Soooo… I feel guilty coming up with this batch of gluttony, kinda. Thing is, as I always say, I’m all about moderation. I will choose to eat a small portion of pure guilty pleasurable goodness over a lot of some health-ified OOOOKAY tasting recipe. Yes, this is my excuse. This is me justifying that it’s okay to make this. Make it once a year and share it with EVERYONE and then you won’t eat it all to yourself.
The brownie recipe alone is fantastic if you’re all about a chewy, fudgy brownie with a perfect crust and edges. And feel free to add any of your favorite chopped nuts after you’ve combined everything together. Or chocolate chunks if you’re a chocoholic. Mix in some ground Mexican cinnamon for an Aztec flare, along with other spices like chili powder. There’s so many things you can do with a brownie recipe but most importantly, today it’s all about the bacon. CRISPY SALTY BACON! Wrapped around a pool of maple caramel. For goodness sakes!
Hopefully you’re reading this blog entry because I didn’t include this in the recipe… but I did sprinkle a little bit of pink Himalayan salt on top of everything to really make the bacon pop through all the sugary components. It works amazing. It’s worth at least sprinkling a little on one square first to try if you like it. Anyways, make this at least once… like now!
makes 16 two inch squares
8 – 10 strips crispy bacon, chopped
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1 ½ cup sugar
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
¾ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup (1 stick) salted butter
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
½ cup real maple syrup (grade B)
Preheat the oven to 350 F degrees. Spray an 8 x 8 baking pan with cooking spray.
In a large bowl use a rubber spatula to mix the melted butter, sugar and cocoa powder together. Then, add the eggs and vanilla extract. Lastly, fold in the flour until the flour is completely blended into the cocoa mixture. Pour into the baking pan and spread out evenly.
Bake for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the salted butter. Add the brown sugar and stir until it’s completely dissolved. Increase the heat to a low boil for about two minutes. Stir in the maple syrup and continue to boil for another 2 minutes until thickened. The syrup is ready once it coats the back of a spoon.
Generously pour the syrup over the brownies and sprinkle the chopped bacon on top.