Pane con Pancetta e Formaggio (Bacon and Cheese Bread)

7 Oct

This delicious bread, soft and tasty, and flavored with bacon and cheese, originates from the regions of Tuscany and Umbria in central Italy.  The bread is simple and quick to prepare and is a suitable recipe to accompany a cocktail, a salad, or a picnic.

Preparation time: 55 min.               Baking time: 50 min.

Pane con Pancetta e Formaggio 

3 large eggs
370 g  (2 ¼ cups) all-purpose flour
15 g (3 teaspoons) baking powder
150 g (about 1 cup) diced Swiss cheese (Emmenthal)
150 g (1 ½ cups) grated Parmesan cheese
80 g (½ cup) diced bacon
60 ml olive oil (Extra Virgin)
150 ml milk

Preheat the oven to 170°C (350°F)
1. Mix the flour, baking powder and grated Parmesan cheese in a medium bowl
2. Add the eggs, olive oil and milk, mix until well blended
3. Add the Swiss cheese and the bacon
4. Stir well until the dough is smooth (you can add extra milk)
5. Pour the dough in a greased and floured bread pan (34 cm x 10 cm)
7. Bake for 50 min.

Let the bread cool in the pan for 5 min. on a rack, then remove it from the pan and let it cool on the rack or about 15 more minutes.  

My son can hardly wait for this bread to cool before cutting into it.  It’s excellent served at room temperature, but he says that it tastes best just out of the oven!  -Paola

10 Responses to “Pane con Pancetta e Formaggio (Bacon and Cheese Bread)”

  1. Anne October 7, 2012 at 10:01 am #

    That looks fabulous!

  2. Passion and Cooking October 7, 2012 at 10:44 am #

    Thank you Anne! It is really delicious!

  3. Marcia Scamihorn October 20, 2012 at 1:49 am #

    I baked a loaf of bacon and cheese bread tonight and it turned out light and delicious! I used Gruyere cheese, because that’s what I had on hand. Next time, I’ll try it with Emmenthal, to compare. Love your blog, Paola!

    • Passion and Cooking October 20, 2012 at 8:44 am #

      Hi Marcia! Glad you love my blog! It was good idea to use Gruyere cheese, I will try it too! Paola

  4. AdriBarr October 21, 2012 at 2:30 am #

    My, how tempting. I bet I could consume the entire loaf on my own. Thanks for this one.

    • Passion and Cooking October 21, 2012 at 9:39 am #

      It is really delicious! My son loves it. Try it and let me know. Paola

  5. michatdianaingrid October 22, 2012 at 1:38 pm #

    Ottimo Paola, si vede che sei una ricercatrice.
    Su questo tuo blog impieghi l’eleganza e tutto il buon gusto che ti contraddistinguono.
    Complimenti alla fotografa Giovi!

    • Passion and Cooking October 22, 2012 at 1:54 pm #

      Ciao Diana, grazie per il tuo gentile commento, specialmente gradito perchè viene da un’artista di talento come te! Sono contenta che ti piacciano il blog e le mie ricette. Paola

    • claudia December 17, 2012 at 1:26 am #

      Ho provato l’altra sera questo pane con bacon e formaggio, è stato un successone e gli amici che avevo a cena non credevano fosse possibile che l’avessi fatto io!!
      Grazie Paola per i tuoi suggerimenti, suggerisco di caricare sul blog anche la ricetta dell’insalatina di songino con uvetta e pinoli, anche quella sempolice ma di gran effetto! Let’s keep in touch, I am looking fporward your next delicious suggestione!

      • Passion and Cooking December 17, 2012 at 8:36 pm #

        Sono contenta Claudia, mi fa molto piacere sentire che le persone apprezzano le mie ricette perchè c’è molta “passion in it”. Let’s keep in touch!!!

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