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.
|2 cups||brown sugar|
|2 cups||cocoa, natural and unsweetened|
|1 cup||all-purpose flour|
|1 tbsp||vanilla extract|
|1 1/2 cups||walnuts|
|1.||Cook bacon to a golden brown crisp. Drain on paper towels.|
|Crumble in a small pieces and set aside.|
|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.|
|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|
|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|
I did enjoy my test brownies with a Mean Green Juice ….. hehehe.
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?