tasty tuesday: just add bacon.

by Janetha on March 26, 2013

in recipes

i made these last night.

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don’t mind the typo.. it was early when i made the sign…

they caught my eye because my favorite thing to order when out to breakfast is the french toast combo with bacon. i love smothering the whole dish in maple syrup. i am definitely a food-mixer. it can all touch on the plate and mingle in my mouth.

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so when i saw the ingredients in the recipe, i knew i would enjoy them. what’s not to love?!

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the cupcakes muffins (they were way too dense to be called cupcakes!) were a hit.. with my co-workers and with my taste buds.

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the photos aren’t fancy, sorry ‘bout that. i wasn’t planning on blogging these bacon-filled beauties…

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…but they turned out way too good not to share!

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maple french toast bacon muffins with maple vanilla bean cream cheese frosting and bacon sprinkles.
(yes..longest name ever. and they were definitely more like a muffin than a cupcake. super dense.)
recipe very slightly adapted from the food network
prep time: 30 minutes, cook time: 30 minutes
makes 12 muffins

ingredients

for the muffins:

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup cake flour*
  • 1 (3.4 oz) box instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 TB cornstarch
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup evaporated cane juice or white sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla bean paste or extract
  • 1 tsp maple extract
  • 4 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup half & half, at room temperature
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 6 strips of bacon, cooked & crumbled

for the topping:

  • 8 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 TB salted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 TB pure maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste or extract
  • 1 tsp maple extract
  • 4 strips of bacon, cooked & crumbled

*if you do not have cake flour, simply replace 2 TB of one cup of all purpose flour with cornstarch and sift a few times. BAM, cake flour.

directions

  1. preheat oven to 325* F and line a muffin tin with 12 liners.
  2. combine flours, pudding mix, baking powder, cornstarch, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl.
  3. in a separate bowl, using a stand or hand mixer, cream together butter, sugars, and extracts.
  4. add egg whites and mix.
  5. with mixer at a low speed, add the flour mixture to the mixing bowl, one-third at a time.
  6. after adding the first third of the flour mixture, add half of the maple syrup and half of the half & half. repeat once more, then finish with the final third of the flour mixture.
  7. the batter will be very thick. thin it out with the warm water.
  8. fold in the bacon crumbles.
  9. distribute batter into prepared muffin tin.
  10. bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  11. meanwhile, prepare the frosting: using a stand or hand mixer, whip the cream cheese and butter together and slowly add the powdered sugar. add the syrup and extracts, whip to combine.
  12. frost cooled cupcakes with frosting and garnish with the crumbled bacon.
  13. enjoy! store any extras in an airtight container in the fridge.

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these are like all the delicious things about breakfast packed into one tight bite. i highly recommend serving them alongside some coffee or a tall glass of milk.. they are super dense. and super delicious.

oh.. and today happens to be national spinach day.. so go eat some of that green stuff, kay?

also.. muesli fusion is giving away some good stuff on the blend blog this week. click!

Qs~

1. are you a food-on-your-plate mixer or do you strictly separate them?

2. do you think you would love or hate these muffins?

xo. janetha g.

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Ja @Athlete Within Ja March 26, 2013 at 5:17 pm

1.) Depends. I like to separate my food sometimes.
2.) They look oh so good!!! Anything with bacon is definitely a winner!

Angie @ Pint of Goals March 26, 2013 at 5:51 pm

YUM! If I didn’t have a three hour glucose test tomorrow morning to test for gestational diabetes, I would be making these tonight!
As for food mingling, I also love to mix flavors, and I never eat all of one thing before moving on to another. I eat a bite or two of this, a bite or two of that…

Lauren March 26, 2013 at 5:53 pm

These sound fantastic (sans bacon)! I am such a mixer. In fact, I prefer to eat most of my meals from a huge bowl in order to mix everything perfectly.

Natalie @ will jog for food March 26, 2013 at 6:19 pm

I’m sure I would LOVE those! I’m definitely a fan of mixing, especially sweet and savory breakfast food.

