Spicy Cheese Bread With Bacon

I will always be a Badger. UW-Madison was an amazing place to go to school. It was beyond cold, but that aside, it is an incredible school. The University of Wisconsin–Madison is a public land-grant research university in Madison, Wisconsin. Founded when Wisconsin achieved statehood in 1848, UW–Madison is the official state university of Wisconsin and the flagship campus of the University of Wisconsin System. The just under 1000-acre campus is located on the shores of Lake Mendota.

The University also owns and operates a historic 1,200-acre arboretum established in 1932, located 4 miles south of the main campus. Madison is a school like no other. The university is organized into 20 schools and colleges, which enroll just under 45,000 students. Madison, which is the capital city of Wisconsin, is known for its domed State Capitol, which sits on an isthmus between lakes Mendota and Monona just steps from the UW campus.

spicy cheese bread

The Dane County Farmers’ Market on the Square is a Saturday and Wednesday tradition in Madison, Wisconsin. You’ll find the season’s best bounty of vegetables, flowers, meats, cheeses, and specialty products from approximately 275 vendors throughout the year. The DCFM is reported to be the largest producer-only farmers’ market in the country. All items are produced by the members behind the tables which means no re-sale allowed.

Dane County is rich in both rural and urban culture. In 1972, Mayor Bill Dyke recognized a need to unite the two cultures and provide a means for city dwellers to reap some of the county’s agricultural benefits. Dane County is rich in both rural and urban culture. In 1972, Mayor Bill Dyke recognized a need to unite the two cultures and provide a means for city dwellers to reap some of the county’s agricultural benefits.

spicy cheese bread

Inspired by Europe’s open markets, Dyke called on the Dane County Extension Office and the Central Madison Committee of the Chamber of Commerce to help him replicate the European tradition. The three agencies joined forces to develop the Dane County Farmers’ Market. For UW-Madison students, the DCFM is a long-standing tradition on Saturday mornings. We all looked forward to the amazing fruits and vegetables, fresh cheese curds, homemade pesto, and of course, Stella’s spicy cheese bread still hot from the oven.

spicy cheese bread

The cheese bread was addictive. And it was known to cure hangovers. The trick was to buy two loaves. One to eat with your friends as you walked the market and a second to take home for later. This bread was memorable, and a tie that binds all Badgers. This recipe for spicy cheese bread with bacon was inspired by that famous bread, from that loved town and amazing school. This recipe is not my own, I have lightly adapted one from the Brown Eyed Baker. The original recipe can be seen here.

spicy cheese bread

About the Author

Andrea Potischman

I am a professionally trained NYC chef turned CA mom and food blogger. I post about real food, with doable ingredient lists that are family friendly.

2 thoughts on "Spicy Cheese Bread With Bacon"

  1. Avatar photo Martha says:

    Dear Andrea, I would love to try your recipe for this Spicy Cheese Bread with Bacon. It sounds delicious. I want to make 2 loaves at one time but not sure if I should double the yeast. Can you please help me with this?
    Thank you so much,
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    1. Hi Martha-

      Thanks so much for reading my blog and reaching out. I love this bead! I have not doubled this recipe before, that said, you should be able to do that without an issue. Simply follow the instructions, doubling all recipe ingredients, but divide the dough into two in step 4 making two separate logs/loves to rise instead of just one The bake time may be slightly longer with two in the oven at once instead of one, so do be mindful of that. Happy baking!


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