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Warm homemade bacon bread

Try baking the potbread over the coals by following the same method using a flatbottom cast-iron pot.
Bacon loaf or potbread (PHOTO: Drum)

Preparation time: 15 MIN
Cooking time: 1 HR


  • 1
    white bread flour
  • 7
  • 5
  • 10
    instant yeast
  • 400-500
    lukewarm water
  • oil
  • 200
    bacon pieces
  • 1 shallot, halved and thinly sliced
  • few sprigs of thyme leaves
  • coarse salt and fresh herbs to garnish
  • butter, melted
  • honey and cheese, to serve
Servings: Change Serving



Preheat the oven to 180 °C. Grease a large 33 x 11 cm loaf tin.

1 In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Add enough lukewarm water to form a dough that’s easy to knead. Combine well.

2 Remove the dough from the bowl and knead it on a flat surface for at least 10 minutes or until it’s smooth and elastic and no longer sticks to your hands. Grease a glass bowl with oil and put the dough in the bowl. Lightly brush the top of the dough with oil and cover it with clingfilm. Leave the dough to rise in a warm place for 10-15 minutes. Knock down the dough.

3 Fry the bacon, shallot and herbs together until crisp, leave to cool completely then knead into the dough.

4 Shape the dough into a ball or loaf and put in the prepared tin or pot with the folded side down. Cover with a tea towel. Leave to rise for 20-30 minutes or until it has doubled in volume.

5 Sprinkle the coarse salt and fresh herbs on top of the loaf and bake for about 1 hour or until done. Brush the loaf with butter or oil if you like and leave to cool in the tin for a few minutes then turn out onto a cooling rack. Cover with a tea towel while cooling. Serve lukewarm or at room temperature with butter, honey and cheese.


Follow the same method using a flatbottom cast-iron pot. Grease the pot and its lid well with butter. Put the pot on a stand over moderate coals and pack a few coals on the lid. Check often that the bread doesn’t burn, which happens easily if the coals are too hot or the pot is too close to the fire. Make sure the heat is evenly distributed and turn the pot from time to time. Bake until is done – it will sound hollow when you knock on the surface.




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