GSABO - S2- Ep5 - Recipes

5 Spice and Bacon Bread


The Great South African Bake Off

BBC Lifestyle


Bread Dough:

  • 18ml Dry Instant Yeast
  • 375ml Water (lukewarm)
  • 15ml Sugar
  • 10ml Salt
  • 1000ml Flour
  • 7,5ml 5 Spice (ground)
  • 500g Shoulder bacon
  • 1ea. Med Red Onions
  • 15ml Butter
  • 1 each Egg
  • 15ml Milk


  • 3ea. Med Red Onions
  • 120g Brown Sugar
  • 125ml Red Wine Vinegar
  • 45ml Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1pinch Salt
  • 100g Butter

Preparation method


  • Chop onion and bacon
  • Fry in butter together with 2,5 ml of spice
  • Drain to get rid of excess fat and fluids
  • Sift together flour, yeast and rest of the spice
  • Dissolve sugar and salt in the water
  • Add half of the flour into the water, stir until starts combining
  • Add in onion and bacon and combine
  • Add rest of the flour and knead until a firm dough forms
  • Place dough in a greased bowl and cover with cling film
  • Place bowl in warm area and let it rise for 50 - 60 minutes
  • Preheat oven to 200C
  • Line tray with baking paper
  • Punch down the dough and remove from bowl
  • Shape into desired shape, score the top
  • Whisk together the egg and milk
  • Brush the top of the bread with the milk wash
  • Sift a little bit of flower over the bread
  • Bake on middle rack for 40-45 minutes
  • Let cool
  • Serve with butter and onion marmalade

Onion Marmalade:

  • Slice onion into thin slices
  • Add onion and 30 ml of brown sugar to big saucepan
  • On medium heat, cook for 25 minutes
  • Add in the balsamic- and red wine vinegar and rest of sugar
  • Let it cook for about 15-20 minutes longer, continuously stirring
  • Add salt to taste
  • Reduce to thick