Do you know how many desserts with bacon actually exist? Although this is by no means a new foodie fad, it's certainly trending big right now. I suppose I can understand the appeal: bacon is delicious and desserts are delicious, so certainly they're good together, right? Yeah, I probably made the same ew-face as many of you when I first considered this pairing … but then I boldly tried a chocolate chip cookie with bits of bacon in it, and it really wasn't bad. So naturally I had to go searching for some of the most popular desserts with bacon, just to see what all the buzz was about.
1. Bacon Brownies
A lot of desserts with bacon mix the meat with chocolate, primarily because the sweetness tends to complement the inherent saltiness of bacon. That's certainly true for this recipe, which is just about as rich as you'd imagine. After all, brownies are rich themselves, but when you add bacon into the mix, you get something that's definitely out of this world.
125 gram(s) streaky bacon (thin rashers, finely chopped)
2 teaspoon(s) golden syrup
150 gram(s) unsalted butter (softened)
250 gram(s) soft light brown sugar
75 gram(s) cocoa powder
150 gram(s) plain flour
1 teaspoon(s) bicarbonate of soda
4 large egg(s) (beaten)
150 gram(s) dark chocolate (chopped (or dark chocolate chips/morsels))
Preheat the oven to 190°C and get out a 25cm square tin and line it, or (as I prefer) a throwaway foil baking tray measuring 30cm x 20cm x 15cm.
Heat a heavy based (preferably non stick) frying pan and when warm, add the bacon bits and cook, stirring occasionally until beginning to crisp. Add the syrup, stir again to mix and transfer the sticky bacon bits to a cold surface, either on some foil or a plate. The syrupy bacon juices left behind are just delicious when mopped up with some bread: a cook’s treat!
Melt the butter over a gentle heat in a medium sized saucepan and when it’s melted, add the sugar, stirring with a wooden spoon.
Now take the pan off the heat and add the cocoa, flour, bicarbonate of soda and stir, then add the beaten eggs and stir again to mix.
Add the chopped dark choc or chips and the bacon bits, breaking them up with your hands if necessary. Fold together then pour and scrape into the tin.
Place in the oven to cook for 20-25 minutes; you want a little gooeyness inside still.
Transfer the tin to a wire rack and sit until cooled a little (but not to the point of coldness) and cut into 16 squares.