1Take cob loaf and make 5 cuts across the loaf. Cut almost down to the bottom but NOT all the way through.
2Turn loaf 90 degrees and make 3 more cuts in the opposite direction to the first 5. You'll then have a checkerboard type pattern of cuts.
4In a small fry pan cook onion, garlic and bacon in 25g butter for 5-10mins or until onion is translucent and bacon lightly cooked.
5Transfer this mixture to a bowl and add and stir through the shallots and the 130g grated cheese.
7Take two long sheets of aluminum foil (approx 60cm each) and lay them cross wise over each other on the bench to form an X shape and place the cob loaf in the middle of this X.
9Take the mixture and carefully spoon it into all the cuts of the cob loaf to fill them with mixture.
10Melt 100g butter in microwave and pour over and in the cracks of the cob loaf.
11Top with remaining 100g grated cheese.
13Wrap up both sides of foil to securely wrap the loaf.
14Place in a slow cooker and cook on HIGH for 2hrs.
16Unwrap carefully as it will be hot. You may wish to brown in oven for a few minutes if you like but we don't bother to.
18Serve and pull apart chunks of loaf loaded with cheesy garlic and bacon filling.
19SOOOOOOO good and great for your next party or function - you'll be a hit if you arrive with this loaded loaf!
Submitted by Paulene Christie
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