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June 8, 2010

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Bacon Brittle

 

Make bacon brittle at home with this recipe—it’s easy. Photo by Katharine Pollak | THE NIBBLE.

 
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. Bacon Brittle Recipe

 

If you’re having a bacon brittle attack and don’t have time to wait for your order to arrive, here’s an easy recipe to make bacon brittle at home.

It’s from the wonderful bacon cookbook by Sara Perry, Everything Tastes Better With Bacon: 70 Fabulous Recipes For Every Meal Of The Day. This bacon bible includes classic bacon recipes (bacon-wrapped filet mignon, bacon quiche) as well as newer ideas: bacon biscuits, bacon polenta, bacon risotto and many ways to combine bacon with veggies so that your family will eat more greens.

 

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Bacon Brittle Recipe

This recipe from Sara Perry uses pecans instead of peanuts. You can substitute peanuts; but we suggest making both to see which version you prefer.

Makes about one pound of brittle.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup (about 2 ounces) chopped pecans
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup cooked bacon bits (6 to 8 ounces uncooked bacon)

 

Preparation

 
Get the cookbook and add more bacon to your culinary repertoire.
  1. Grease or butter a large nonstick baking sheet.
  2. In a medium heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup and water over medium heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves and the syrup comes to a boil.
  3. Attach a candy thermometer to the pan, increase the heat to high, and cook, without stirring, until the mixture reaches 290°F. Immediately remove from the heat.
  4. Stir in the butter, vanilla, baking soda, pecans and bacon bits. Watch out, the mixture will foam. When the foam subsides, pour the hot mixture onto the prepared baking sheet as thinly as possible. Do not use a spatula.
  5. Cool at least 10 minutes before breaking into pieces. Store in a covered container.

 

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