Wednesday, 16 December 2009
While I try to eat healthy, there are some foods that I just simply can not resist. So, when I saw this recipe on www.TheKitchn.com that took TWO of my favorite foods - chocolate and BACON! - I knew I had to try it out. And man, was I happy that I did.
The sweetness from the chocolate combined with the salty, chewy bacon absolutely did my tastebuds a service. Combining these two treats not only satisfied both my sweet and my salt tooth, but it also proved to me that two unlikely companions can make something so dangerously delicious.
- Bacon! About one package's worth.
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar
- Salt, to taste
- Fudge! About two pounds. (If you have your own personal favorite variety, use that. Just make sure it's your favorite!)
- First, candy the bacon. Do this by lining a cookie sheet with parchment paper, and then place the bacon on the sheet. Sprinkle each piece of bacon with about 1-1.5 tablespoons of the light brown sugar. Without having preheated the oven, place the sheet in the (cold) oven and turn on to 350 degrees; cook the bacon for approximately 20-25 minutes. (As a note, the Kitchn points out to pay special attention starting around the 18 minute mark.)
- After the bacon has been cooked, sprinkle each piece with salt - as much or as little as you want - just to taste and to salt-up the sweet candied sugar.
- Next, line an 8x8 pan with parchment paper (or grease the pan heavily). Add half of your fudge to the pan, pressing the fudge firmly into the corners and smooth the top.
- Add the strips of bacon to the layer of fudge, making sure to eliminate any air bubbles by pressing the fudge down completely. Continue this layering process until all of your fudge and bacon have been placed in the pan.
- Place the pan into the refrigerator. In about an hour, your candied bacon fudge should be set.
- When the fudge has firmed, cut into squares, strips or chunks, and enjoy!
Have you ever tried candied bacon fudge? What other sweet/salty combinations do you find delicious?