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Monday, March 7, 2011

Bacon Brownies Recipe

Bacon Brownies
I know the words “Bacon + Browniesin the same sentence are hard to swallow, but I’ll swear to this: Once you go bacon, you’ll never be satisfied with a plain ol’ brownie again. And I promise that when you bite into these bacon brownies, you won’t get a chunk of meat that feels like it doesn’t belong there.

These bacon brownies will give you the best foodgasm of your life (my friends refer to them as “chocolate bacon crack”). They’re amazingly moist, with a crunchy-sweet bacon candy topping and the flavors meld perfectly together. Even if you’re not a bacon fan you’ll still love these brownies.

Here’s the recipe for the best Bacon Brownies EVER!

Bacon Brownie Ingredients
  • ½ cup Bacon Fat
  • 4 oz. Unsweetened Chocolate
  • A pinch of Cayenne Pepper
  • 4 Regular-sized Eggs (or 3 jumbo)
  • ½ tsp. Salt
  • 2 cups Granulated Sugar (+ 1 Tbs. for the Bacon Topping)
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • 1 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 strips of Candied Bacon
  • 2 Tbs. hardened Sugar from the Candied Bacon process
  • ¼ cup crushed Pecans

Bacon Brownie Preparation
  1. In a double boiler, slowly melt the ½-cup bacon fat with the unsweetened chocolate and Cayenne pepper, stirring occasionally until well blended.
  2. Let the chocolate mixture cool to room temperature (keep it liquid – do not let it get hard).
  3. In a large bowl, beat the 4 eggs together until light and foamy.
  4. Continue to beat, while adding the Salt, sugar and Vanilla.
  5. While still beating
  6. Add the cooled chocolate mixture into the eggs and sugar mixture and with just a few swift strokes combine. Even if you normally use an electric mixer, do this part manually. Before the mixture becomes uniformly colored, gently mix in the all-purpose flower (sifted flour is recommended to ensure there are no floury clumps).
  7. Add brownie mixture to a 10x10 inch well-buttered (or greased) baking pan.

Bacon Topping Preparation
  1. Crush the candied bacon and the hardened sugar left from the candied bacon preparation into little bits.
  2. Combine the crushed candied bacon with the crushed pecans and a Tbs. of granulated sugar and mix well.
  3. Sprinkle the candied bacon/pecan mixture evenly over the bacon brownie batter.

Bake the bacon brownies at 350°F for approximately 40 minutes. You can check to see if your bacon brownies are done baking by taking a regular toothpick and poking through the center of the baking pan. If the brownies are ready, the batter won’t stick, but there should be a little bacon brownie residue left on the toothpick to ensure the brownies are still moist.

Let the bacon brownies cool to room temperature and then cut into squares and serve.

Do you love bacon? Check out these bacon treats!