Happy Memorial Day Friends! Please remember to take a moment today and reflect on the service men and women for whom this holiday is dedicated.
I am spending my long weekend in Richmond for a wedding, so in an effort to save time, decided to utilize another Biscuit-Fest reject recipe for your viewing pleasure…Chocolate Bacon Biscuits with a Candied Bacon Glaze. The sweet/salty combination of flavors in this biscuit are surprisingly delicious – and this was by far, the most popular of all my biscuit-fest recipes.
Unfortunately, I was so involved with making this recipe that I failed to take pictures during the process. It is pretty similar to the process I used for my RosemaryFeta Biscuits, so if you want pictures, feel free to take a gander there.
It’s worth noting that the key in this recipe, is really good bacon – such as Benton’s. (Read about my bacon adventures here) and really cold ingredients. But rest assured, you really can do no wrong when bacon and chocolate is involved. Enjoy!
Chocolate Bacon Biscuits with a Candied Bacon Glaze
Yields: 6 biscuits
For the biscuits:
- 2 cups flour
- 2 tablespoons white sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- 2 tablespoons sour cream
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup mini semi-sweet chocolate baking chips
- ½ cup crumbled Benton’s bacon
- ¾ cup very cold unsalted butter
- ½ – ¾ cup cold buttermilk
- 8 tablespoons real maple syrup
For the Candied Bacon:
- 3 strips of Benton’s Bacon
- ½ cup dark brown sugar
- 4 tablespoons real maple syrup
For the Biscuits:
- Preheat the oven to 450°
- Lightly butter a non-stick backing sheet
- Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, sour cream, and salt into a bowl and stir.
- Incorporate the chocolate chips and bacon bits
- Grate the cold butter using the largest holes of a cheese grater and add to the flour mixture.
- Cut the mixture with a lattice dough cutter until it resembles cornmeal.
- Slowly add the milk, starting with ½ cup and adding more until the mixture begins to clump together.
- On a well-floured board, quickly mix to dough into a ball using your hands – be careful not to handle too much.
- Roll the dough out to 1 inch thick.
- Using a 3 inch biscuit cutter, cut the biscuits out and place on the butter baking sheet.
- Cook for 18 minutes – or just until the biscuits begin to brown.
- Remove them from the oven and brush lightly with maple syrup.
- Put the biscuits back in the oven for an additional 5 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Remove the biscuits and immediately brush with the remaining syrup.
- Sprinkle the warm biscuits with a piece of candied bacon or candied bacon crumbles.
For the Candied Bacon:
- Preheat oven to 350°
- Pour the brown sugar into a bowl
- Using your hands, toss the bacon – one slice at a time – in the sugar until well coated.
- Place the strips on a wire rack over a baking sheet lined with foil.
- Spoon the maple syrup evenly over each slice.
- Sprinkle each slice with more sugar.
- Bake in the oven for 12 minutes, rotate the pan, and bake an additional 12 minutes.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool.