Summer BLT's

Yesterday, I was reading a post here: and saw that Nellie was making BLT's with her freshly picked tomatoes.  I thought that I should do the same.

So I got up early and made some bread. I tried this new recipe I found: 

4 and 1/2 teaspoons rapid rise yeast
3/4 cup warm water
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon salt
3 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
2 and 2/3 cup additional warm water
9-10 cups all-purpose flour

Mix the first 6 ingredients together and gradually mix in the flour.  Knead until you have a smooth dough.  Split it in half and place them in greased bowls covered with plastic and set them aside to proof for about 1 hour.  I don't know about you but we have perfect bread proofing weather....very hot and very humid!

After and hour they should double in size.

Plop one out on your counter.

Press it into a rectangle .

Roll it tightly.

Turn the edges under and place them seam side down in greased pans.

Cover them with a damp pumpkin towel.  In this weather all I can think about is Fall.  Let them rise.

Cook some bacon.

Slice some of your fresh tomatoes, sprinkle them with sea salt and place them on paper towels to drain.

After about 30 minutes the dough should be crowning the pans.  Brush them with melted butter.  Bake them in a preheated 425 degree oven for 15 minutes.  After 15 minutes, cover them with foil and bake for 15 more minutes.

The internal temperature should be 190 degrees.

Turn them out on a rack to cool.

Beautiful loaves.

Beautiful crumb.

Make sure to pick lots of fresh lettuce.

Slice the bread and spread it with mayonnaise, or not. One did not get any mayo because one person in this house thinks he will die on the spot if a speck of mayo touches his lips.  I should test that out one of these days!

Add the lettuce.

Then the tomato and bacon.

What a treat. Thanks for the idea Nellie!


Patty Woodland said…
They do look yummy!
Yumo!!!! Looks delish, may make some for myself
Jennifer said…
Wow. I am speechless with envy. Were they delicious?!
Robin Larkspur said…
Argh!! i am dying from sandwich envy! that looks amazing.
Hah! I have someone in my house who almost gags when he sees me spreading mayo on bread. What is up with that!!! LOL!!
cl said…
My mouth is watering!!!!!!!!!
Oh please, please, can I have a BLT.

Oh, one simply can NOT eat a BLT without mayo. How savage.
Guillaume said…
Apart from a club sandwich, there aren't many sandwiches that are better than a BLT, especially during summertime.
Laura said…
that bread looks delicious! i may have to try it!
That sounds perfect, on the menu for tomorrow, thanks. Have good day Diane
I think I may try my hand at making bread. Do you think I could add rosemary to this recipe? We have a wonderful baker at our farmer's market that makes bread and one is a sourdough with rosemary. It's perfect for a BLT.
Barb said…
There is nothing like BLT's in the summer. Your freshly baked bread makes them look even better
Sunnybrook Farm said…
We haven't had enough tomatoes yet to make them but that is one of the things we look forward to, fresh tomato BLTs.
1st Man said…
NOTHING compares to a fresh from the garden tomato made BLT. Mmm...and no mayo? Sacrilege I tell you!

You made me hungry. :-)
I'm just curious if said person wanted no mayo, what did you use???
Yum. When can I come over?! Lol.
My favorite summer sandwich! I may try your bread recipe, it looks really simple and delicious! Too funny about the mayo!!! LOL!!!
The sandwiches and the loaves of bread look wonderful. I so understand about having Fall on your mind. I just ordered a lovely handmade wreath for my front door...can't wait 'til it gets here. Has a big crow on it! LOVE CROWS! On the hunt for something "witchy"...:)
Nellie said…
Oh, my! Thank you for the mention in this post! I've been away for awhile and am behind in checking in. I'm honored that I gave you an idea, though you definitely improved on ours!:-) I do not use mayo, either, but will spread mashed avocado on one of the bread slices.