Jun 27, 2010

Blackberry Pig Candy Muffins

Hi everyone :) Today I have a very special recipe for you. Muffins with pig candy! And with the addition of blackberries it's simply hilarious! Once again I had a huge lot of frozen blackberries in my freezer. I always try to use all these fruit leftovers :D But I really had plenty of them! However, I was very interested in this recipe. I've never ever combined sweet stuff with candied bacon (aka pig candy), so I was really impressed.

The recipe is slightly adapted from jamesstarmer.com.

And here's the recipe :)

You'll need for 24 muffins:
Candied Bacon (Pig Candy):
  • 225 g bacon
  • aprox. 2 cups brown sugar (probably much less)

  • 113 g butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 260 g sugar
  • 450 g all-purpose flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • pinch of baking soda
  • 250 ml milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 cups blackberries (frozen or fresh)
  • 1 tsp pepper

1. Lay the bacon on a sheet pan on a top of a parchment paper.
2. Dust each strip of bacon with 2 tsp of brown sugar. Be careful - sugar has to be on the bacon, otherwise it will be burnt and you can start all over again!
3. Bake in preheated oven to 200C for 15 - 20 mins. Then lower the temperature to a low medium heat.
4. When done, remove from the sheet pan immediately!
5. The flip half way through in the sugar left on the sheet pan.
6. Let cool completely and chop into bits.
7. Now prepare the dough. In a bowl cream butter with sugar and add eggs.

8. Reserve 3 tbsp of the flour for blackberries.
9. Combine the remaining flour with baking powder, salt, pepper and baking soda.
10. Sprinkle reserved flour over berries (you can add some vanilla sugar).
11. Add milk, vanilla essence and flour mixture to the creamed butter-egg mixture.
12. Gently fold chopped candied bacon and blackberries into the mixture.

13. Fill each muffin cup up to the top.
14. Bake in preheated oven to 180C for 20 - 30 mins or until slightly golden brown.
Bon Appetite!

The Final Word:
This dough is truly wonderful. It's soft and tender and it's not too dry inside. The pig candy tastes almost like some dried fruit and it's a little bit tough. Anyway, I highly recommend to reheat each muffin before eating so they're nicely warm.

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