Candied Bacon

So yesterday I shared my Maple Bacon Cupcakes, I have now consumed all 2 dozen with VERY little help, seriously I ate WAY more than my share!  And now I’m craving another batch of this Candied Bacon (I’ve made 4 this week already!)

an easy recipe to bake your own candied bacon

It’s AMAZING in the cupcakes and just as good completely by itself!  It’s a good thing I’m missing one of my cooling racks our I’d be making a double batch RIGHT NOW! Okay, so while it’s SUPER simple it IS time consuming, so make sure you don’t have to, oh say, run out on an errand (and leave your husband in charge) you’ll come home to burnt bacon.  No amt of sugar coating can save burnt bacon

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Kay to start out, place a cooling rack in side a jelly roll pan (or brownie pan or cookie sheet, whatever you call these sheets with 1/2 inch sides). And then lay out your bacon (center cut, THICK bacon) flat over the top.  You can put them super close but NOT overlapping. Place it in the preheated oven (350) for 10 mins, then flip the bacon and cook another 5 mins.

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While your cooking the bacon mix up the sugar coating!  Brown sugar, maple syrup and rice vinegar for a kick!  I’ve seen some recipes with pepper too, but I didn’t like it personally. Stir it up , it will be thick but still runny.

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Open your oven and brush the sugar coating onto the bacon, cook another 5 mins.  Then every 5 mins flip the bacon and brush on more coating.  This took me anywhere from 8-10 flips, it’s hard to know.  Its slow coming up to cooked, but then it goes from perfect to burnt fast.

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It will still be SOFT when it’s done, so don’t keep cooking until it’s crunchy or it will BURN.  Go by looks, I was a little undercooked the first time and perfect the second time.  Leave them to cool and they will harden up!

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Candied Bacon

Candied Bacon

Ingredients

  • 1 lbs center cut thick cut bacon
  • 1 C brown sugar
  • 7 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 5 Tbsp maple syrup

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350
  2. Place a cooling rack in side a jelly roll pan
  3. Then lay out your bacon flat over the top (You can put them super close but NOT overlapping).
  4. Place it in the oven for 10 mins, then flip the bacon and cook another 5 mins.
  5. While that's cooking mix the brown sugar, maple syrup and rice vinegar.
  6. Pull out the bacon and brush the sugar coating onto it, then cook another 5 mins.
  7. Every 5 mins flip the bacon and brush on more coating.
  8. This took me anywhere from 8-10 flips, its slow coming up to cooked, but then it goes from perfect to burnt fast.
  9. It will still be SOFT when it's done, so don't keep cooking until it's crunchy or it will BURN.
  10. Go by looks, it will shrink a bit, the red will get dark, the edges will get crunchy.
  11. Leave them to cool and they will harden up!
  12. Serve by itself, in cupcakes, on top of ice cream or anywhere your brave enough to try
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Again I loved it chopped up inside these cupcakes as well as the extra’s in larger pieces on TOP of the amazing maple frosting recipe!  The bacon bits do get a little soft when baked inside the cupcakes, but cut them small enough and that doesn’t matter!  I wouldn’t leave big chunks in their though.

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My SECOND favorite way to eat these bacon bits? On top of CHOCOLATE ice cream.  Yup! Seriously AMAZING!  I don’t think an ice cream bar should be without candied bacon bits EVER AGAIN!  Try it… you’ll thank me!

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Mmmmm  How glorious does this pile of candied bacon look?  GAH, I’m upset I don’t have any right now!  So shiny and sugary and BACON!  Glorious!   It was a huge hit with the family too!

So what do you think?  Does it sound amazing? or is it just not your thing?

Maple Bacon Cupcakes

Disney Epcot Garden Festival pop up Restaurants Copy Cat Recipes

easy and delicious maple bacon cupcakes made from my box mix cupcake recipes base

When we were eating our way around the worlds of Epcot (remember the lemon scones from England?) I wasn’t planning on getting anything in America, after all we were eating a LOT of food and why hit up my OWN country? I can get that ANYWHERE!

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Then I looked at the menu!  BACON CUPCAKE???  I haven’t really gotten into the whole maple bacon craze, but I had to at least TRY it, right?  WELL the cupcake was NOT very good.  Too dense, like I couldn’t even finish HALF of one it was that heavy, more like a dense muffin than a cupcake.  But the Maple FROSTING was AMAZING!  (I also didn’t love the pretzel’s on top)

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ANYWAY these babies went on the list of recipes to make!  I was MOST excited about perfecting the Maple icing, (and it’s GOOD) but I also wanted to improve upon the cupcake itself.  I didn’t just want to improve it, I wanted it to actually taste GOOD!

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You guys know I’m a from SCRATCH cook and baker.  Like seriously everything, everything but cupcakes!  I believe cakes should be dense and moist, while cupcakes should be lighter (but still moist).  Good from scratch cakes don’t make great cupcakes and the best cupcake recipes are too light for a cake!

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SO I use cake mixes… YUP!!! Not plain, I doctor them up, make them “more than” regular cake mix cupcakes. You can use this recipe to make ANY flavor of doctored cake mix cupcakes! You can change the flavor in three places, the cake mix, the pudding and the extracts!

