Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Bacon Brownies

Bacon Brownies

I wanted to bake something a little different this week, but didn't have loads of time to do something crazy. So instead I decided to put bacon in brownies :) Using bacon in sweet dishes is nothing new in America, but over the pond, it's still pretty weird. The key is to make the bacon very crisp, so that it's not soft in the brownie. That, and if you can, use streaky bacon - I find it gets much crispier than standard rashers and imparts more bacon flavour.
If you're not a huge bacon lover, you could leave it out and make normal brownies...this recipe does make amazingly moist and chocolatey brownies without needing to go out and buy chocolate/weird ingredients. So it's worth a go even if you're a veggie :)

Makes 20 brownies


  • 150g (2/3 cup) butter
  • 100g (1/2 cup) dark soft brown sugar
  • 150g (3/4 cup) light soft brown sugar
  • 75g (1/2 cup) chopped walnuts
  • 50g (1/2 cup) cocoa powder 
  • 50g (1/3 cup and 2tsp) ground almonds
  • 150g (1 cup) plain flour (a gluten free plain flour would work equally well if you're gluten intolerant)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 75g (1/2 cup) dark chocolate chips
  • 225g (1 cup) streaky bacon, finely chopped
  • 4 tbsp maple syrup


1. Preheat your oven to 180c (160c fan)/ 355F/ gas mark 4. Lightly grease a 20 x 20cm baking tray and dust with flour.

2.Fry the bacon for a few minutes, until beginning to crisp up. Add the maple syrup and continue to cook until the bacon has become crisp and sticky with syrup. Set aside in a bowl (including any pan juices).

3. Melt the butter with the sugar in a medium saucepan, stirring occasionally.

4. Beat the eggs in a mixing bowl, then whisk in the vanilla. Pour in the chopped walnuts, cocoa, ground almonds and plain flour, and on top of that add the melted butter/sugar and bacon. Fold in, until no more flour speckles can be seen and the bacon is evenly distributed.

5. Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 18-20 minutes, until crisp on top and the middle shakes a small amount when you move the tray.

6. Cool in the tray for around half an hour, then turn out and cut into squares.

7. Serve warm with cream/ice cream/custard, or at room temperature as a snack.

8. Enjoy!

Bacon Brownies

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