Bacon Date Bread
There is a standing joke among friends that when I'm asked to bring a dish to a party, it always contains bacon. My partner loves bacon-wrapped dates and my grandmother got me hooked on date-nut bread, so I made a sweet and salty combination of these recipes.—Terrie Gammon, Eden Prairie, Minnesota
Total TimePrep: 25 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
Makes1 loaf (16 slices)
- 8 bacon strips, chopped
- 8 green onions, thinly sliced
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 1-1/2 cups shredded Asiago cheese, divided
- 2/3 cup pitted dates, chopped
- Preheat oven to 350°. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, stirring occasionally. Remove with a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels. Discard drippings, reserving 2 tablespoons in pan.
- Add green onions to drippings; cook and stir over medium-high heat until tender, 1-2 minutes. Cool slightly.
- In a large bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and cayenne. In another bowl, whisk eggs, sour cream and melted butter until blended. Add to flour mixture; stir just until moistened. Fold in 1 cup cheese, dates, bacon and green onions (batter will be thick).
- Transfer to a greased 9x5-in. loaf pan; sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 45-50 minutes. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Serve warm.
Nutrition Facts1 slice: 211 calories, 13g fat (7g saturated fat), 49mg cholesterol, 267mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein.
Originally published as Sweet & Salty Bacon and Date Bread in Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook 2014