This is the one and only time anything really good has come out of Nick purchasing alcohol. When he walked in with this I was a bit excited. I enjoy drinking Bourbon. The taste, and smell, the sweetness, and something just feels warm about it. So after having a sip or two of Bourbon I started to think of how I was going to get more out of this bottle.
I spent a while looking for a recipe that I really loved, but all of the brownies appeared to me as very cakey, and had about 6 eggs in them and two different kinds of chocolate. I needed something that I didn't have to go to the store for. After a long search with no results, I figured I would have to figure this out myself. I started off with a base recipe for some fudgey brownies and adapted it to really get a bourbon brownie.
These brownies are not for whoosies! They have a strong bourbon taste, verk oaky mixed with a rich chocolate taste. They are definitely for a mature palate - and someone with an acquired taste for bourbon. I like to think of them as man brownies, I mean, come on, they have bacon! This recipe could easily be changed into bacon brownies sans the bourbon and substituted with water.
- 1 and 1/3 cup of flour
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup butter
- 1/2 cup bourbon, you could also use 1/4 cup
- 1 package of bacon
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup pecans
- 1/4 cup caramel sauce
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line an 8x8 pan with parchment paper leaving enough for an overhang. Line a baking sheet with foil for the bacon.
- Place bacon onto your baking sheet and bake in the oven for 15 minutes.
- Now, In a saucepan melt your butter. Once melted add your sugar, vanilla, bourbon and if you're feeling extra fun, a teaspoon of bacon grease once your bacon finishes.
- In a large bowl sift together your cocoa powder, flour, baking soda, and salt.
- Add your bourbon mixture to the flour mixture and mix till just combined being sure not to over mix.
- Add your eggs and using a whisk, mix well. You should now have a smooth batter
- Chop your bacon into thin slices. Add half of the bacon into the batter and stir.
- Pour your batter into prepared 8x8 pan. Sprinkle the last half of bacon onto the top of the uncooked brownies. Set aside.
- Using the same baking sheet, add three pieces of bacon (or however much really, this is the crispy topping) sprinkle your bacon with brown sugar and pecans.
- Place brownies and bacon in the oven. Bake brownies for 40 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out with moist bits of brownie, but not wet. Cook bacon until crispy.
- Once done, cut the brown sugar bacon and pecans then sprinkle onto brownies. Drizzle with caramel sauce. Enjoy!