I created this dessert specially for the Eat My Blog charity bake sale, and the brownies sold out in under an hour. It's a unique dessert, rich, meaty, firing on all palate cylinders, sweet and salty and buttery and chocolaty and bacony! It combines all the best things in the world, from chocolate, to booze, to bacon, to butter, to sugar, all into one tidy little package.
Note: for the sake of the sale, I baked the caramel sauce into the brownies, but if you're serving this as dessert for a dinner party, you can bake the brownies and then drizzle the caramel sauce over them right before serving.
Bacon Brownies with Bourbon Caramel Sauce
Makes 9 brownies
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup sugar
1/2 lb bittersweet chocolate
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup thick cut bacon, chopped
bourbon caramel sauce:
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup bourbon
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup heavy cream
To make the bourbon caramel sauce, cook the sugar over medium-low heat for about 10 minutes or until golden brown and caremalized. Add the bourbon and stir to combine. Then, add the butter and cream and stir to combine. Cook for another 10 minutes, or until the sauce comes together.
To make the bacon brownies, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Cook the bacon in a saute pan over medium heat until crispy. Remove from pan and drain on paper towels.
Whisk together the eggs, vanilla and sugar until smooth. In a double boiler, melt the chocolate and butter, stirring to combine. Add it to the eggs/vanilla/sugar mixture and stir to combine. Then, sift together the flour and cocoa powder, and fold into the wet mixture. Fold in the bacon.
Spread the batter into a parchment-lined 8 inch square pan. Drizzle the caramel sauce over the top. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
Let cool in the pan. Cut into 2 inch squares (should yield 9 brownies).
Source for Ingredients:
bourbon vanilla extract, Niman Ranch thick cut bacon, organic unsweetened cocoa powder, organic cane sugar, organic butter and Reserve Bourbon from Trader Joe's
organic flour, bittersweet chocolate and organic heavy cream from Whole Foods
organic eggs from Healthy Family Farms (Hollywood Farmers Market)