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When a Bacon Fantasy Becomes a Bacon Reality: Applewood Bacon Toffee!

When a Bacon Fantasy Becomes a Bacon Reality: Applewood Bacon Toffee!
When a Bacon Fantasy Becomes a Bacon Reality: Applewood Bacon Toffee!
Chef Larry Edwards/Casa de Cuisine

You have to pity the poor fools who have no vision. When you venture around the internet and are looking for bacon recipes, you can become bored to the point where bacon becomes ho-hum. Yes, the internet and the many so-called cooking/food sites have rendered bacon boring!

In creating Applewood Bacon Toffee, our thought process was simple. Be outrageous and be damn delicious. So we took a favorite homemade candy at Casa de Cuisine and combined it with everyone's favorite part of Porky. The outcome? A downright addictive new candy treat we lovingly call Applewood Bacon Toffee. In every bite you get the wondrous taste of applewood smoked bacon combined with the rich sweetness of homemade toffee. Simple fact: Bacon cannot get any better!

Ingredients needed to make Applewood Bacon Toffee:

  • 1/2 pound applewood smoked bacon, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 Tbs. butter
  • 1 Tbs. vanilla

Steps:

  1. On your counter, place a large piece of parchment paper and liberally oil it.
  2. In a medium skillet over medium heat, add the bacon and cook until crisp.
  3. Remove the bacon from the pan and discard the rendered bacon fat.
  4. In a heavy medium saucepan over medium heat, add the sugar and stir until it melts. Before it gets fully melted, it will crystalize. This is normal, so don't worry.
  5. Once the sugar has melted and is a dark amber in color, remove from the heat and stir in the bacon.
  6. Stir in the butter and vanilla. There will be a minor implosion when the butter and vanilla hit the molten hot sugar syrup. Don't worry, this is natural.
  7. Pour the mixture onto the prepared piece of parchment paper and spread it out thin with an oiled spatula.
  8. Once the mixture has hardened (about 40 minutes), break it apart and enjoy!

The new cookbook from Chef Larry Edwards is now available from Amazon.com and bookstores worldwide. One of the most anticipated cookbooks of the year, "Edwardian Cooking: Inspired by Downton Abbey's Elegant Meals."