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Quick jump: Standard Caramelised Bacon  -  "Light" Caramelised Bacon

Caramelised bacon is a core ingredient in many of the recipes you will find in The Bacon Bible, as it's a great way of adapting bacon for sweeter recipes. In fact, caramelising bacon is how my obsession with bacon started. a friend of mine introduced me to bacon ice cream, which is the first time I came across caramelised bacon, and life hasn't been the same since.

There are a few variations on how to caramelise the bacon depending on what you'll be using it for. That said, you can generally use any of the mehods listed for most of the recipes that call for it, the main difference between the recipes is how sweet and/or crispy the bacon turns out.

Standard Caramelised Bacon - The sweetest variety!

You'll need:

  • 100g of Bacon
  • 150g of Light Brown Sugar
  • 2-3tbsp of Liquid*
*Water is the standard liquid of choice, and what you should be using if you're unsure. However, if you want to add a bit of a twist to your bacon, you can replace the water with a more exciting liquid such as Whisky or Rum.

Sugar-liquidMethod:

  1. Set your over to about 220 degrees celsius, or 180-200 if you've got a fan assisted oven, and line a baking tray with baking/parchment paper
  2. Grab a bowl big enough to fit your sugar and water comfortably
  3. Measure out and put yoru sugar in the bowl, adding liquid one tablespoon at a time until you've got a thick liquid consistency. You don't want it go water/soupy, though, so be careful not to add too much! See ADD PICTURE NUMBER HERE to get an idea of the consistency you're looking for.
  4. Dip the bacon into the sugar-liquid mixture and make sure to cover both sides. It doesn't really matter how you go about doing this.
  5. Place each slice onto the pre-lined baking tray, and once done bake at the top of the oven for roughly 15 minutes. The bacon will stiffen a bit as it cools down, so if it looks cooked but is still soft, don't worry too much. Most of my recipes will call for a slightly chewy consistency.

"Light" Caramelised Bacon - For the health-conscious..

You'll need:

  • 100g of Bacon
  • 150g of Light Brown Sugar
  • 2-3tbsp Liquid*
* See note for standard caramelised bacon.

Method:

Hang on just a second there, buddy, this is exactly the same recipe as above. How's it healthier? Ah, keen reader, the difference lies in how you cook the bacon.Light CaramelisedBacon

  1. Follow steps 1 to 4 in the Standard Caramelised Bacon recipe, above.
  2. Don't place the bacon on the baking tray! Instead, place a cooling rack ontop of the tray and put your bacon on that. The tray is there to catch all the sugar and fat that will drip from the rack. Note: do not attempt this without a baking tray, or at least use something to catch all the dripping, or cleaning your oven will be hell. Trust me, I've done it..

This method will give you a lighter, less sweet bacon.



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