Bacon Cheese & Onion Swirls

"I can’t resist bacon, and was very happy to taste the new “Bacon by Nature” Unsmoked Back Bacon, cured with plant-based ingredients and free of artificial nitrates. This bacon, from British high welfare outdoor bred pigs, is deliciously succulent and tasty and a perfect addition to these cheese & onion swirls. Make the dough the night before, leave to prove overnight in the fridge (to improve the flavour), and shape and bake in the morning. It won’t last long!"

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Serves 8 people   Prep 20 minutes   Cook 25 minutes


475 g water (tepid)

3 g dried yeast

700 g bread flour

14 g sea salt

1 red onion, peeled and finely chopped

200 g cheese (I used red Leicester and cheddar), finely chopped

1 pack Denhay ‘Bacon by nature’ unsmoked back bacon, sliced into strips

8 stems of thyme, leaves picked


1. Mix the yeast and water and leave to stand for a few minutes.

2. Place the flour and salt into the bowl of a food mixer, and stir to combine. Make a well in the centre and pour in the yeasted water. Mix together then knead (with a dough hook) on a medium speed for 5 mins. Remove from the bowl, shape into a ball, and place the dough into a lightly oiled bowl. Cover and place in the fridge overnight to prove.

3. The next morning, place the dough on a lightly floured surface, and roll out to a large rectangle, about 0.5 cm thick.

4. Layer the cheese, onion and bacon on top, and sprinkle over the thyme leaves. Leave an uncovered 1 cm border around the edge. Gently start rolling up the dough, from the widest side, and continue until it rolls into a sausage. Gently roll back and forth so the dough lengthens a little.

5. Line a 30 cm circular baking tin with baking parchment.

6. Cut the dough into 5 cm rounds and place in a baking tin, leaving a 1 cm gap between each. Cover with a damp clean tea towel and leave to prove for an hour. The dough is ready to bake when it springs back, leaving a small indentation, when gently pressed.

7. Preheat the oven to 220 C/200 fan/gas 7, and bake for 20 to 25 min, until golden and the cheese is bubbling.

8. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes before tearing it apart!

Bacon by Nature Unsmoked Back Bacon can be purchased exclusively at Waitrose and Partners online in London and Morrisons online.


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