Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.–Doug Larson (bacon quote).
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We all love bacon right? I love bacon, my husband loves bacon, and my corgis really love bacon. Chocolate is pretty darn good too. Did you know how well chocolate and bacon work together? Vosges Chocolate makes a bacon chocolate bar that is pretty darn tasty, and I made chocolate covered bacon a few years ago that was a hit with a number of my coworkers. So, I decided to give bacon brownies a try. I adapted this from a Cooking Channel recipe.
Obviously, this all starts with some bacon. Use 1/3 to 1/2 cup chopped, which is around 4 pieces fried up. If you are like me, you will fry extra just for a snack. Here is my half cup of bacon. Of course I used a full half cup!
This recipe includes chopped chocolate, which makes very fudgey brownies. I like them that way. The gooier the better! Heck, I would be happy with brownies that I had to eat with a spoon. With that said, if you like yours more cake-like, then leave out the chopped chocolate and perhaps increase the cocoa powder a bit. I also included pecans. You could substitute walnuts if you like.
When you mix this up, it starts out like just about any other brownie recipe, but then you stir in all that extra chocolate, bacon, and pecan goodness.
This would be a good time to treat yourself to some of that extra bacon that you cooked. Trust me, you will be craving it! Have a bite of chocolate too. Then bake.
Serve these warm with ice cream and a drizzling of hot fudge. The bacon adds just a hint of smoky and salty flavor that is simply awesome.
- 1¾ cups sugar
- 4 eggs
- 8 ounces butter (16 T, or two sticks), melted
- 1 ounce butter for greasing the pan
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
- 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
- ⅓ cup cooked bacon, chopped
- ⅓ cup pecans, chopped
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
- Grease a 9- by 9-inch pan with butter
- Beat the eggs
- Whisk the sugar with the eggs in a large bowl
- Whisk in butter, cocoa powder and vanilla
- Stir in flour and salt
- Stir in the chopped chocolates, bacon and pecans
- Pour the batter into the pan.
- Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out generally clean
- Cool completely before cutting
- Warm and serve with ice cream and hot fudge