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Monday 20 August 2012

Baking for Beginners: Maple and Bacon Cookies

As far as I am concerned, bacon is one of my 'five a day'. I will find any way that I can to enjoy bacon, and introducing it to sweet things is one of the best ways. Whether it is making candied bacon to sprinkle on my ice cream or even squeezing it into my bacon brownies, I am rather fond of the sweet salty meat stuff.

One of my favourite Sunday morning breakfast will include big fluffy pancakes American-style with crispy bacon and lashings of maple syrup. It is decadent and delicious. So I decided to include this flavour combination in a biscuit. You might be wondering why anyone would want to put meat in their tea-dunking baked products, but trust me, it really works. Simply rustle up some candied bacon, whip up these super easy cookies and by tea time you will have something interesting to share with your friends. 

Maple and Bacon Cookies (makes 16-24)
You will need:
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 180g butter, melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 60ml maple syrup
  • 240g plain flour
  • 1/2tsp vanilla essence
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2tsp baking powder
  • 2 rashers of candied bacon
Make it!
  1. Combine the melted butter and sugar and allow to cool (maybe 10 minutes or so)
  2. Whisk the egg into the butter/sugar mixture and then add the rest of the ingredients except for the bacon. Stir Until combined. Gently fold in the candied bacon.
  3. Cover the mixture and chill for about an hour or so.
  4. Take a teaspoon of dough and roll gently into a ball before popping onto a baking sheet. Flatten the ball slightly. Make sure the balls are at least 1-2 inches apart as the biscuits will spread as the bake.
  5. Pop the baking sheet in a preheated oven at 180C for 10 minutes. 
  6. Remove and allow to cool before serving.
  7. Enjoy!

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