Brown Sugar Bacon Waffles

(originally made 1/2011)

Yesterday was National Waffle day (thanks Shannon!) and I grab every reason I can to use my Flipside waffle maker.   I love that thing.     :)    Since I had bacon left over from another recipe, I decided on this one from the Fake Ginger blog.    The base waffle is delicious, and totally would stand up on it's own without the bacon added.     I only used half the amount in the batter and reserved some to sprinkle over the top.    Served up with the last of my real NH maple syrup from Maple Weekend, and it made a wonderful meal for Jake and I.    I got 5 Belgian waffles from this, and I always freeze the extras to reheat.    No separating eggs for this one, so it's a heavier waffle, but still crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.

* Exported from MasterCook *

                        Brown Sugar Bacon Waffles

 Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
--------  ------------  --------------------------------
  10            slices  bacon
     1/4           cup  brown sugar
  3               cups  all-purpose flour
  1         Tablespoon  baking powder
  1           teaspoon  baking soda
  1           teaspoon  salt
     1/4           cup  brown sugar
     2/3          cups  canola or grapeseed oil
  4              large  eggs
  2          teaspoons  vanilla extract
  2 1/2           cups  buttermilk

For the bacon:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Spray a baking sheet with non stick cooking spray and line with foil.  Arrange bacon in a single layer on the baking sheet.  Sprinkle generously with brown sugar.  Place in the upper third of the oven and bake until sugar is caramelized and bacon is brown and crispy, about 10 to 15 minutes.  Remove from oven.  Immediately remove bacon slices using a pair of tongs.  Place them on a cutting board (not paper towels, they’ll stick!) to cool before chopping.  Once cool, chop the bacon into bite size bits and set aside.

For the waffles:
Set up your waffle iron on a level, clean surface and turn on to preheat.
In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and brown sugar.  Whisk to blend.  In a  medium bowl, whisk together eggs, oil, buttermilk and vanilla extract.  Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and fold.  Once almost fully incorporated, add the bacon bites.  Stir.  Try not to over mix the batter or the waffles will become tough.  It’s ok if a few lumps remain in the batter.
Cook according to your waffle machine instructions.



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