Laura Y March 26, 2013 at 6:29 pm

I just had these cupcakes from the cupcake crew truck that was featured in the food network. Personally I learned that I would skip on the bacon for this particular cupcake.

I have to say I am more sweets person for sure!

Sam @ Better With Sprinkles March 26, 2013 at 6:36 pm

These look so good! I made maple bacon cupcakes for Thanksgiving last year and they were definitely enjoyed – cannot go wrong with that flavour combo.

I’m not a big mixer, but I won’t freak out if a pea gets in my mashed potatoes or anything like that. The boyfriend is a HUGE mixer…everything ends up as one big pile on his plate.

Erica March 26, 2013 at 6:57 pm

omg. These have How Sweet Eats written all over them! I don’t like bacon…so I wouldn’t be a fan…but I still sort of want to know what they taste like ;)

Heather (Heather's Dish) March 26, 2013 at 7:22 pm

OH.
MY.
GAWSH.

tj March 26, 2013 at 8:16 pm

YUM!!!

Trisha March 26, 2013 at 9:24 pm

Of all the cupcakes I bake (and I bake a LOT of cupcakes), these are the most often talked about/requested. Such a conversation piece and so delicious! I agree though, my recipe is a little different, but still very much muffin-like.

Heather March 26, 2013 at 9:32 pm

These are just wrong on so many levels, AND I CAN’T WAIT TO MAKE THEM!!!

Kristina March 26, 2013 at 10:44 pm

I can get down with those cupcakes. Have you ever had the Vosges Haut Chocolate Milk Chocolate + Bacon bars? They confirmed that sweets and bacon both have a place in my heart… and mouth.

Catherine March 27, 2013 at 1:21 am

These looks great, Janetha! I never would have thought to add bacon to that cupcake! Genius! It’s going on my menu next week.

Jan @ Sprouts n Squats March 27, 2013 at 4:10 am

I’m not sure if I would love or hate them I’ve never really had bacon with sweet things before. They do look amazing though :)

Linz @ Itz Linz March 27, 2013 at 6:32 am

wow i’m not sure what to think about these lol! at first i’d say ew i think i’d hate them, but once i had sugar bacon and it was pretty ridiculous so i think i’d at least be willing to try these!!!

betty March 27, 2013 at 7:05 am

i think i would LOVE these cupcakes. i’m a big fan of syrup on my sausage and bacon! i think i might make them this weekend!!

i’m a mix it altogether girl, myself, unless there is something i LOVE on the plate. then, i’ll eat everything else on the plate and savor whatever it is that i love :)

purelytwins March 27, 2013 at 7:08 am

we are loving bacon back in our lives :) so these muffins sound great.
I made some bacon cupcakes with my older sister a few weeks ago for her work, and everyone loved them. gotta love that bacon haha

Meghan @ After the Ivy League March 27, 2013 at 8:20 am

I’ve never gotten on board with the bacon in my desserts thing…I don’t know why though because these look delicious and adding bacon to anything is always a good thing. Need to do some kitchen experimenting soon!

glidingcalm March 27, 2013 at 9:42 am

those look CRAY! amazing!

Annette@FitnessPerks March 27, 2013 at 10:40 am

I usually separate my food…..and I don’t eat bacon. But I bet my husband would LOVE these!

Sami March 27, 2013 at 11:18 am

holy bananas they look delicious. thanks for sharing!

do you think i could sub in ww pastry & ww flour?

Janetha March 27, 2013 at 12:53 pm

For sure!

Sara @ fitcupcaker March 27, 2013 at 12:50 pm

I would LOOOVE these muffins, the combo sounds amazing!

Bethany March 28, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Where did you get those cool cupcake liners??

Janetha March 28, 2013 at 1:53 pm

I got them at Smith’s!

Kerryne March 29, 2013 at 7:57 am

These were amazing (stole a bitty bite of Amandas). Next time you make something like this when I am not allowed to have my own though we might be in a fight ;) I am making these on Sunday by the way. I have to share them with my family!!!

Janetha March 29, 2013 at 9:34 am

Oh, next week, it’s ON! I will make something yummy.

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