Bakin’ with Bacon in Baconia

Greetings Baconians!  Welcome To My Castle Kitchen!

Today I am going to whip up a fabulous cake for you with our favorite food item – BACON!     It’s a BACON MAPLE CAKE and you’re gonna LOVE IT!

Bacon Maple Cake

Ingredients:

 

1 lb. maple bacon (not maplewood smoked – although if you can’t find MAPLE bacon – this works!!)

1 box butter yellow recipe cake mix
eggs
2/3 cup water
1 1/2 stick butter
1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup maple syrup

FROSTING:

1 stick butter

1 1/2 cconfectioners’ sugar (or more for spreadable consistency)

1/8 cup maple syrup (or 1/2 tsp. maple flavor)
MAKING THE CAKE………………………………..
  • Cut bacon into 1 inch pieces, cook over med-low heat in skillet – don’t make it “crunchy” by cooking too much! Cool on paper towels to absorb excess grease.
    Set aside.
  • PREHEAT OVEN TO 350, Butter and flour two 9″ round cake pans.
    Make the cake according to directions on box, using the 3 eggs, 2/3 cup water, and one stick of softened butter.
  • Coarsely mix in half a stick of softened butter with the brown sugar, and sprinkle evenly on the bottom of the cake pans keeping away from the edge about a half inch. Drizzle the syrup over the sugar. Divide the batter among the two pans, pouring over the syrup/sugar mix. Bake for 23-25 minutes, check for doneness with toothpick.
  • Cool in pan for 10 minutes (no more!)and invert cakes out of pan carefully onto plates to cool completely.
  • Take about 2/3 of the cooled bacon and dice VERY fine.
  • FROSTING: Beat one stick butter til creamy, add confectioners sugar one half cup at a time. Add the syrup, being aware of the consistency.
    frost the gooey side of one cake, sprinkle with the finely diced bacon, top with other cake gooey side DOWN on the bacon. Frost the entire cake and top with remaining 1/3 of the bacon pieces.

Not really COMPLICATED but maybe a few more steps than my usual bacon recipe for you on Saturday huh?   Trust me – it’s worth it……………honest.

My Mom says the reason this is so yummy is that mixing maple with bacon is one of her favorite things about having pancakes with bacon.   That syrup gets on the bacon and it’s a REALLY GREAT combination of salty/sweet and she likes it even better than the pancakes.   HAHAHA

I know you’re all probably still FULL from your Thanksgiving dinners this past week but when you’re in the mood for something SWEET with that bacony taste – try this cake!

I can’t leave you without giving you some of our favorite silliness!

I shall retire now to my Throne Room for a Royal SNOOZER!

Your King, Teddy

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Bakin’ in Baconia

Greetings from Baconia!   ‘Tis I – your King

and part-time Bacon Chef!

I do hope you are well this fine Saturday morning.  I care about all my loyal (and even the not-so-loyal) subjects and I think if we eat plenty of bacon, we should feel WELL – am I right?   That is why I decided to devote Saturday morning – before we get busy in the royal Baconian court/castle life – to spend a little time in the castle kitchen whipping up some kind of bacon delight to share with you.     These recipes ARE ones I find here and there but this one ESPECIALLY we have had here in the Castle……..and we (that’s the “royal WE”) loved it.

So shall we begin?    The name of this delightful confection is “Bacon-Apple Gallette” – don’t you just LOVE that name?   Sounds oh so French, OUI?????

Ooohhh La La!!!

This is SOOO good!

Now I know not EVERYONE has a food processor.  Of course here in the Baconian Castle we have all kinds of equipment right Royal Chef????

YES YOUR ROYAL HIGHNESS, WE ARE FULLY EQUIPPED!

So if you don’t have a food processor you can STILL make the crust ………an alternative would be to buy the already prepared pie crust dough – the boxes usually contain TWO pie crusts……….you can make this recipe using those and just divide your filling into TWO gallettes.    Making the crust yourself is STILL the best and tastiest BUT there are alternatives!!

Now that I’ve prepared this delicious dessert for my bacon-addicted Baconians, I shall retire to my Kingly Quarters, change into my royal garb and conduct business here in the Castle for the rest of my day………………but first……………………..!!

May your day be bacon-filled!

A Royal Thanks to all Veterans….

without your sacrifices,

we would not be who and what we are today.   

Land of the FREE and Home of the BRAVE………….

Bakin’ With Bacon AND Blogging for Peace

 

Happy Saturday Fellow Baconians!  

‘Tis I, your King, baking for my kingdom today!

Welcome to the castle – I am going to prepare a little ADULT TREAT today – one that your parents may enjoy during the upcoming holiday season with their friends.   This is not a pet friendly dessert though – not is it a KID-friendly dessert.   It contains ALCOHOL and a WHOLE lot of bacon.   Ask your Mom to let you have some of the bacon before it gets mixed into the recipe because it tastes yummy all on its’ own!   

