I first made these muffins at the cottage over the summer. The little beach shop Nani’s on the corner was renowned for their gourmet hot dogs and bacon muffins. I concur that both are worthy of the highest praise. Unfortunately, since I’m only at the cottage for 2 weeks, I had to find a way to reinvent the muffins, or my enjoyment would be limited. Since my loaded blueberry muffins are always well liked, I decided to adapt that recipe. The glaze was a result of reading a variety of glaze and frosting recipes and merging several of the flavors that most appealed to me. While they’re not going to win any contests for healthiness, the muffins are quite tasty, so I entered them in a bacon recipe contest. While the contest does come with a cash prize, more importantly, the winner is awarded a year’s supply of bacon! My son was pretty excited at that prospect.
- 10 Slices Thick Sliced Bacon
- 6 TBS. Unsalted Butter – softened
- 2 TBS. Bacon Drippings (cooled)
- 1 Cup Sugar
- 3 TBS. Brown Sugar
- 2 Eggs
- 2 Cups Flour
- 2 tsp. Baking Powder
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/2 Cup Whole Milk
- 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
- Paper Cupcake Liners
For the Maple Glaze:
1 Slice Thick Sliced Bacon – cooked and crumbled for garnish
2 TBS. Cream Cheese- softened
1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
3 TBS. Pure Maple Syrup
Cook bacon (either in the oven at 375 degrees for about 25 minutes, or in a large skillet or on a griddle on the stovetop) until crispy. Transfer cooked bacon to a paper towel lined plate and reserve bacon drippings. When bacon is cool enough to handle, crumble.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Add butter, sugars and eggs to a large mixing bowl and cream together.
Sift all of the dry ingredients into a medium bowl. Add vanilla to milk. Add flour mixture and milk mixture alternately (in about 2- 3 batches) to the creamed butter mixture. Crumble the bacon into small pieces and gently fold bacon into the batter.
Line a muffin tray with cupcake liners Spoon batter into tray filling each compartment 2/3 full.
Place muffin tray in preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes (until a toothpick inserted comes clean).
While the muffins bake, prepare the maple glaze. Combine all glaze ingredients, except bacon, in a small-medium sized mixing bowl and, using a hand mixer, combine until all ingredients are incorporated.
Allow muffins to sit for 3-5 minutes before removing from the tray. Spread maple glaze over muffins and sprinkle each glazed muffin with a bit of crumbled bacon.