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Chocolate Bacon Pull-Apart Bread

I really hope bacon doesn’t freak you out. Because it’s all over this post!

And I reallllllly hope bacon + chocolate doesn’t send you screaming. It really is an amazing combo!

Don’t knock it ’til you try it!

This Chocolate Bacon Pull-Apart Bread is super easy to make - no yeast! The perfect salty and sweet dessert or breakfast!

On Saturday morning we were up, dressed, coffee’d, breakfasted, and in the car driving away at 7am. No, not for a sporting event. Not for a trip.

We got up before the sun on Saturday morning to take a 2 1/2 hour (each way) drive to Palo Alto, California, home of the Stanford Shopping Mall…and the American Girl Store.

5 hours in the car with two tweens, two dolls, and me. And I survived!

Really, it’s a super cute outing, if you’re close enough to a store and your daughter loves American Girl. We celebrated a (very) belated birthday for Jordan (side note: make reservations early – it took me 2 months to get in on a Saturday!) and the girls shopped to their hearts content.

I made Jordan spend her own money. It was fantastic. But I paid $10 to have Saige’s hair brushed and re-curled. If you have an American Girl doll with long, curly hair, you understand why I thought that was so totally worth it.

When we got home I was hungry. I wanted salty and sweet. Luckily I’d made this bread ahead of time, in anticipation of my day.

{I really, really miss living in the Bay Area. The traffic? I could do without!}

This Chocolate Bacon Pull-Apart Bread is super easy to make - no yeast! The perfect salty and sweet dessert or breakfast!

I’ve been dying to make pull-apart bread like this since I first saw it years ago. Then last fall, Heather made it using Grands! Biscuits and I felt like I got hit in the head with the brilliant stick.

No rising. No waiting. Just slicing and stacking and baking. If you’re scared of yeast, or if you want a delicious pull-apart bread in under an hour, this is the recipe for you!

I was in the mood for salty and sweet when I made this bread. I love the combination of bacon and just about anything, but especially maple and chocolate.

So I made Chocolate Bacon Pull-Apart Bread. And it’s got maple in it. And a maple glaze on top!

It’s perfection.

This Chocolate Bacon Pull-Apart Bread is super easy to make - no yeast! The perfect salty and sweet dessert or breakfast!

This bread couldn’t be easier to make. First, you crisp up some bacon. I used Hormel Thick-Cut. Let it cool a bit, then crumble it.

Open your Pillsbury Grands! Biscuits and slice them in half horizontally. You want to use the regular or homestyle flavor Grands!, not the flaky.

Then you simply make a layered stack. Brush some pure maple syrup on one side of a biscuit. Top it with some bacon crumbles and some chocolate chips, and sandwich it with another biscuit half. Continue until you have a really tall stack on your cutting board and you’re out of biscuits. Then you just place it in a loaf pan and let it bake.

Once it cools a little, you make a simple maple glaze and pour it on the top. Oh em gee, it’s the perfect complement to the salty bacon and sweet chocolate.

This bread is perfect for dessert, cool or warm, plain or with a little ice cream or whipped cream. Or, serve it for breakfast with some coffee (and a side of bacon).

You can never have too much bacon!

This Chocolate Bacon Pull-Apart Bread is super easy to make - no yeast! The perfect salty and sweet dessert or breakfast!

Or bread. Or chocolate. Or maple. Or American Girl merchandise.

Chocolate Bacon Pull-Apart Bread

Yield: 10 slices

Chocolate Bacon Pull-Apart Bread

A sweet and savory loaf of bread that's perfect for dessert or breakfast! The bacon and chocolate complement each other and the maple adds an extra touch of sweetness.

