Candied Bacon Nut Brittle

Hello Lovely,

For as long as I can remember, I have loved bacon. It was hard going without it when I first gave up meat 13 years ago, but it was the first thing I picked back up when I had to start eating meat again. I still don't eat red meat, and my bacon is turkey bacon, but BACON IS BACON! I have a few friends who don't like bacon and honestly I'm not sure if they've truly lived. But I had to try one more time to convince one of my friends that bacon is the shiznit!

Now I have never eaten brittle before in my life. And to be honest, before finding this recipe from Running to the Kitchen, I thought the only brittle that existed was peanut brittle, and I HATE nuts! Sure I'll eat creamy peanut butter, and white chocolate and macadamia nut cookies, but that's where I draw the line people. Brittle doesn't even sound appetising. But she threw bacon into the mix, so I knew I had to try it. And if anything, I planned on letting my friends eat the nuts while I ate the bacon and hope that no one noticed. They noticed.....but totally didn't care. They LOVED it! One friend even took the leftovers home after she decided that no one else was getting any more.

I never thought I could love Bacon any more than I already do, but I do now! Candied bacon is EVERYTHING!!! There was a slight moment when I thought I ruined the recipe because the bacon started to burn, but I was able to save it! Who knew bacon burned so quickly? What's funny is I'm actually allergic to all things spicy and pepper so I had to make some adjustments to the recipe if I wanted to live. What came out was nothing shy of pure genius!

I have included the original recipe below with my notes on my adjustments. Enjoy!

Candied Bacon Nut Brittle

INGREDIENTS

For the candied bacon

  • 8 ounces slab bacon cut into small cubes (I used turkey bacon and didn't break it until it was cooked)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • zest of 1/2 a lemon (I used lemon juice, probably why it burned so easily)
  • dash cayenne pepper (I used Cajun Seasoning eliminating the need for salt and pepper)
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • pinch of black pepper

For the candied nuts

  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (I used a small bag of mixed nuts from Planters)
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice
  • dash cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Prepare the bacon by combining all the ingredients in a small bowl and tossing until bacon is fully coated. Spread the bacon out onto the parchment lined baking sheet in a single layer.
  3. Bake for 10 minutes until bubbly (It only took about 6 minutes for mine to get bubbly).
  4. Meanwhile, combine all the ingredients for the nuts in the same bowl as the bacon, toss until well coated.
  5. Remove bacon from the baking sheet using a slotted spoon to reduce the amount of grease/fat that gets picked up and place in the bowl with the nuts.
  6. Change out parchment paper on the baking sheet, toss the nuts and bacon together until combined then spread out evenly in a single layer on the baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, tossing once halfway through. Turn off oven, open the door a crack and let sit in the oven for another 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit until hardened and cooled.
  7. Break into pieces, place in a sealed jar for gifts or storage.

YUM! BACON!!! See more of my bacon obsession below for more inspiration: