prep time: 35 minutes
bake time: 35 minutes
cleaning time: 10-15 minutes
time spent procrastibaking: 1.5 hours
greetings from new york, procrastibakers. i’m currently on location in my parents’ kitchen– a great place to unwind after spending the last couple days surrounded with friends and family. (i’m so lucky to have such super people in my life; i’d procrastibake for you all every day if i could.) now that it’s sunday night, everyone in my family is off doing their own things– working, hanging out with friends, watching tv, playing the guitar– leaving the kitchen empty, save for me, my procrastibaking, and two very excited puppies.
my family’s dogs, jack and rudy, are staring up at me with these adorable puppy dog eyes and probably could not get closer to me if they tried. though i know how much they love me, i’m sure their proximity has more to do with the open slab of bacon on the counter. and as much as i love them right back, they won’t get to partake of the bacon tonight, because it’s all going into my ultimate baked good recipe: the bacon brownie. salty bacon, gooey chocolate– it soothes every hunger pain, satisfies every sweet tooth, basically makes life worth living again. oh, and though they don’t get top billing in the recipe, there’s also a healthy dose of milk duds, because, ya know, why not.
for the record, i’m making no attempt to hide the fact that these are not good for you. they are probably pretty much opposite of healthy. but they taste damn good, and with these for breakfast tomorrow morning, monday will seem a little more do-able. let’s go.
- large frying pan
- small mixing bowl
- spoon for mixing
- 8 ounces of bacon (i’ve got 9 strips in this package)
- 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter
- 1 bag (6 oz) semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 2 small boxes (roughly 3 0z) milk duds
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
step one. preheat your oven to 325 degrees F.
step two. cut your strips of bacon to lengths of about 2 inches; without greasing the pan, line with bacon pieces and then turn the burner on to a medium heat. by putting the bacon on the pan cold, it reduces shrinkage! allow the bacon to cook through completely, until it reaches a red-brown color and is easy to crumble. turn off the heat and take the cooked bacon and put on a paper towel to drain, but do NOT remove the grease from the pan.
step three. in the pan where the bacon crumbs and grease is, place your 1/2 stick of butter and allow to melt. (i told you, this is unhealthy.) normally, you’d be using a full stick of butter, but by incorporating the bacon grease in the recipe and halving the butter, your brownies will get more of that delicious bacon taste. it sounds kind of gross now, but you’ll thank me later. you should be able to melt this butter WITHOUT turning the burner back on.
step four. once the butter has completely melted, pour all the chocolate chip morsels into the butter/grease mixture and stir until melted. you will probably be able to melt the morsels without turning the heat on– in the event that you do have to turn the burner back on, keep the heat as low as possible to prevent the grease, butter, and/or chocolate from burning.
step six. in a small mixing bowl, mix the flour and salt, and add that mixture to the brownie batter. once that’s all done, crunch the now-cooled bacon into teeny-tiny pieces and toss with the milk duds. reserving like… 1/5 of the mixture for a topping, pour the rest of the bacon/milk duds into the batter and stir until incorporated.
step seven. use the paper towel from under the bacon to grease your brownie pan and lightly flour. pour the batter into the pan and then use the remaining 1/5 of the bacon/milk duds to sprinkle on top of the batter. pop in the oven for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
i first was introduced to this idea by my friend dan, who has an uncanny knack for making catchy hipster-esque mix cds, an affinity for scotch drinking, and a firm belief that everything is improved by bacon. and so this entry’s dedicated to dan– one of these days i’ll deliver a bacon brownie shipment!