Mike Milosavich won the Fleischmann’s Yeast "Sensational Sandwich Bread" contest with his now nationally recognized Bacon and Sun-Dried Tomato Bread. This recipe will forever change the way you do BLT’s, and will bring some truly authentic Colorado cooking into your kitchen.
Combine 1 1/2 cups flour, sugar, un-dissolved yeast, basil, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the water and mix on medium speed for 1 minute. Add the bacon, sun-dried tomatoes, and garlic and mix to combine. Add enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
Knead the on a lightly floured surface for 6 to 8 minutes, until it is smooth and elastic. Cover and let rest 10 minutes. Grease a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan. Form the dough into a smooth loaf and place in the pan. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free place 30 to 40 minutes, or until dough is doubled in bulk.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Bake the loaf for 25 to 30 minutes, or until done. Brush the top with melted butter, if desired. Cool in the pan 5 minutes, then remove from pan and cool completely on cooling rack.
Spread the sliced bread with mayonnaise or sandwich spread. Layer bacon, lettuce, and tomatoes as desired. Note: 1 pound of bacon is enough for 4 to 5 sandwiches.