And speaking of "out of the box," I made these cupcakes from scratch! :)
- 1/2 c bacon, cooked and chopped (about 8 pieces)
- 2 Tbsp bacon grease, cooled
- 1 c loosely packed dark brown sugar (you can also use light)
- 1 large egg
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
- 3/4 c milk
- 1/2 c (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
- 1 1/2 c all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
Then preheat the oven to 350 and line your cupcake pans. This recipe was intended for 12 cupcakes, but I ended up with 15.
In a bowl the dry ingredients go. Then stir them with a fork to blend.
In a larger bowl, whisk the brown sugar and egg until smooth. Then slowly pour in the melted butter, bacon grease, vanilla,and milk, whisking until all is combined.
|Check the bacon bits!|
While the cupcakes are cooling,candy some bacon to go on top. Toss 5 strips of bacon in 1/3 c of brown sugar and 1/2 tsp black pepper. Lay the bacon out on a parchment-line backing sheet and sprinkle the strip with the remaining brown sugar mixture.
Place another piece of parchment on top and another baking sheet on top of that, so that the bacon lays flat while baking. Bake at 325 for 20 minutes, then check the bacon. If it is still soft, place the bacon back in the oven for another 15 - 20 minutes. Remove top pan and parchment and let cool.
I also had a fun time making these cuppin' cakes. I felt like I was on Epic Meal Time, bacon-flippin', candying bacon, and a-drippin' that choc-uh-late sawse!
Congrats to Roger for completing his 1L year!