Bourbon Bacon Brownies with Pecans

Last week, Food & Wine magazine tweeted this recipe and I knew we just HAD to make it. How could we not when it combines three of our favorite things: bourbon, bacon and brownies! Though the recipe called for a 9-inch square baking pan, we only had an 8-inch, so the end product was much thicker than intended; however, I think this helped the texture immensely.  They were extremely dense and moist. Contrary to what you’d think, the taste was not that different than any other homemade brownie. The alcohol taste disappeared and was replaced with a slightly bitter after taste. I love the combo of the chocolate with bacon. I did not, however, care for the crunchy pecan on top.

Overall, I give this recipe an okay rating; however, I took a batch to a meeting on Saturday and it received rave reviews, especially for texture. If we were to make these again, we’d leave out the pecans and perhaps the bourbon. A super moist bacon brownie sounds devine.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/2 pound sliced bacon
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1 stick plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 packed cup light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons bourbon
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Preparation:

Preheat the oven to 350°. Line a 9-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, allowing 2 inches of overhang on 2 opposite sides. Spray the paper with vegetable spray. Spread the pecans in a pie plate and toast for about 8 minutes, until fragrant. Let cool, then coarsely chop the nuts.

In a skillet, cook the bacon over moderate heat, turning once, until crisp, 6 minutes. Drain on paper towels and let cool; reserve 3 tablespoons of the fat. Finely chop the bacon.

In a saucepan, combine both chocolates with the butter and stir over very low heat, until melted; scrape into a large bowl. Using a handheld electric mixer, beat in both sugars with the reserved 3 tablespoons of bacon fat. Beat in the bourbon. Add the eggs and salt and beat until smooth. Sift the cocoa and flour into the bowl and beat until blended.

Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle the bacon and pecans on top. Bake for about 50 minutes, until the brownies are set around the edges but slightly wobbly in the center; a toothpick inserted into the center should have some batter clinging to it. Transfer the pan to a rack and let the brownies cool completely. Lift the brownies out of the pan using the parchment paper. Cut into squares or rectangles and serve.

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