Bacon Biscotti with Maple Caramel

Sharon Damante

By
@minishar

These bacon rich biscotti have a secret ingredient twist... crystalized ginger. The ginger provides a sweet & spicy backdrop to the applewood bacon. Topped with my luscious maple caramel, these biscotti are a hit with bacon lovers and cookie lovers alike!


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Serves:

24 large biscotti

Prep:

30 Min

Cook:

1 Hr 15 Min

Ingredients

FOR THE BACON BISCOTTI

1 3/4 c
all purpose flour, sifted
1 1/2 c
light brown sugar
1/2 c
chopped pecans
1/2 c
chopped dates
1/4 c
unsalted butter, at room temp
1/2 c
old fashioned rolled oats
6 slice
thick cut applewood bacon (+ reserved fat from cooking)
2+
whole eggs plus 1 egg white
3 Tbsp
crystalized ginger, crushed
1/2 tsp
baking powder
1/2 tsp
baking soda
1 Tbsp
pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp
saigon cinnamon
1/2 tsp
cardamom (optional)

FOR THE MAPLE CARAMEL

1/2 c
unsalted butter
2 Tbsp
granulated sugar
3 Tbsp
maple syrup
1 Tbsp
milk
1 tsp
roasted ground ginger
1/2 tsp
pure vanilla extract
pinch
sea salt

Directions Step-By-Step

1
In a thick bottom skillet or cast iron pan, cook the bacon until crispy. Remove bacon from pan and chop coarsely; reserve bacon fat (should yield approx ¼ cup). Set aside.
2
With a mortar and pestle, grind the crystallized ginger into powder. Set aside.
3
In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar until sugar starts to dissolve. Add the ginger and eggs and continue whisking until airy. Add the vanilla extract to the mix. Add the cinnamon; whisk in. Pour in the bacon fat (1/4 cup).
4
Add the baking powder, baking soda and ½ of the flour; stir until incorporated.

Add in the chopped pecans, dates and the cooked bacon. Stir to incorporate.

Add in the remaining flour and stir to incorporate. Cover the dough with plastic wrap (directly against to keep out air) and refrigerate 2 hours.
5
Preheat oven to 360 degrees.

Remove the dough from the refrigerator and form into two long logs. Place on cookie sheet or rack covered with parchment paper. Press the dough logs to approximately 1 ½ inch high by 4 inches wide. (The logs will extend approximately 12-14 inches in length or to within an inch or two of the edges of your cookie sheet).
6
Bake at 360 degrees for 30 minutes (or until lightly browned and slightly firm.) Remove from oven and let cool 2-3 minutes. Using a bread knife or other serrated knife slice both logs on the bias into individual cookies about one inch in width per piece. Note: Keep a wet towel handy and wipe the knife blade after each cut to keep the cookies uniform and aid in making clean cuts. Separate the cookies to allow air flow and return to oven to bake for another 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to fully cool.
7
To make the caramel, melt the butter and sugar over low heat in a small, heavy bottom saucepan. Add the maple syrup, ground ginger, vanilla extract & pinch of sea salt. Continue to cook over low heat, stirring constantly with a whisk or spoon. When the mixture starts to foam, add in the milk and continue stirring and cooking approximately 7 minutes. The caramel will bubble lightly as it reduces and thickens. Test for viscosity by dipping the back of a metal teaspoon in the mixture… if it sticks to the spoon, but still glides off, it’s ready. Note: The caramel will continue to thicken as it cools, so you should immediately coat the cookies.

Using a teaspoon gently pour the caramel over the cookies in a back and forth motion, forming streaks of caramel across the cookies. The caramel will be sticky, so do not stack the cookies. Refrigerate or set aside in a cool place until service. Cookies can be stored in a single stack in a plastic storage container.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cookies
Hashtags: #Ginger, #maple, #Biscotti