Loaded Bacon Cheddar Bread (abeautifulbite)

6 c flour
3 1/4 c warm water
2 t instant yeast
2 t salt
2 t sugar
2 3/4 c cheddar cheese, fresh grated not bagged, divided
10 strips cooked thick cut bacon, chopped and divided
fresh ground black pepper to taste

In a large mixing bowl combine water, yeast, salt and sugar. Allow mixture to sit for several min. Add flour, 2 c cheese, 1/2 bacon and fresh ground black pepper. Stir with spoon until combined. Dough will be shaggy. Don’t stress if it looks messy. It will come together in the end. Cover with a towel and allow to rise in a warm place for an hour. After an hour, turn dough out onto a floured board and knead for a few min. It does not need to be completely smooth. Just knead it long enough to come together. Divide dough into two equal halves and place in standard loaf pans. Cover loaves with remaining cheese and bacon. Cover with towel and allow to rest for thirty min. Bake in a 400º oven for 15 min. Cover loosely with foil and reduce heat to 350º and continue baking for another 35 min. Remove foil and allow to bake for another 10 min. Notes: If the dough feels too wet, add a little more flour but know that this dough is a bit stickier than most.

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