I ran across a recipe entitled “Brown Sugar Bacon Waffles” on Joy the Baker’s blog and immediately knew I was going to have to try it. Bacon caramelized with brown sugar and stirred into waffle batter?? Oh yeah, I’m there. But if the title isn’t enough to convince you, I will impart a portion of her blog (which I heartily agree with):
“These waffles need to be made now, tonight, first thing tomorrow morning, or whenever you get hungry… now? They’re that good.”
Brown Sugar Bacon Waffles
Adapted from Joy the Baker
For the Bacon
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a baking sheet with non stick cooking spray and line with foil. Arrange bacon in a single layer on the baking sheet. Sprinkle generously with brown sugar. Place in the upper third of the oven and bake until sugar is caramelized and bacon is brown and crispy, about 10 to 15 minutes. (I used some super thick, big bacon slices so I only used five and had to cook them 20 minutes.) Remove from oven. Immediately remove bacon slices using a pair of tongs. Work quickly or they will stick. Place them on a cutting board (not paper towels, they’ll stick!) to cool before chopping. Once cool, chop the bacon into bite size bits and set aside.
For the Waffles
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup brown sugar
2/3 cups vegetable oil
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups buttermilk
*If you don’t eat bacon, try adding 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg and 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon to the batter. Yum!
Set up your waffle iron on a level surface and turn on to preheat.
In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and brown sugar. Whisk to blend. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, oil, buttermilk and vanilla extract. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and fold. Once almost fully incorporated, add the bacon bits. Stir. Try not to over mix the batter or the waffles will become tough. It’s OK if a few lumps remain in the batter.
Cook according to your waffle machine instructions.
Serve with real maple syrup and strawberries. And a side of fried eggs & more bacon if your cholesterol count could use a little boost.