Can you think of a more perfect combination than bacon and maple syrup? And what is it about this time of year that makes you want to eat these sort of things? It’s not just the weather getting colder, because it’s not too cold where I live and I’m all about cheese sandwiches and hot soups right now, waffles, cookies and cakes. (I fear for my butt…)
Comfort foods have a nostalgic element to them, they make us think back to the dishes we had as children made to us by our moms or grandmothers. There are some staple foods that are part of specific holidays, or family gatherings that take place during this time of year, which brings us back to feeling nostalgic.
According to Webster’s Dictionary, the term Comfort Food refers to “foods consumed to achieve some level of improved emotional status, whether to relieve negative psychological affect or to increase positive. More generally, comfort food can be defined as food that brings some form or measure of comfort, sense of well-being, or easy satisfaction. Such food choices may consist of the simple and familiar.”
We hope you enjoy the recipes we will be posting on our Comfort Week, and to start it off we encourage you to try these waffles for the weekend. They have bits of caramelized bacon in the batter. This recipe yields 10 waffles, and if you want to have more bacon bits in them, go ahead and bake add more strips. I think I’ll bake 15 strips the next time I make them. (You’re already putting bacon in there, so you might as well go all the way)
I included a picture of the most amazing maple syrup, it was sent to me by Vittorio Zucchet who lives in Canada and is currently studying Italian Cuisine in… Italy!.
Brown Sugar Bacon Waffles
For the Bacon
10 slices of bacon
1/4 cup brown sugar
For the Waffles
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup brown sugar
2/3 cups vegetable oil
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups whole milk
(for the bacon)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Spray a baking sheet with non stick cooking spray and line with foil. Arrange bacon in a single layer on the baking sheet.
- Sprinkle generously with brown sugar.
- Place in the upper third of the oven and bake until sugar is caramelized and bacon is brown and crispy, about 10 to 15 minutes.
- Remove from oven. Immediately remove bacon slices using a pair of tongs. Place them on a cutting board (not paper towels, they’ll stick!) to cool before chopping.
- Once cool, chop the bacon into bite size bits and set aside.
(for the waffles)
- Set up your waffle iron on a level, clean surface and turn on to preheat.
- In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and brown sugar. Whisk to blend.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, oil, buttermilk and vanilla extract.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and fold. Once almost fully incorporated, add the bacon bites. Stir.
- Try not to over mix the batter or the waffles will become tough. It’s ok if a few lumps remain in the batter.
Cook according to your waffle machine instructions.
Serve with maple syrup and strawberries.
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