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Bacon Brownies

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After this incredibly inspirational post by the folks at Bacon Today, I really and truly had no choice but to make my own rendition of bacon brownies.  If you've been reading for a while, you already know that our house loves the salty bacon + sweet chocolate combination, so this was required baking for us.

I'm sort of particular about my brownies. I like them thin and sort of chewy. I don't care for cakey brownies and I'm not nuts about the ones that taste like I'm just eating a hunk of fudge. And ordinarily, I really don't need anything but the brownie - no powdered sugar, no nuts.  Evidently bacon is the exception to this rule. These brownies were glorious. That salty-smoky tang from the bacon was exquisitely sandwiched between layers of chewy chocolate goodness. I had one for breakfast this morning (in fact, it took a herculean effort not to have two).
 
BACON BROWNIES
adapted from this recipe by Fine Cooking
 
4 oz unsweetened chocolate
4 oz (8 tablespoons) butter
vegetable shortening or more butter for greasing the pan
1 1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large eggs
4 1/2 oz flour (about 1 cup)
2 tablespoons natural cocoa (not Dutch-processed)
6 strips bacon

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (F).

Prepare an 8" x 8" or 9" x 9" metal pan (I prefer 9" x 9" because I like my brownies nice and thin) as follows.  First measure out a length of parchment paper whose width matches that of the pan and whose length is roughly twice the width.  You're going to make a parchment sling for your brownies.  Once the parchment is measured, grease the pan with vegetable shortening, lay in the parchment making sure some of it is hanging out either side of the pan, then grease the parchment paper.

Heat a large skillet over medium high heat.  When the pan is hot, carefully lay in the bacon strips and cook on each side until just slightly less done that you'd normally want them for eating (assuming you're like me and you like your bacon extra crispy).  When the bacon is sufficiently cooked, transfer it to a paper towel lined plate to drain a bit.

Coarsely chop chocolate and butter and place in a microwave safe dish.  Carefully microwave for approximately 1 minute (depending on the power of your microwave) stopping every 15-20 seconds to give the mixture a good stir.  It's perfectly acceptable, and probably even preferred, to melt the chocolate and butter via a double boiler type method, but I was going for expediency when I made these.

Let the chocolate-butter mixture cool slightly then whisk in the sugar, salt, and vanilla.

Once that is suitably mixed, add the eggs one at a time, combining thoroughly after each addition.

Sift the flour and cocoa into the bowl, taking care to remove or thoroughly break up any lumps.  Stir to combine.

With a rubber spatula, carefully place half the brownie mixture into your prepared pan, taking care to level it and smooth it out to the edges. Lay the bacon strips on top of that, mashing them a bit into the brownie batter. Then top it with the remaining batter, again taking care to get it leveled out and to get the bacon completely covered.

(I gilded the lily a bit by sprinkling some smoked salt on top of the brownies, but I assure you, they're just as delicious without it.  The bacon provides plenty of its own salt and smokiness, which is why smoked salt is not in the ingredient list).

Bake the brownies for roughly 30-40 minutes. They're finished when a paring knife inserted in the middle comes out free of anything but brownie crumbs.

Let the brownies cool in their pan for a few minutes, then use your parchment paper sling to carefully transfer them to a cutting board. Allow them to cool a bit more before attempting to cut them - it'll be easier, and in my opinion at least, they'll taste better.

 

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» Comments

  1. John says

    Love brownies. Love bacon. How could this not be good?

    November 7, 2008 8:34 AM
  2. Jo says

    Stumbled... yumyumyum! These look so very sinfully delicious! Nice!

    November 7, 2008 8:38 AM
  3. Judy says

    Wow. Big yum on those. Would my kids eat them? Maybe not but all the more for me!!! Love this!

    November 7, 2008 8:42 AM
  4. Freya says

    I definitely want to go give this one a go! Sounds intruiging and combines my two favourite food stuffs!!

    November 7, 2008 8:49 AM
  5. Jon says

    I'm a regular guy. I don't bake, I grill.

    I will be baking these.

    November 7, 2008 9:15 AM
  6. Nick says

    Black bean brownies were the latest rage all over food blogs, perhaps it's bacon's time to shine? Sounds like a wonderful sweet/salty combo to me!

    November 7, 2008 9:57 AM
  7. Jessie says

    Oh my god. I think you're my new hero. These look a-ma-zing!

    +Jessie

    a.k.a. The Hungry Mouse

    November 7, 2008 9:57 AM
  8. EB says

    Isn't bacon the exception to every rule?

    November 7, 2008 12:15 PM
  9. Vanessa says

    Really? Bacon and chocolate? I thought it was a bit of a top chef stunt, but looks like it's working out... :)

    November 7, 2008 1:15 PM
  10. That sounds totally crazy, but I bet it's delicious. I "accidentally" pour maple syrup all over my bacon. I bet this would be good in maple blondies too:-)

    November 7, 2008 6:19 PM
  11. Foong says

    hmm...bacon and chocolate. that's a very unique combination but I will definitely keep this in mind when I'm thinking of trying a different brownie recipe!

    November 8, 2008 6:27 AM
  12. Jessie says

    I'm looking at these again. I mean staring. :D

    +Jessie

    a.k.a. The Hungry Mouse

    November 8, 2008 2:17 PM
  13. April says

    Hello all! Thanks so much for the stopping by and commenting! This was definitely not a stunt. Between the Bacon Today article and the bacon chocolate bar by Vosges, I had to try these out. One thing that Sean (my husband) and I have decided though is that next time, we'll likely the cut the bacon into maybe 1/2-inch chunks to make the brownies a bit easier to chew through.

    November 8, 2008 5:32 PM
  14. I've been on a major bacon & sweets food kick - I can't get enough of these recipes! This one is perfect. I can just imagine the taste. Lovely!

    November 9, 2008 9:15 PM
  15. Mike says

    I'm so glad to see someone else picking up the bacon brownies torch and carrying it forward. Glad you enjoyed them!

    -Mike

    Head Chef, Bacon Today

    November 9, 2008 9:47 PM
  16. April says

    @Muse - I would love to hear what else you've tried out. The other one that I've had that I've really loved was the maple bacon brownie from Voodoo Doughnut in Portland.

    @Mike - Hooray! I'm so glad you noticed. I love the Bacon Today site and the bacon brownies were a wonderful idea - I believe bacon to be The Great Equalizer :-)

    November 10, 2008 12:19 PM
  17. this is friggin' genius. absolutely genius!!!

    November 10, 2008 5:32 PM
  18. Oh my goodness! I cannot wait to try these brownies for my husband. Now, I'm not a brownie fan personally, but he loves them. And he loves bacon. And he loves the sweet/savory combinations best. I know he will adore these. Thank you for sharing.

    November 10, 2008 9:47 PM
  19. April says

    @We Are Never Full - I can't take credit for the idea - I was inspired by the Bacon Today posting and "picked up the torch" to try my own recipe. But it was really friggin' good :-D

    @Peppercorn Press - My own husband is already wishing I'd make some more - they disappeared pretty quickly :-D

    November 11, 2008 10:20 AM
  20. This sounds amazing! will definitely try this!

    January 2, 2009 4:47 PM
  21. April says

    Thanks! It's definitely worth a shot - I would highly recommend cutting the bacon into smaller chunks or crumbling it after it's cooked. The big slices were tasty, but a little difficult to consume.

    January 3, 2009 8:25 AM

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