Calling all bacon lovers. This is a sweet bread with the salty taste of bacon and the sweetness of apples and brown sugar. It shows just how mad I am about bacon. Apparently I have passed that love on to my grandson Sam. I developed this in honor of him. I wanted to share a story of Sam that happened Monday. I had made bacon for Saylor for breakfast. There was some left over so I put it in the refrigerator. Sam was sleeping late and the smell woke him up. He, in a zombie like state, came down stairs, walked to the refrigerator and ate every piece and then went back up stair and back to bed. The smell of bacon can make you do strange things.
1 ¾ cups flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 lb. chopped crispy fried bacon
1/2 cup bacon fat (or you may substitute oil if you want a healthier bread)
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 cup apple sauce
Prep work: preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Fry your bacon until crispy and set aside, keeping the bacon fat. My grandma's coffee can full of bacon fat on the stove comes to mind. Don't waste all that flavor. Put it to use in the bread.
In a large mixing bowl combine the eggs, brown sugar, fat or oil, butter milk, apple sauce, baking soda, and cinnamon, in that order. With a kitchen scissors, cut the fried bacon into small pieces over the batter and stir in. Add the flour and mix being careful not to over mix it.
Pour into a sprayed loaf pan and bake for 1 hour. Test the bread with a toothpick after an hour. If the toothpick comes out clean, the bread is done. If not, keep baking and testing every 5 minutes.
Cool on a rack and put into a large baggie to keep it moist.
Hope you enjoy it. Be happy and may God bless you and yours.