Ready?????????????

 

BACON WALNUT RUM BALLS (remember this is NOT for us kids – it’s for our Moms and Dads!!)

Ingredients:

5 oz can evaporated milk
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup spiced rum
1 package vanilla wafers, crushed very fine
2 cups finely chopped walnuts
1 cup confectioners’ sugar for rolling
1 lb hickory bacon, cooked, chopped

Instructions:

Line a baking pan with foil and lay your bacon strips on it. Place it in the oven then turn the oven to 400. Cook for 17-20 minutes. Drain grease from bacon, chop, and set aside.   Of course if you want to you can just FRY the bacon in a pan but this is a LOT of bacon so it’s just easier to do it in the oven!

In a food processor, chop up the vanilla wafers until they are in tiny pieces.

Melt chocolate chips and evaporated milk in a bowl over a boiling pit of water, stirring frequently until smooth. Remove from heat.

Stir in the crushed vanilla wafers, bacon, and rum until well blended.

Roll the dough into small balls and roll the balls in chopped walnuts, then repeat in confectioners’ sugar.

Store covered in the refrigerator. Eat responsibly!

This probably sounds like a SUPER DUPER EASY PEASY recipe and it is but just remember to be super careful when melting the chips over boiling water – FRANKLY, I think you can easily melt the chips in the microwave which I do for other recipes then add the evaporated milk.

My Mom said she bets this would still be good without the rum but not nearly as fun (speaking as an adult of course).

 

SO that’s my recipe of the day from the kitchen of the Castle Baconia.    My Mom says these are delicious and I guess I’ll take her word for it.   I will make them for her but SHE and DAD will eat them – not this King!!

This is EVER so true!!!!!

We are also celebrating the BLOG BLAST FOR PEACE today………………..we in the Castle Baconia are all for PEACE.    It seems a rather elusive thing outside the walls of our happy Kingdom but we would hope and pray that everyone in the world would realize that to HAVE PEACE, we must BE PEACE.     It’s up to US to achieve it, and I know my Mom says almost every day that if she had JUST ONE WISH, it would be that this world we live in would be one of PEACE and HARMONY.     That we could accept one another, care for one another and be KIND to one another.    Won’t you join in the effort to spread this wish above all other wishes?    Make your own peace globe and show the world that you are praying and hoping for PEACE…………just like we are.   If you click on my globe, it will take you to the site.

Love and Hope, Teddy and Mom

 

 

Bakin’ with Bacon in Baconia

I May Be King, But I’m Also Head Baker!

Seems our fabulous Chef here in Baconia is not fond of baking – he loves all his other specialties (and so do we!) but baking is not his fave SOOOOOOO, I told him that I would happily take over baking chores even though I am the KING!

First I thought I’d make a Chocolate Bacon Bomb Pie – just the name sounds like something we should all try at least once right?   Bacon and chocolate are a good combo!

Chocolate Bacon Bomb Pie

  • 3 cups pretzel twists (you can use whatever pretzels you have, I used twists)
  • 2/3 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 stick of butter, divided
  • 1 package Fudge Stripes Dark Chocolate Cookies from Keebler (11.5 oz)
  • 12 oz package of bacon, cooked and diced (1/4 cup reserved)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 TBSP vinegar
  • 1 TBSP flour
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  1. Preheat your oven to 350.
  2. Crush your pretzels and in a large bowl combine them and 1/3 cup melted butter and 1/3 cup sugar.  Mix to combine.
  3. Press the pretzel mixture into a pie plate and bake for five minutes.
  4. In the same large bowl (no need to clean it out) crush your chocolate cookies.  Now add the remainder of the butter (melted), the bacon (remember to save 1/4 a cup), eggs, the remainder of the sugar, vinegar, and flour and mix well.
  5. Gently pour the mixture into your pie crust.
  6. Top with the remaining bacon and the chocolate chips.
  7. Pour the sweetened condensed milk over it and bake for 35 minutes or until the edges of the pie begin to turn golden brown.

Alright – so that’s kind of a complicated recipe but doesn’t it sound NOMMY?????

Every Saturday I will share a recipe with you Baconians………………how’s that for a SHARING and CARING King?

Thanks boss…..that’s a load off my mind!

I think we deserve a few laughs now don’t you?    Some of our favorite giggles!!

And since Tuesday is Halloween (even here in Baconia!)

 I thought you’d like to see my Halloween outfit!  

Think this will scare all the little ghosties

who stop by my throne room for TRICK or TREAT???

Have a snack before you go????

A little BRAIN food perhaps?

YUM….FINGER sandwiches!

Spidery DEVILED eggs?

