When Karly and I were choosing the ingredients we wanted to work with for the Cook-Off, bacon was on both of our lists. I understand people who don't want to eat a lot of pork, but they can't mean bacon, right? There's just nothing like the smell of coffee and bacon in the morning, and there are countless ways to incorporate it into a meal! Even dessert!
We know that chefs, professional and novice alike, have ventured out to make a dessert with bacon. For myself, I thought of two treats and just couldn't bring myself to narrow it down. I made a brittle and a bark! These are super easy and quick to make. Only about 30 minutes for the brittle, and 15 for the bark.
This recipe for Cashew Bacon Brittle is actually something I thought up on my own. But when I did a Google search for a possible recipe, quite a few popped up, so I obviously was not the only one to imagine such a sweet and salty treat. Try it! You'll like it!
NOTE: I guess I didn't follow the directions to heat the sugar high enough or long enough, because the color was light, and it kind of foamed up, but that didn't affect the flavor and the overall impression of this delectable snack! I will definitely make this again!
CASHEW BACON BRITTLE (from www.Chow.com)
2/3 cup raw cashews (about 4 ounces)
8 ounces bacon
2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
"Food is never just food. It's also a way of getting at something else: who we are, who we have been, & who we want to be." -- Molly Wizenberg