Today, in a gesture of overwhelming self-sacrifice, I am making a dessert with bacon for Boyfriend. He doesn’t know it yet. I’m meeting him at a bar later to celebrate something, and I will be arriving with bacon brownies.
Why is this a gesture of self-sacrifice?
Well dear reader: I don’t like bacon.
Some people, when they find out, assume:
- I am allergic
- I have a religious restriction
- I am insane
But they are wrong. I just don’t like it. I love pulled pork and ham, but bacon does nothing for me. Boyfriend’s parents almost crashed the car when they found out.
“But how?” they gasped. “How can anybody dislike bacon?!”
Well, if you are curious why I don’t eat bacon you’ll have to make it to the end of this post.
Good to know before you start: I assume that regular bacon from the grocery store will work, but since we are celebrating a special occasion, I went to the butcher shop and got a pound of premium bacon.
I used Nova Scotia maple syrup from Maple Berry Farms in Fenwick. If you do not have real maple syrup, well…. I feel sorry for you. I picked up this bottle on my trip home in the spring.
Kitchen implements I used:
- baking pan 8″ x 8″
- 2 cookie trays
- 1 lb bacon
- 2 TBSP real maple syrup
- 1¼ C unsalted butter
- 1¼ C granulated white sugar
- 1 C cocoa powder
- ¼ TSP salt
- 2 TSP vanilla
- 2 eggs
- ½ C flour
1. Pre-heat oven to 177°C / 350°F. Line cookie trays and baking pan with tinfoil, do not grease.
2. Place bacon on tray and baste with maple syrup. Cook until it is a) not raw, and b) not burnt.
When you decide it’s done, place it on plates lined with paper towel and blot it well, on both sides. Meanwhile…
3. In microwave on High, melt the butter. This will take around 2 min, stirring every 30 seconds.
4. Stir in sugar, cocoa and salt. Microwave for another 30 seconds. Stir. Let the mixture sit 5 min.
5. Add the eggs one at a time.
6. Add vanilla.
7. When everything is combined add flour.
8. Pour half the batter into the prepared pan.
9. Layer in the bacon strips. I cut the bacon into small pieces so it will (hopefully) be easier to cut the brownies later.
10. Pour remaining batter on top. Bake 25 min.
11. Cool brownies completely in pan before slicing.
Verdict: Yes, it must be love! I fully expect to be worshiped forever after making this. The flavour I can only describe as a brownie that tastes chocolatey yet smokey.
Boyfriend adored this. I did not.
Bacon, ugh. I just do not like it; it smells weird, it feels weird, it’s fatty and gross and just ugh – no thanks! That said, Boyfriend loves bacon with an intensity that borders on eroticism. I don’t understand.
Prior to making this I had no idea how to cook bacon. I figured this site would have a decent explanation, so I baked it in the oven. But 10 minutes wasn’t doing it, so I consulted my friend M and sent him pictures of the partially cooked bacon, and he guided me through to cooking it to completion. (Thanks buddy!)
I am guessing the size of this bacon was the problem? Oh well!
I brought the pan of brownies to the bar, and Boyfriend and K got to try them. They said it was great. J and E, however, almost vomited. It seems to be very taste-specific. I didn’t care for them.
I think it would have been different with small strips of bacon cooked to a crispy texture. I told Boyfriend if he would like to have this again, he can cook the bacon. I cooked 13 strips and only used 4.
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