Bacon Almond Brittle

Making candy is something I don’t do often enough. When I’m in the mood for some kitchen therapy, my mind just doesn’t go there. Bacon, on the other hand, my mind goes there a lot. I was working on cleaning out our freezer when I came across a pound of bacon.

I set out to find a recipe to highlight bacon in a sweet treat and stumbled upon this Bacon Almond Brittle. I was instantly intrigued and set out to make the recipe. I cooked the bacon a couple days in advance of making the candy so that it would be quick and easy.

As you can see in the pictures, my caramel came out pretty dark. I definitely burnt it a tiny bit. The clip on my candy thermometer had broken and I don’t think I was getting a good reading from it. Right when I was getting frustrated that things weren’t progressing very quickly, the color started to change very quickly. I cut the heat and mixed everything in, but it had already gone darker than I was expecting.

At the end of the day, I enjoy the taste of burnt caramel, so it wasn’t a complete disaster, but if you’re more careful than I was, yours might not be this dark.

This Bacon Almond Brittle would make a great holiday gift because it makes a fair amount and would ship well. I enjoyed the combination of the smokey/salty bacon, the pepper, and the caramel in this brittle. Next time, I’ll keep a closer eye on it so it’s not so dark though!

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Bacon Almond Brittle

Bacon and peppercorns take almond brittle to new dimensions

Yield: 3 lbs

Ingredients:

4 to 6 slices of good quality bacon
2 cups salted dry-roasted almonds, toasted and coarsely chopped
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp light corn syrup
1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp water
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes, at room temperature
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 salt
1/2 tsp crushed peppercorns

Directions:

Cut the bacon into bite-sized pieces. Place the pieces in a large saute pan and cook over medium heat until crispy, about 10 minutes. Drain on paper towel-lined plate and set aside. Line a baking sheet with a Silpat, waxed paper, or parchment paper---set aside. Combine salt, baking soda, and pepper---set aside.

In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup, and water. Cook this mixture on medium-high heat for about 4 minutes, or until the sugar turns thick and syrupy. Slowly add the softened butter and continue stirring until the mixture emulsifies. Keep cooking and stirring until all the water has boiled off and mixture is golden brown, between 300°F (150°C) and 320°F (160°C).

Remove the pan from the heat. If the mixture is not smooth, whisk until it is smooth. Stir in the baking soda, salt, peppercorns, crispy bacon bits, and almonds. Quickly but carefully pour the brittle onto the prepared baking sheet.

Once the brittle has cooled and hardened, break it into bite-sized pieces or larger chunks. Store in a tightly sealed container for up to 1 week.

Recipe from I Love Bacon!, as seen on gastronomy

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4 Responses to “Spaghetti and Meatballs for a Crowd”

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    Nancy Blume-Watson — November 30, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Jen made the meatballs for our family. She made both regular spaghetti and spaghetti squash for the carb watchers in the family. I chose the spaghetti squash to go with the meatballs and it was delicious! My only dissapointment was there were none left over when I checked the fridge for lunch! I can’t wait to make these!!!

    • beantownbaker — December 1st, 2013 @ 6:51 pm

      Let me know how they turn out for you. I’ve subbed bacon for the prosciutto in the meatballs in the past before. It makes a LOT so be ready for leftovers/

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    schatzi — March 19, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    I use a 19 oz package of Johnsonville Italian sausage (hot) for the ground pork and prosciutto when i make these meatballs. The gelatin is a key ingredient (don’t omit).
    I grew up in an Italian home and I gotta tell ya this is my go-to recipe for the best meatballs and spaghetti sauce.
    Making it this weekend for my manicotti — looking forward to the compliments!

    • beantownbaker — March 25th, 2014 @ 9:27 pm

      So glad you agree that this is a great recipe! The gelatin is definitely a key ingredient.

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