A friend once told me that everything is better with bacon. After today, I think he might have known a thing or two. The vanilla-thyme cupcakes were an inspiration and encouraged me to take more of a walk outside the box rather than just a step. I have been reading a blog lately that I think I have fallen in love with, Vanilla Garlic. The man who writes it has quite a history working with some reputable groups. His take on cooking and baking is abstract and brilliant. I have only grazed the surface when it comes to what he has to offer with his mouthwatering fare, but I have many plans to continue tasting his delightful treats and savory wonders.
This adventure began today with a pan of bacon and some maple syrup. It ended with nine incredible Maple Bacon Cupcakes. All along the way my hubbs repeatedly peeked in, first of all to know when breakfast was going to be ready, and second to see what the heck I was doing. His hesitation was markedly more while I was bakin’ with bacon than it was with the thyme cupcakes. My excitement grew with each step of the mixing process, knowing this was either going to be one of the best successes of this month or a complete disaster.
Finally the time came to taste the end result and we simultaneously bit into our cupcakes. I was floored by the marvelous maple and a bit surprised by the lack of bacon taste. Truly, it had all the charming tastes of breakfast rolled into one little cupcake. A party in my mouth. I was pleased that instead of putting salt on top as recommended in the recipe, I had sprinkled more bacon. This justly brought out the essence of bacon I was expecting when I decided to delve into this creation.
This is another fantastic recipe to make and take to a brunch get together. People will be jolted by the taste and demand you share the recipe with them for this different concoction. Just tell them, “everything is better with bacon.”
*HINT* I would have the bacon and drippings cooked the night before if you will be preparing this for breakfast. Without the requirement of cooking the bacon and waiting for the grease to solidfy, my husband wouldn’t have been bothering me about breakfast so much this morning!
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