I originally made bacon crack about a year ago. It really was like crack. Once you started eating it, you couldn’t stop. While I was happy with the recipe, I wasn’t so crazy about the way the brown sugar stayed crunchy on top of the bacon without fully dissolving. I decided to try a new approach and give it a little twist. I call it: caramel bacon crack.
My theory was to have the brown sugar partially dissolved before it went into the oven. For me, the best way to do that was to add a little butter. Once I had the butter and sugar in the pan, I realized I was making caramel, and added a little cream. I didn’t need a full-on caramel sauce, so I added just enough cream to give you the idea of caramel. I didn’t want it to be overly sweet.
The results were awesome!! I loved it more than my first try however, I forgot to add the cayenne. That would have been perfect. I love the idea of having something sweet with a little spice. Next time I might take things up a notch and make my own puff pastry!
Caramel Bacon Crack
- 1 sheet puff pastry
- 10 slices of your favorite bacon , cooked until semi crisp
- 1 cup dark brown sugar
- 4 tablespoons (½ stick) unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons of heavy cream
- 1 ½ tablespoons maple syrup
- dash of salt
- pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
prepare the puff pastry
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Place the pastry onto the baking sheet. Prick the pastry with a fork and bake for 10 minutes or until the pastry is a light golden brown. Set aside and let cool.
make the caramel sauce
In a small sauce pan, melt the butter. Once the butter melts, add the brown sugar and stir over medium heat until the sugar begins to dissolve and is smooth. You don’t have to fully dissolve the sugar in the pan because it will dissolve in the oven. Remove the sugar and butter mixture from the heat and stir in the heavy cream, blending until fully combined and smooth. Add a dash of salt and stir until combined. At this point the mixture may seem a little thick, but it’s fine.
assemble the caramel bacon crack
Brush the maple syrup onto the pastry making sure to cover all the edges. Crumble the bacon on top of the syrup. Drizzle the caramel sauce on top of the bacon. Bake in the oven for approximately 10 minutes, or until the sugar dissolves (I would check after 7 minutes and monitor from there). Let cool for 10 minutes. Cut into slices or triangles and serve immediately.