Sunday, December 29, 2013

Bacon Cupcakes

Bacon Cupcakes
Maple Bacon Cupcakes
Take some bacon and you put it in a cupcake
Bacon Cupcakes
That's what I'm going to make
Bacon Cupcaaaaakes!

That is, of course, put to the Bacon Pancake tune from Adventure Time!

art by Matt Reedy
Now, this is a catchy tune on it's own, but it gets even catchier when Feast of Fiction sings it.

Ok, ok, so I'm not actually making pancakes, but when I got this song stuck in my head for over a month (your welcome) it started to involve into other things, and bacon cupcakes was one of them.

For Christmas I made my friend John some Maple Bacon Cupcakes by Bacon Today and sang this song through the whole process. Also, I was so caught up in singing and baking that I forgot to take process shots. Sorry :( 
But his recipe is too good not to pass on!

Bacon Maple Cupcakes

(makes about 6 cupcakes so you might want to double or triple the recipe)

 4 1/2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
 1/2 tablespoon bacon drippings (left in the fridge to become solid)
1 egg
5 tablespoons brown sugar 
4 tablespoons maple syrup
1 1/4 cups self rising flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
tiny tiny pinch kosher salt
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup of minced (maple) bacon, cooked and drained

Cook some bacon in a fry pan (about 6 thick strips). Reserve the drippings and place in the fridge to solidify. Mince 1/4 a cup of the bacon. 
The chef should eat whatever is left to assure that the bacon is tasty
Beat the crud out of the butter and solidified bacon fat ’till light and creamy. 
Add the brown sugar and maple syrup and beat well until combined. 
Add the egg and beat until incorporated. 
Sift the flour, salt, baking soda and powder together.
Add some of the flour and mix, then some of the milk, then continue to alternate the dry and wet ingredients, ending with the dry. Mix until just combined. 
Fold in the bacon. 
Taste and add more maple syrup, flour, or milk if needed for desired taste. Keep in mind the maple frosting is very sweet, and to add in very small increments for alterations as maple syrup in large amounts can break a cake batter.
Scoop into cupcake papers and bake at 350 F for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Be sure to rotate the pan after the first 15 minutes for even baking. 

Maple Syrup Frosting

(Again, this doesn't make much, so you'll want to make extra)

4 tablespoons of butter.
2 tablespoons of maple syrup.
1 cup of powdered sugar.
turbinado sugar (optional, but recommended).
coarse grain sea salt (optional, but recommended).

Combine the syrup and butter until combined. 
Add the sugar, a bit at a time, and whip at high speeds until combined. 
Pipe or spread onto cupcakes. 
Sprinkle on sea salt and turbinado sugar for decoration and a lot of added flavor.
(add some crumbled BACON TOO!)

I didn't add any of the extra bits, since it already looked so good. 
The cupcakes themselves look a little dark, but that's the added maple to the batter.
They were really quite good, which surprised me. I was worried that they would be strange.
These make the perfect gift or a really great pot-luck dessert that will keep people talking.

If you decide to try these, let me know how it goes!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Just What The Healer Ordered

I've been feeling drained lately and I can't seem to shake it. Maybe it's the winder blahs?

When an apple a day or taking two aspirins and making a call in the morning just won't cut it, it's time to level up to something a bit more potent.

Man, I would kill an owlbear for some of this stuff right now...

Thanks to That's Nerdalicious who knows how to mind their HP and MP