Ingredients

  • 8 slices Bacon (I used Hormel Thick-Cut)
  • 1 can Pillsbury Grands! Homestyle Buttermilk Biscuits
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon maple extract
  • 1 tablespoon milk

Instructions

  1. Cook bacon according to package directions until crisp. You want to be able to crumble it. Let cool, then use your hands to crumble it into small bits.
  2. Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray a loaf pan (about 9x5 inch size) with cooking spray (the kind with flour in it).
  3. Open biscuits. Cut Grands! in half horizontally for a total of 16 slices.
  4. Place one slice on a flat surface. Use a pastry brush to brush the top of the biscuit with maple syrup. Top with 1 teaspoon each of chocolate chips and bacon pieces. Top with another Grands! slice and press lightly to make them stick. Repeat process, building a stack of biscuit dough, until you’re out of biscuit halves. (You won’t use all the maple syrup; save 1 tablespoon for the drizzle.) Do not brush the top with maple syrup (you want both ends to be without maple syrup so they don’t stick to the pan). Carefully transfer the stack to the prepared loaf pan. It won’t fully fill the pan. Lay the stack horizontally in the center of the pan.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden on the top. Let cool, then make the drizzle.
  6. Make the drizzle: Whisk the melted butter and 1 tablespoon of remaining maple syrup in a medium sized bowl. Whisk in powdered sugar until thick, then add maple extract and milk and whisk until smooth. Drizzle carefully over bread and let set.
  7. Store bread at room temperature in an airtight container or bag.

Notes

Feeling adventurous? Reserve 1 tablespoon of the drained bacon fat and use that for the glaze instead of butter.

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41 Responses to “Chocolate Bacon Pull-Apart Bread”

  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on April 7, 2014 at 12:59 pm (#)

    I don’t eat bacon but I love that you worked it into this bread with chocolate! Salty and sweet for the win :)

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 7th, 2014 at 7:01 pm

      Thanks Averie! I was thinking of you when I made this, remembering you don’t eat bacon. :)

      Reply

  2. Rochelle @ Oh So Sweet Baker posted on April 7, 2014 at 1:03 pm (#)

    Salty sweet, chocolate & bacon. Man I’m totally diggin this pull apart bread

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  3. Becca from ItsYummi! posted on April 7, 2014 at 1:15 pm (#)

    Oh my WORD! I shall now commence the stretchy pants dance :)

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 7th, 2014 at 7:00 pm

      Ha! Totally! Thanks Becca!

      Reply

  4. Heather @ French Press posted on April 7, 2014 at 3:04 pm (#)

    chocolate and maple and bacon! YUM!! Glad you survived the trek

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  6. Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent posted on April 7, 2014 at 5:03 pm (#)

    Going to the American Girl store sounds like a lot of fun… even if the drive was stressful. I haven’t tried the bacon chocolate combo, but may have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 7th, 2014 at 6:59 pm

      It’s so good! I now want to dip bacon in ganache. :)

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  7. Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron posted on April 7, 2014 at 5:15 pm (#)

    Bacon + chocolate definitely doesn’t send me running – it sounds very interesting and an awesome sweet n salty combo! Pinned!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 7th, 2014 at 6:59 pm

      Thanks for the pin Chelsea!

      Reply

  8. Kristin posted on April 7, 2014 at 7:15 pm (#)

    Did you ever have chocolate covered bacon? It actually tastes like chocolate covered peanuts to me. Strange, but tasty.

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  9. Amy @Very Culinary posted on April 7, 2014 at 7:21 pm (#)

    “f you’re scared of yeast, or if you want a delicious pull-apart bread in under an hour….” Um *raises hand* And I am not the least bit turned off by bacon and chocolate. Bring it! Looks delicious!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 8th, 2014 at 7:26 am

      Thanks Amy!! It’s one of my favorite combos now!

      Reply

  10. Renee @ Two in the Kitchen posted on April 7, 2014 at 7:40 pm (#)

    Bacon and Chocolate?….I’m in!!! Oh, and I love to go to American Girl Place with my daughter as well. It is such a fun, girls day out!!! Glad you all had fun.

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 8th, 2014 at 7:26 am

      It is so fun, if not exhausting and expensive! :) Thanks Renee!

