|From Adriana Baking|
When I was younger, I used to play a connection game that I invented. I would think of something; anything. Most times something very random. Then I would wait for some time while my thought would slowly turn into a new one, until the thing I had started thinking of in the beginning would have morphed into a completely new thought. And then I would trace back all the different thoughts I had to the very first one, thinking about how amazing it was that the two were related.
Let’s say that you were thinking of a chocolate bar. The creamy smooth chocolate coated your mouth while you swallowed a bite, and it was dark and rich. It was hot outside, and the chocolate bar started to slowly melt in your hands, so you put it in a bowl. To dip strawberries in. Because sweet and sweet are good. But still, it was too. . . plain? Ordinary?
Your sister was reading a book, and your mother was out buying groceries. Your father was in the kitchen starting to cook dinner. You went in to join him and ask what he was making just as he came out carrying a plate of bacon for the pasta he was boiling. Instant collision. Your bowl of melted chocolate had bacon in it. What a disaster!
Cautiously, you picked out a piece of bacon covered in melted chocolate. . . It was really good. Because sweet and savory are delicious. Your melted chocolate had more pizzazz to it. You started getting out ingredients to make brownies while your father looked at your bowl in disgust, and you sister came out of her room to ask what you were making. Then she proclaimed she was not going to taste any of your brownies. When your mother came home, you decided not to tell her what was in the chocolate, but she was already asking your father where all the bacon went. You made the brownies anyways.
That is the kind of thought to thought connecting I used to play. I would try to find the weirdest paths to take my thoughts through. How did a bar of chocolate become bacon brownies? That little story did not really happen to me. I had seen numerous food blogs with bacon brownies on them, and decided to try them out because almost everyone liked them.
I am going to be very honest with you. My parents were subjected to try them, and did not like them at all. My sister, who loves bacon, and loves chocolate, does definitely not like the two together. They all complained that the brownies tasted meaty. I had high hopes for them, but sadly, I did not think that they were anything special. They were good, but I would not make them again. The brownies however, were what I would call perfect for the people in the “dense-fudgy-and-crispy-on-top” camp. I like chewy brownies, and I loved these.
Bacon Brownies via 17 and baking
Adapted from The Hungry Engineer
Makes a 9″x9″ pan of brownies
4 oz unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped
4 oz (8 tablespoons) butter
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)
4 strips bacon
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9″x9″ pan and set in parchment paper, letting the two ends hang over the edge. This makes a “sling” that will make lifting the brownies out of the pan very easy. Grease the parchment.
Heat a large pan over medium heat. When hot, lay in the strips of bacon. You want them to be crispy. Let them cook on each side until sufficiently cooked, then transfer to a plate with several layers of paper towel. Once cool, cut or rip the bacon into bits the size of your fingernail.
Place the chopped chocolate and the butter in a metal bowl, and set it over a pan of gently simmering water. Stir the mixture until the smooth and the chocolate has melted completely. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly, then whisk in the sugar, salt, and vanilla. Then add in the eggs, one at a time, stirring until smooth.
Sift in the flour and cocoa, and whisk to combine. Stir in the bacon bits.
Scrape the batter into the pan and smooth the top with a rubber spatula. Bake brownies 30-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let the brownies cool in the pan for a few minutes, then use the parchment sling to lift the brownies out of the pan. Transfer them to a wire rack and let cool completely before cutting into bars.