These muffins have pieces of apple and bacon in them and are NOT sweet, which is why I added a maple syrup glaze to balance the saltiness of the bacon. It makes for a delicious breakfast item. Next week, I shall attempt to turn these into donuts!! The recipe is from the Williams-Sonoma baking book, but I made a few minor changes here and there. Posted is my version of the recipe.
|My first attempt at baking with bacon.|
- 5 slices bacon
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1 egg
- 1 apple, peeled and chopped into tiny pieces
- 4 tablespoons maple syrup
- Powdered sugar (optional)
- Cook bacon until crispy. Crumble into bits. Set aside.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line your muffin pan.
- Stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- Stir together buttermilk, vegetable oil, and egg.
- Pour wet mixture into dry mixture. Stir until combined.
- Add apple pieces and bacon. Add the amount of bacon that looks right to you; it's fine if you have some left over.
- Spoon batter into muffin pan and bake for 20 minutes. They're ready when you stick a toothpick in them and it comes out clean. These babies rise so nicely!
- Making the glaze: Pour some maple syrup in a small bowl (you can estimate how much you need; I'm only guessing that I used 4 tablespoons). If you want your glaze sweeter, add powdered sugar to taste. Once the muffins are out of the oven, drizzle the glaze on them while they're still warm; this way, the muffins absorb the syrup more. I even took a fork and stabbed a couple holes into my muffins to make sure the syrup seeped in.
|... to this!|
I didn't try this, but perhaps the muffins would be even better if you added syrup into the batter itself before baking? Just a thought.
A note on maple syrup: that stuff is expensive. Good thing mine was a gift from a family friend who was traveling through Canada. Regular supermarket pancake syrup works fine too, though it might not taste as mapley as real maple syrup.