      Reply

  11. Julianne @ Beyond Frosting posted on April 7, 2014 at 10:15 pm (#)

    this is FOR SURE happening in my kitchen ASAP

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  12. Medeja posted on April 8, 2014 at 3:52 am (#)

    This bread looks so lovely! I would like at least a little piece of it :)

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  13. Chloe @ foodlikecake posted on April 8, 2014 at 4:19 am (#)

    This bread looks amazing!

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  14. ukphantom posted on April 8, 2014 at 9:13 am (#)

    Ok, sounds brilliant. But i like to bake… So now to find a replica recipe for this Pilsbury stuff. Cheers for the tips!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 8th, 2014 at 11:00 am

      You can use a regular bread dough recipe and when you roll it out, cut it into squares to stack like this. Or use pizza dough!

      Reply

  15. Brenda @ SweetSimpleStuff posted on April 8, 2014 at 9:15 am (#)

    Chocolate, bacon and biscuits … that is a reward! Sounds like you had a fun day ;)

    Reply

  16. Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen posted on April 8, 2014 at 10:10 am (#)

    This is so awesome!! When I first tried bacon & chocolate together, I fell in love ;)

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  17. ashley M. | Our Full Table posted on April 8, 2014 at 4:21 pm (#)

    This bread looks amazing! And you deserve the mom of the year award for the American Girl outting! So thankful I have a boy! :)

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  18. Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking posted on April 8, 2014 at 5:00 pm (#)

    You are out of control! This bread looks amazing! Bacon! Chocolate! AND pull apart bread!!!

    Reply

  19. Jenn @ Deliciously Sprinkled posted on April 8, 2014 at 7:38 pm (#)

    Bacon and chocolate sounds delicious…especially in this amazing looking pull apart bread! :) Can’t wait to try, pinned!

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  20. Sinead Fenton posted on April 9, 2014 at 4:08 am (#)

    OMG! Bacon AND chocolate, it’s like the worlds best food have come together as one! I need this in my life :)

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  21. Lyuba@willcookforsmiles posted on April 9, 2014 at 7:50 pm (#)

    Ah-mazing! Chocolate and bacon in a sweet bread….yum!

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  22. Mary Frances @ The Sweet Tooth Life posted on April 9, 2014 at 8:12 pm (#)

    I’d need a loaf of this to help me survive traffic and the store! That’s a great belated birthday outing – I’m impressed you got two tween girls ready vas out the door by 7. And I’m even more impressed you didn’t demolish this loaf the minute it came out if the oven. Bacon and chocolate chips – I’m running, but is towards this bread!

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  23. Laura @ Laura's Culinary posted on April 10, 2014 at 11:26 am (#)

    Bacon, maple and chocolate? Yes please! I had an American Girl doll when I was younger. Fun!

    Reply

  24. Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking posted on April 12, 2014 at 7:12 pm (#)

    So happy you survived your American Girl outing — and even had fun! I didn’t realize that there was an American Girl store in Palo Alto. My mom actually commutes to work in Palo Alto every day, and if I had know that as a kid, I would’ve begged to visit myself! You’re totally right about the bacon and chocolate combo. Salty + sweet = amazing! I made bacon cupcakes with a chocolate drizzle a few years ago, and my guy friends couldn’t get enough of them. Everybody, especially boys, loves bacon!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 13th, 2014 at 6:24 pm

      It just opened at the holidays last year. I almost wish it didn’t!!

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      • Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking replied on April 13th, 2014 at 8:25 pm

        Yikes, thank goodness it’s 2+ hours away?? But at least American Girl Dolls are a little more realistic than Barbies! I’d much rather that my (hypothetical, of course!) daughter played with those instead, and I’d be a little happy indulging her on those clothes and accessories. ;)

  25. Renee @ Awesome on $20 posted on April 15, 2014 at 11:25 pm (#)

    This does sound brilliantly perfect, and using those biscuits is such a time saver. I can’t wait to try it out.

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  26. Kristyn posted on April 17, 2014 at 9:00 am (#)

    Chocolate AND bacon?! Yes, please!!

    Reply

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