Don’t put your hands in the punch…oops….looks like somebody already did!

 

Happy Bacon-Ween everyone!

Where’s the door to the throne room???

Bites and Hugs, King Teddy

Bacon Buddies

Let’s be Bacon Buddies!

I know I’m the King of Baconia but that doesn’t mean I can’t have Bacon Buddies right?    Well, if you wanna declare yourself a buddy of the King, remember that a long time ago when Angel Sammy was King, he created the Bacon Lovers’ Club and here’s the badge……………do you have it?   Go ahead – take it!    BE A BACON BUDDY!

Yes indeed!   We know how to eat our bacon around here don’t we?    Every Saturday we get together and munch and crunch.

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Go ahead – you know you wanna…………..EAT UP!

Angel Sammy and I aren’t waiting for you to join us – hope you don’t mind…….looks like there’s plenty here……but you better HURRY UP!

It’s TRUE – it really is!

Don’t feel bad about eating bacon!!!!!!! Just remember THIS!

Now I thought I’d give you a break from bacon for a little slide show from my Mom and Dad’s recent (this past week) trip to Maine (without me of course).    Talk about a beautiful place this time of the year…………well, between the leaves (which Mom forgot to take photos of) and the ocean (which she most certainly did NOT forget to photograph), I’d say their little getaway was a big success.   Also the nuns at the kennel where I stayed were SUPER SWEET to me so I was fine too but glad Mom and Dad came to get me yesterday anyway!

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So there you have it………………this past week in review AND some bacon on top of that!   What a deal huh?  ONLY IN BACONIA!

It’s no contest right?

Time for my post-bacon snooze!   See you next Saturday for more BACON!

Love, Your Bacon Buddy/King

P.S. From Mom!!

Teddy was spoiled rotten at the kennel so no worries about that believe me…………….his Dad and I were spoiled rotten where we stayed in Maine………….and one of the most FUN parts of our trip there was getting to meet Ellen from 15andMeowing and her husband David.    They drove all the way from their home in Massachusetts to shop with us at the Kittery Trading Post AND to have lunch with us.    It was so wonderful getting to meet her and David in person after getting to know her for so long through her blog.   She and her husband are the SWEETEST people and we had a ball with them.    It’s special when you get to meet someone you already LOVE finally in person…………we exchanged gifts and hugs and more hugs before saying goodbye.    Here’s a photo of the four of us at lunch together…………Ellen and her husband David on the left and me and my husband David on the right……………we had just eaten about 2 tons of food.   HAHAHA   Thank you Ellen and David for making our trip PERFECT!

And lastly……………some sad news in the blogosphere this morning.   Sister Sascha from Brian’s Home Blog has gone to the Bridge…….we are sad for her family.   You may click on the badge to visit and leave your comments………..fly free Sister Sascha – Angel Sammy will hug you when you arrive…………….

Baconiam Snapshots

Greetings Fellow Baconians!

I thought today I’d share some photos from the official Baconian Photo Album………………..the countryside of course is covered in bacon – trees, rocks, houses, it’s all bacon………but I do travel through from time to time to stop and visit my loyal subjects.    Here are just a few of the photos the official Baconian Photographer has snapped!

It seems that everyone is happy in Baconia.   That makes ME happy.    A big part of that happiness is obviously EATING bacon so shall we?   Oh LET’S!!!!!!

This should satisfy our bacon habit for today don’t you think??????

You have outdone yourself Royal Chef……..take the rest of the day off!

DEFINITELY!!!!!!!!!!!

Happy Bacon Day My Friends!

See you next Saturday for more Baconian fun!

King Teddy

Bacon Saturday

Greetings Fellow Baconians…..Let the eating begin!

Last week we had an EPIC bacon harvest in our greenhouse which many of you not only attended but also helped to harvest!  Because of that we have a bumper crop of delicious bacon to be eaten and enjoyed.   Our traditional day to do that here in Baconia is TODAY.

There’s no mistakin’ the aroma of bacon!    The chef here at the Baconian Castle is cookin’ it up right now!As you can see, we have plenty of seating in the Baconian Banquet Hall……………have a seat after you fill up your plate with bacon goodness!!!

Bacon delights as far as the eye can see………………..please partake your fill of any and all items – there will be seconds, thirds and fourths coming out of the kitchen ALL DAY LONG………..

Well Done Chef!!

Don’t forget dessert………………oh no you must NEVER forget dessert!!!!!

 

Enjoy your BACON-O-RAMA here at the Baconian Castle as long as you wish!

I shall be extending the same invitation for you NEXT week my friends!  Until then…….

LET THERE BE BACON FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE!

King Sammy of Baconia

NOTE:    Our Halloween theme is just a TEMPORARY one (of course!) – after October we’ll go back to our USUAL look!!!!