In cooking class the other night, Chef Jackson referred us to a few good websites we might enjoy. I love new websites! One of them was Plate Online. There are great recipes on the site. One recipe, especially, caught my eye.
Bacon is one of those hot, trendy, rediscovered foods right now; foodies are proclaiming their joy over any food containing bacon, and Facebook friends regularly proclaim its prominent place in their hearts (and mouths.) I’m a fan of bacon, myself….I love bacon, eggs, and grits for breakfast, and I love BLTs anytime.
I’m the cookie lady, you know? Cookies are what I do, so I had to try the Bacon-Ginger cookie recipe. 🙂
I reached into the fridge for my jar of rendered bacon fat, only to discover that Jacob had used it all to drizzle over our dogs’ food. (Abby won’t eat dry food until something, anything, is drizzled on top of it. Yes, it’s my fault.)
I pulled out another package of bacon, and fried it up in the pan. (Cue the music.)
I got 3/4 cup of rendered fat from this pound of bacon; exactly the amount the recipe called for. As a matter of fact, here is the recipe:
3/4 cup bacon fat, cooled
1 cup granulated sugar
1 TBS molasses
1 TBS honey
2 1/4 cups plain flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp each of ground cinnamon, ground ginger, and ground cloves
Fleur de sel or other salt to sprinkle on top of cookies.
Cream bacon fat and sugar, then slowly add honey, molasses, and egg.
Combine flour, salt, baking soda and spices and add to batter in thirds.
Scoop small (1-ounce) balls of dough and arrange on a sheet pan. Flatten each ball and sprinkle with fleur de sel. Bake cookies in oven heated to 325 degrees F 5 minutes.
We had to bake them a bit longer than five minutes; that time must be for a commercial oven. Ours took about eight minutes. They cooled for awhile, and then Jared dove in…took a big bite, chewed, pondered….and threw the rest of it away.
He pulled out his phone and posted this to Twitter: “Just ate a bacon-ginger cookie homemade by my mama @mamastephf and those are the only gross ones she makes.”
Then Jacob came into the kitchen, and he was willing to try it, too. He took a bite…..chewed….and didn’t take time to ponder. He spit it into the garbage can and tossed the remaining part of his cookie in after it. (Teenaged boys are so polite.) 😉
It was my turn. I took a bite….chewed….pondered…..and really, it was ok. It tasted like bacon, and ginger. It was just odd, and nothing I would ever really want to eat again.
So, we completed the mission, but we have decided that none of us are fans of bacon in baked goods. 🙂
But aren’t they cute?