Have you ever tried chocolate covered bacon? What about those chocolate bars with red chili bits in them? Well if you haven’t, you should. Just to say you tried it and get the people who are bugging you to try it, off your back.
And if you like either of those, why not put them together? That’s where my mind was when I was thinking brownies. Brownies with bacon AND cayenne pepper? Hold the front door! Plus throwing in bourbon walnuts? I’ve gone over the top….well, not yet. How about adding a little bacon grease to it as well? Oh yes, I went there. (Don’t tell my trainer or any of my Fitness pals. SHHHH!) After they came out of the oven and cooled, which was very difficult to wait for, I tried a piece. But there was something missing.
I know, I know. You’re thinking “You have everything in those brownies, what else could be missing?” Two words: Orange Marmalade. Oh….my……
Brownies are almost every single person’s friend. For me, however, they fall into the category of “Food-that-is-better-out-of-the-box”. Yes, ‘brownies’ are a food, let’s move on. As I was saying, I feel brownies are better out of the box. Doesn’t mean I don’t know how to make them from scratch, I do…they just well, suck.
Boxed is better for me…
Just make these and eat. Oh, and wipe your mouth after chasing the 4th one with a huge glass of milk.
These brownies are indescribable. First you get hit with the orange marmalade quickly followed by the fudginess (is that a word?) of the brownie. The bacon and nuts dance in your mouth with compatable flavor making you want to take another bite. When you finish that brownie, that’s when the cayenne kicks in, but only with a little nip. Enough for you to remember it is there.
- 1 20 oz. box Ghiradelli Double Chocolate Brownie Mix
- ⅓ cup Water
- 1 Tbs. Bacon Grease
- Enough Safflower oil to make ⅓ cup WITH Bacon Grease
- 1 egg, room temperature
- 5 - 7 Strips Bacon
- ¼ tsp. Cayenne Pepper
- ½ - ¾ cup Bourbon
- ½ cup walnuts, chopped
- 1 - 2 Tbs, Orange Marmalade
- Place walnuts in bowl and cover with bourbon until just covered. Allow this to sit until half the bourbon is absorbed.
- Fry bacon until crisp, reserving 1 Tbs. bacon grease. Set bacon aside to cool, then crumble into small pieces.
- Place walnuts on a cookie sheet in a single layer and toast in the oven at 350 degrees for about 15 - 20 minutes or until just browning, turning once. Set aside to cool.
- Mix walnuts and crumbled bacon together and reserve 1 Tbs of this mixture to top the brownies.
- Make brownies according to package, adding the water, egg and oil. You want a total of ⅓ cup oil - 1 Tbs. bacon grease and then however much more of safflower oil to make ⅓ cup.
- Add cayenne pepper, bacon and walnuts to brownie mix stirring until just incorporated.
- Pour batter into a greased 8x8 glass pan. Sprinkle reserved bacon and walnuts on top. Bake in a 325 degree oven for 40 - 45 minutes. Do not over bake, check the brownies by inserting a toothpick in the middle. You want a little bit of brownie sticking to the toothpick when it comes out.
- Cool completely before cutting...if you can. Makes 16, 2 inch squares.
- Melt orange marmalade in microwave for 10 seconds and drizzle over brownies.