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The process, the pictures, the BACON
Apologies for some of the shitty pictures... I didn't realise what setting the camera was on til later.
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- First things first. Gather ingredients! After a trip to the store, I am ready to bake. I have beverages and all the relevant components of bacon-chocolate cupcakes. The beer did not go into the batter, but rather straight into my belly.
- Recipe calls for cold coffee. I am not a coffee drinker. The only coffee maker is this crazy espresso contraption in the corner. I think I ended up with 1 long shot of espresso, topped up with hot water to the 1 c. mark. /li>
- Bacon! Recipe tells me to cook it in a pan, but given ratio of available pans to amount of bacon, I decide to do it on cookie sheets, lined with parchment paper, in the oven.
- It is shortly after this I realise that I will need to drain some bacon grease in order to ensure the crispyness factor. What to drain into? No empty cans lying about... fortunately I find a can of water that I can drink to make available the bacon grease receptacle.
- It always surprises me how much bacon shrinks when cooked.
- De-greasing the bacon.
- I sampled a couple of the less crispy bacon strips...for science!
- The dry ingredients.
- The halfway completed product!
- 3/4 of the bacon is mixed into the batter. This papertowel used to be full of bacon bits.
- Into the time machine they go!
- Almost done
- Baked! THEY SMELL GOOD.
- A break for dinner. Salmon with onion, capers, lemon juice, and olive oil.
- I know what's missing! ICING.
- Modified icing recipe for dipping!
- Smoooooth chocolately goodness! Would have been smoother if I owned a sieve.
- The final product.
- Attempted bacon moustache garnish.
- OM NOM NOM NOM NOM.
Dark Chocolate Bacon Cupcakes by mkecupcakequeen
- Used long shot of espresso topped up with water (this is close to coffee, right?).
- Did toothpick test after 15min. Half were done. So pays to check earlier than 20min.
- I didn't dust with cocoa.
- Used 1 pkg bacon rather than 12 specific slices.... which after sampling (for science!) was probably 12 pieces.
Icing recipe:Kate Aitken's Cook Book of which our copy is falling apart and held together by a rubber band. I think my Grandma gave it to my Mom when she moved out. IN 1974. It is now disintegrating.
1 T softened butter
1/4 c cocoa
2 t. boiling water
2 T all-purpose flour
1 c sifted icing sugar
calls for pinch of salt, but I didn't put it in, figuring that there was plenty of salt in the bacon already.
Also added more water than requested.
Blend together butter, cocoa and boiling water; mix together icing sugar and flour; gradually add to first mixture. Beat until smooth and creamy.... then add some more boiling water to get icing to a dippable consistency.
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