What madness is this? Bacon and chocolate brought together in truffle form? It may sound strange, but these little balls of intense flavour will win you friends.
When thinking of bacon in sweets, remember how you first felt when you heard about salted caramel. Right? This is just as good, some might say even better.
Bacon and sugar love each other and so they should. Combined in an oven, the bacon will have a sugar toffee coating that will snap, and that is the secret ingredient in these truffles.
Bourbon has to be invited to the party as its rumbly alcoholic tones complete the trinity. Go on, you know you want to try them...
Bourbon bacon chocolate truffles recipe
6 slices of streaky bacon
6 heaped tbsp brown sugar
250 ml cream
250g dark chocolate
Start by candying your bacon. Preheat your oven to 200ºC and put one heaped tbsp of sugar on each bacon slice rubbing it in on each side with your fingers. Lay out flat and cook for 10 minutes, turn and lay flat and cook for 10 more minutes. Take each slice out and lay on a buttered plate or greaseproof paper and allow to cool. Chop finely when cold.
Heat the cream until it just shivers, if you boil it it will change the taste and be too hot for the chocolate. Add the chocolate off the heat and stir in to melt, and add the bourbon and bacon. Stir in and leave to chill in the fridge for 2 hours until solid.
Put the cocoa on a plate and scoop out your truffles with a teaspoon, or for a perfect round with a melon baler. Roll them in the cocoa and then they are ready.
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