Well, I promised you some bacon recipes from Niamh (Knee-uv) Shields' book Bacon The Cookbook, and here she be, my hearties. The first cab off the rank; all the bacon and maple syrup flavour you could ask for. Niamh uses this candied bacon in quite a few of her recipes, so I decided to post this recipe separately so it's easy to find on the blog.
This is a wonderful book, full of colour and fun, and really interesting recipes. There are lovely, colourful drawings and photos, which are a pleasure to the eye. Niamh has filled it with sweet and savoury dishes, and even tells you how to cure bacon yourself. Eek, not sure I'll go there. I think that's a pig too far for me :-) (And she has researched the curing process and use of nitrites, which makes for interesting reading.)
|sticky, sweet, savoury, bacon-y bacon|
about 300g./10.5oz of smoked streaky bacon
100 mL/3.5oz of good quality maple syrup (not maple-flavoured)
Put the bacon slices in a large mixing bowl, pour over the maple syrup and massage the two together till well and truly married
Put aside for an hour, covered and in the fridge
Turn your oven to 180C/350F, then while it's warming up, place the bacon slices onto two baking paper-lined oven trays
Pour any lingering syrup over the bacon
Bake for ten minutes, take out the trays and turn the slices over
Bake for another ten minutes - you want to see sticky strands of syrup hanging off the slices - and if you don't, shove 'em back into the oven for a few minutes till you do (mine took about thirty mins. but I have a veeery slow oven)
Let them cool right down, as they will be hot hot hot!
You can store them in clingwrap or baking paper in an airtight container in the fridge for a few days
I suggest getting your bacon from the deli section, rather than in a packet. It will (hopefully) be fresher, and better quality. Niamh suggests using 12 slices of bacon, but when I measured mine, they ranged from 30 grams to 50 grams, so go by weight rather than the number of slices
|massage the bacon and maple syrup together well|
|lay the bacon on the trays after marinating for an hour|
|see the beautifully sticky threads?|
|mm just one tiny burnt bit - but still delicious|
Our longtime friend Kara, formerly known as Karin, aka Karen, always said she could never be a vegetarian because of bacon! I think I have to agree. There is just nothing like bacon, my friends. My cousin gave me some coconut faux bacon for Christmas. Oh dear! Hubby and I were vegos for a decade, and as many a lapsed vego has said: 'It was the bacon that drew me back'. Niamh knew exactly what she was doing with this book!
|© Sherry M.|