"Fad –noun : a practice or interest followed for a time with exaggerated zeal."
I subscribe to a number of food magazines, and as I page through I can't help but put my finger on one recurring theme. Bacon is for dessert.
I've seen bacon topped cupcakes and bacon toffee. I've even seen bacon lollipops and bacon cookies with bits stirred right into the batter. Don't get me wrong, I'm not mad at this idea. I like fresh ideas and challenging the way people look at food. I have, however, smirked a little at how much the fad has caught on. I had earlier witnessed the phenomena of "Baconnaise" and "Bacon Salt" which both, ironically, contain no meat products and are considered vegetarian. Normally the type of people I find connected to these products are those who like to flex their carnivorous muscles whilst spouting anti-vegetarian sentiment. Not my kind of party.
With some ambivalence I decided to give this bacon-dessert thing a try. I wanted to make a bacon cookie, but couldn't bring myself to put it in the batter. I decided to make a maple-pecan cookie with Candied Bacon as a topping.
It was... delicious. I have to remind myself that behind (most) every fad lies a kernel of truthful goodness that puts the trend into motion. The bacon was delightfully crunchy, sweet and salty. The flavor reminded me of pecan waffles with a side of bacon. If you'd like to try Candied Bacon yourself, directions are below.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Cook bacon in a skillet on stove-top until almost cooked through (not crispy).
On a parchment lined cookie sheet sprinkle bacon with brown sugar and bake 10 minutes, or until sugar has dissolved.
Let bacon cool completely.
Peel from parchment and enjoy!