Oh Yeah Baby Bacon Brownies!

I’d like to thank The Pork Board at the International Food Blogging Conference (IFBC) for planting the bacon suggestion in my head.

Juicing Day 2 – Craving bacon even as I juice faithfully.   I caved – what can I say?

Except I caved in a big way:  Bacon Brownies!  Oh yeah baby I said bacon …. and brownies.  That incredible combo of sweet and salty gets me weak in the knees every time I think of it.

Preheat oven to 300-350 degrees, depending on the texture you like for your brownies.  300 degrees will yield chewy brownies, 350 degrees will slightly crisp.

1 pack bacon
2 sticks butter
2 cups sugar
2 cups brown sugar
2 cups cocoa, natural and unsweetened
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
8 eggs
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups walnuts
Brownie Ingredients
1. Cook bacon to a golden brown crisp.  Drain on paper towels.
Crumble in a small pieces and set aside.
Pack of Maple Bacon by Cast Iron Gourmet
Cooked Bacon draining on paper towels
2. Unwrap butter and place in small bowl.
Microwave for 1 minute, stirring every 15 seconds.
3. Using a sifter, sift the dry ingredients into a large bowl.
If you don’t have a sifter, use a strainer and a spoon and stir the dry   ingredients through the strainer.
Sifted Dry Ingredients
4. Put the eggs in a blender and pulse (or low   speed) for 30-45 seconds.  You want the   eggs slightly frothy
and blended.  Alternately, you can   beat the eggs into a bowl, beat til frothy.
5. Hand mixing: Fold the egg mixture into the dry ingredients until mixed   thoroughly.
Electric mixing: Use low speed while pouring the eggs into the bowl until   it’s well mixed.
6. Add tablespoon of vanilla extract and fold in.
7. Slowly add melted butter, stirring between pours to mix the batter   completely.
Once all the butter is mixed in, the batter will be glossy dark brown
8. Add bacon crumbles and stir.  If   desired, garnish the top with some of the crumbles

 

Finished Batter
9. Let the batter rest while you prep the   baking dish.
Spray the bottom of two 9×12 pans.
Cut parchment paper to fit the pans with 2″ overhang on 2   sides.  Fit parchment paper into pans.
10. Pour half the batter into one pan
11 Add walnuts to remaining batter, holding out some for garnish.
12. Pour walnut batter into second pan.    Sprinkle bacon over both pans and walnuts over second pan.
13. Bake for 40-45 min or until toothpick comes out clean.
14. Cool and enjoy
Oh Yeah Baby! Bacon Brownies

I did enjoy my test brownies with a Mean Green Juice ….. hehehe.

Oh Yeah Baby Bacon Brownies and Mean Green Juice

These are dense, chewy dark chocolate brownies with a surprise bite of bacon!  Next time I’ll sprinkle some sea salt on the top to kick it up a notch.

 This is a keeper. Anyone care to recommend some small bacon producers I can find online?