Maple & Candied Bacon BLONDiES
Makes 1 – 8 brownies, depending on how you cut them.
2 1/4 cups Blanched almond flour (I recommend THESE brands)
1 cup (6oz)Maple Granulated Maple Sugar (get it HERE or in stores)
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1/2 cup sustainable palm shortening or ghee
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup pecans, finely chopped
3-4 pieces of bacon
About 1/3 cup maple syrup
For the candied Bacon: Make the candied bacon before starting the brownies as it will need to cool down before breaking it up into tiny pieces for the topping.
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
2. On a parchment paper lined rimmed cookie sheet, lay out the strips of bacon. You want the rim so that your bacon grease doesn’t run down into oven and start a grease fire. (Not that I would know anything about that)
3. Using a pastry brush, sweep a generous amount of maple syrup over each piece of bacon. You could also sprinkle maple sugar instead of using syrup, but I find that it takes less syrup and it goes on smoother and faster.
4. Bake in the preheated oven for about 10 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from oven and flip the bacon over. Brush the other side with maple syrup and return to the oven for another 8-10 minutes or until dark and caramel-y. Watch the bacon closely toward the end, it burns fast. Times will vary from oven-to-oven (most basic ovens don’t actually read temps accurately). For best results use an oven thermometer.
5. Remove from oven and cool. I like to place my bacon on a plate and chill in the freezer. This both speeds up the cooling process and makes them easier to cut in to small pieces.
6. Cut or break the bacon into small pieces. If they are too large the brownies will be difficult to cut later.
For the BLONDiES :
1.Grease and line a 8×8 inch cake pan with parchment paper, leaving flaps on two sides of the pan for easy brownie removal. You don’t have to lay parchment paper both ways, just one set of flaps will suffice.
2. In a blender or coffee/herb grinder, pulse the maple sugar a few times to make it a finer grind.
3. Using a small sauce pan over medium heat, melt the palm shortening/ghee till it just becomes liquid. You don’t want it to be hot, just liquid. Remove from heat and let cool.
4. While the fat is cooling, combine the almond flour, sugar, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Now add the eggs and vanilla extract to the liquid shortening/ghee and lightly beat together.
5. Combine the egg/fat mixture with the almond flour mixture, mixing till combined and there are no lumps in the batter. Transfer the batter to the prepared cake pan and smooth the batter out as best as you can.
6. Sprinkle the bacon and pecan pieces evenly over the top of the batter and bake for 22-25 minutes.
7. When they’re finished cooking, remove the pan and allow the brownies to cool. Slice into squares and then watch in amazement as they vanish mysteriously from your counter top every time you look away. (at least that’s what happens around my house.)
Stunning photography, as always Jenni! And I love the addition of bacon (of course) and maple sugar. I'll have to keep my eye out for that brand the next time I'm at Whole Foods. These look so MOISTTT!
Looks wonderful! I'll have to give these a try the next time an occasion calls for something this yummy! Thanks for sharing.
Kristen @ Change of Pace says
Gorgeous! I love that there isn't a million ingredients! Most paleo baked goods have a million things in them. Bookmarked for sure! 🙂
Brooke Schweers says
Wow. Simple yet amazing. I can't wait to make these for my partner, maple syrup and bacon are his two most favourite things ever!
Laura Dembowski says
These sound and look amazing! Love that they are gluten free too.
Kate @ Eat, Recycle, Repeat says
What a lovely brownie sundae you have there!
Laura Hofstetter says
As soon as I saw this…I knew I needed to make it…instantly! This was the best tasting desert I have ever eaten. The brownie was light and so flavorful and the bacon just absolutely made it. Topped this with some vanilla bean gelato and we was in heaven. Thank you so much for sharing this delicious treat!
Can you suggest an alternative to shortening/ghee?
I made these yesterday using coconut sugar and adding dark chocolate chips and OMG! They are out of this world! I see what you mean about them disappearing. I'm going to have to start giving them away so I don't eat the whole batch. Fantastic recipe and definitely one I will make over and over!
HI Jenni, can i use coconut oil instead of ghee or palm shortening? i just purchased your book (which is awesome) but wanted to know if i can replace with coconut oil in all the cakes, cookies etc recipes? thanks a lot!
The Urban Poser says
You can but since coconut oil will change textures (due to it’s different melting temp) and also affect flavor quite a bit, unless you buy a deodorized one. Coconut flavor can be too strong for many delicate pastries. Which is why it is not listened as an option.
Can you suggest a substitute for the bacon in this recipe? I also enjoy your book. Thanks
Jenni Hulet says
There isn’t really a bacon sub, I’d say just leave bacon out!