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Maple Bacon Cupcakes

24 cupcakes

Maple Bacon Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1/4 C flour
  • 1/3 C dry pudding
  • 1 C water
  • 1/3 C oil
  • 1/4 C mayo
  • 1 tsp maple extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 8 strips of Candied Bacon diced

Directions

  1. Mix the cake mix, flour and pudding and mix
  2. Add the water. oil, mayo and extract and beat
  3. Add the eggs and beat until smooth, about 2 mins on medium
  4. Add the dice bacon and mix until just combined
  5. Scoop into 24 paper lined muffin tins
  6. Bake at 350 for 15 mins, or until cooked through
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So??? are they any good? I seriously can NOT stop eating them! Like AMAZING… They smell divine, like the best breakfast ever, and they taste even better. I did NOT expect to like them! I ended up making 4 dozen and I swear I’ve eaten half of them myself. The kids don’t love them, but the adults all do!

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Now for the frosting you can use any buttercream or cream cheese recipe you usually us and swap out the vanilla and other extracts for Maple Extract. BUT if you want MY recipe (I don’t usually give out my business recipes) it’s my super top secret buttercream!

You can get it one of two ways:

  1. Take my Modern Buttercream Class on atly to get my secret buttercream recipe
  2. Subscribe to my monthly newsletter to get the Maple version of my secret buttercream


Copy Cat Epcot Pop up Restaurants Recipes
England – Lemon Scones
America – Bacon Cupcake with Maple Frosting
Morocco – Lamb Slider
Italy – Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake
France – Gnocchis with mushrooms and Goat Cheese
Mexico – Chocolate Flan
Japan – Hanami Sushi with Shiso Violet Sauce
Epcot bonus pop up – Ghost Pepper Dusted Tilapia
Epcot – Cronut
Hollywood Studios, Brown Derby – Grapefruit cake

Lemon Scones

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An amazing lemon scones recipe #lemon #recipe #lemonscones #scones

Back in March I got to attend an amazing blog bootcamp at Walt Disney World. I hadn’t been to Walt Disney World in YEARS (10 years), but it’s seriously one of my favorite places ever. I went BY MYSELF and squeezed in as much as I could!

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The first afternoon a bunch of us bloggers meet up at Epcot and enjoyed walking around the Garden Festival! It was of course lovely, but the BEST part was the pop up restaurants in each land! I picked my favorites and have been trying to recreate them, copy cat recipes!

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First up Lemon Scones from England! These scones were SO good (and OH MY WORD the smell was AMAZING, we could smell them from Canada!) I actually went back and got another batch that night AND 2 days later I got yet ANOTHER batch!

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The scones by themselves are nice, but with the Berry Coulis and Creme Fraiche??? SERIOUSLY GLORIOUS! OR these are AMAZING with a lemon sugar glaze. It’s nice and sweet and extra lemon-y, Mmmm.

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Lemon Scones

20 minutes

16 minutes

36 minutes

24 scones

Lemon Scones

Ingredients

  • 4 1/2 C flour
  • 2/3 C sugar
  • 2 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Finely grated zest of 2 lemons
  • 6 Tbsp cold butter, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1 1/2 C heavy cream
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten slightly
  • 10 Tbsp freshly squeeze lemon juice

Directions

  1. Heat the oven to 400°.
  2. Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt into a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add the lemon zest and mix again.
  4. Using pastry whips or a pastry blender cut the butter into the mixture until it's become fine crumbs.
  5. Pour in the cream, the yolk, and the lemon juice and blend it together until the dough holds together.
  6. Scrape the dough onto a flour-dusted surface and then, using floured hands, knead it gently three or four times.
  7. Create 4 equal sized balls
  8. Flatten the balls into a disk about 3/4-inch thick, then cut it as you would a pie into 6 wedges.
  9. Bake the scones in the center of the oven until golden brown, about 16 to 18 minutes. Serve with Berry Coulis and Creme Fraiche
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These scones are SUPER easy to make! After I used my zester on my lemons I also chopped them up REALLY finely, I didn’t want any long strings of lemon zest in my scones. Or instead of a zester you can use a fine grater.

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I wasn’t sure what my kids would thing, as they are used to my chocolate chip scones, but they loved them too! They didn’t care for them plain, like I do, and they weren’t sure about the creme fraiche, but they loved the coulis and the glazed versions!

Copy Cat Epcot Pop up Restaurants Recipes
England – Lemon Scones
America – Bacon Cupcake with Maple Frosting
Morocco – Lamb Slider
Italy – Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake
France – Gnocchis with mushrooms and Goat Cheese
Mexico – Chocolate Flan
Japan – Hanami Sushi with Shiso Violet Sauce
Epcot bonus pop up – Ghost Pepper Dusted Tilapia
Epcot – Cronut
Hollywood Studios, Brown Derby – Grapefruit cake

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It literally takes longer to preheat the oven than to prepare these for baking.  I toss everything in my bosch and it’s good to go! It’s an easy enough recipe that the kids can help me make them, which is always fun.  They love helping me shape, cut and then top the scones.
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