Friday, 20 April 2012

Friday Food Lust - Nigella's Bacon Brownies


nigella bacon brownie, nigella lawson recipe,
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I reckon that this recipe for Nigella Lawson's Bacon Brownies is going to be a bit like Marmite. But for the dubious and sceptical (I can already see some of you turning your noses up!), just hear me out...

Some of the best combinations in the world combine savoury and sweet. And, no, I'm not talking Heston's Snail Porridge or his Bacon and Egg ice cream. Think salted caramel ice cream, chilli chocolate, salted chocolate...you get the idea. 

So, given that a certain saltiness seems to work so well with chocolate and puddings in general, why not embrace bacon and brownies? 

Go on, be daring in your baking this weekend!

Sam x


Ingredients:

125g thin rashers of streaky bacon, scissored into small pieces and then chopped fine
2 tsp golden syrup
150g soft, unsalted butter
250g soft light brown sugar
75g cocoa powder
150g plain flour
1 tsp bicarb
4 large eggs, beaten
150g dark chocolate, chopped

Method:

1) Preheat the oven to 190°C and line a 25cm square baking tin.

2) Heat a frying pan, then add the bacon bits and cook, stirring occasionally until they start to go crisp and brown. Drizzle over the syrup, stir again and then remove the sticky bacon from the pan and onto a cool plate. (Nigella - in true Nigella style - suggests mopping up the syrupy bacon juices with some bread. Yum!)

3) Melt the butter over a gentle heat, then pour in the sugar and stir.

4) Remove the pan from the heat, then add the cocoa, flour, bicarbonate of soda and stir. Next, add the beaten eggs and stir again.

5) Chuck in both the dark chocolate and the bacon bits, then fold together and pour the whole gooey mixture into the tin.

6) Place in the oven to cook for 20-25 minutes - be sure to remove it from the oven while there is still a little stickiness to the brownies!

7) Leave to cool, then cut and devour...