticky
dough will adhere to the skin, tacky will pull away and leave no dough
on your fingers
Turn onto a floured counter top; knead a few turns
until dough is tacky, not sticky. Form dough into a ball. Cover with a
dry towel and allow the dough to rest while you repair the butter
In a large mixing bowl combine remaining 1 sticks
melted butter, 1 tablespoon ranch mix, ½ of the shredded cheese. Stir
are going to cut this ball into 48 (somewhat) even pieces. First
quarter the ball of dough. *I used a bench scraper, but a butter knife
would work too. 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 the 48 pieces of cut dough
into the butter mixture and stir to coat as you cut. Continue adding
pieces until all the dough pieces are in the butter mixture. Stir to
Evenly spread dough balls out on a 9”x12” baking
dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Cover with plastic wrap
sprayed with non stick spray. Place in a warm location and allow dough
to rise for 1 hour, until doubled in size.
Preheat oven to 350°F.
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.
Serve and enjoy!
Recipe developed by Donna Elick - The Slow Roasted Italian
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