Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Bacon Toffee

Bacon Toffee recipe from cherryteacakes.com
Yes, bacon toffee. It almost speaks for itself. Bacon, sugar, butter, chocolate....what else could be better? Well, for one, replacing some of the butter with bacon drippings. Yep. I'm all about healthy eating. No, that's the wrong platform, reducing waste? Oh, like I really need talk you into something this delicious. I had you at bacon and you know it! 

This last Sunday was Iron Chef DC: Bacon! Yes. Bacon! As far as the eye can see! For years we've never picked an ingredient that would exclude the vegetarians.....years. YEARS. Last months winner is a genius and decided that we'd been nice about it long enough. It was time for bacon. Yes. It. Was. 

We had an excellent pasta carbonara, yummy corn muffins, and a winner takes all twice baked potato (Congrats Kate!) but as for me, I decided it was high time I rip off Voges genius idea and make some bacon toffee. Best. Choice. Ever. 

Bacon Toffee

1 pound thick cut bacon
roughly 6 oz unsalted butter, about 3/4 cup
1 cup sugar
5 tablespoons water
1 cup dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 400. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil

Arrange bacon slices on the foil and place the baking sheet on the center rack. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until very crisp. When fully crisp, remove slices to a paper towel lined plate to soak up any excess grease. 

Measure the bacon grease in ounces (for me it was 2 oz) and pour into a thick pot. Add enough butter to make 8 oz. 

Arrange the 3/4 of the bacon strips into an oval about 8x14 inches on a greased sheet of aluminum foil. Crumble the remaining bacon and set aside. 
Cook the butter, bacon grease, sugar, and water in a heavy saucepan, stirring constantly, until a candy thermometer says it has reached the hard crack stage. Remove from heat immediately and pour over bacon strips.

Allow to sit for five minutes and spread chocolate chips over the surface of the warm toffee.

When melted use a knife to spread the melted chocolate across the top of the toffee. Garnish with crumbled bacon.

Allow the toffee to sit until the chocolate has set.

When set, use a large knife to cut the toffee into pieces.

17 comments:

  1. My friends & I have a "food network" dinner club & next month's theme is Iron Chef and bacon will be the featured ingredient in all the dishes. It's my turn to make dessert so I'm SO making these! Thanks!

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  2. This is everything you could want in a dessert. Maybe topped with a smear of peanut butter? I'm getting hungry again.

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  3. Wow that looks insanely awesome! I love bacon and chocolate! I'm sure they are even better together!

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  4. YUM-O! Bacon and chocolate are the best and your toffee recipe is heavenly. I must give this one a try. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Yeah, this pretty much does speak for itself!! Gorgeousness.

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  6. woah.. i keep seeing this amazing combo chocolate and bacon.. makes me wonder whats next??

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  7. Oh my heck! YUM!!!!! Sounds delicious!!!

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  8. Yum I love salty sweet combo! Your toffee looks so good- and I love the fact that you guys play Iron Chef! My friends and I did that once- so fun.

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  9. Thinking of this makes my heart melt and arteries clog... looks so sinfully delicious!

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  10. fabulous idea! I too had the crazy idea to mix bacon with dessert recently :)

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  11. This looks so fun! I've been making a lot of candy this year and have yet to tackle toffee. Bacon sounds like the perfect addition!

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  12. My boys are crazy about bacon and would love this for sure :)

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  13. Did you submit this to the tastemaker contest? I bet you get in the top 6 at least- great recipe! i can't wait to try it! I have most of the ingredients too, except Im out of unsalted butter. Will reg. salted butter work as a sub ?

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  14. i actually completely forgot to submit it! :( sadness.

    and sure, salted butter will work fine. :)

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  15. Looks so delicious and yummy... I love bacon and i will to make it soon. Thanks for share.
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  16. I should have followed you to the detail. Oh my God I laid the bacons in some luxury tissue paper when I was following the instructions here myself and it happened to stick on the bacon! Silly me. ;)

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