You may have seen chocolate-dipped bacon at your local food fair or bacon in chocolate-bar form at your local specialty store, but I promise you that this version surpasses anything else. Dipping the candied bacon only halfway allows guests to grab a piece without getting their hands covered in chocolate.
Portion size18 servings
(about 8 oz/225 g)
good-quality dark chocolate
(such as Lindt), melted
Cut each slice of bacon crosswise into 3 pieces; place on lightly greased rack on foil-lined rimmed baking sheet. Sprinkle with one-third of the sugar, pressing gently to adhere.
Bake in 400F (200C) oven until sugar starts to bubble, about 7 minutes. With tongs, turn bacon; sprinkle with remaining sugar. Bake until sugar is golden and bubbly and bacon is lightly crisp, about 8 minutes. Let cool completely.
Dip each bacon piece halfway into chocolate, allowing any excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper–lined baking sheet; refrigerate until set, about 10 minutes.
When you layer silky chocolate mousse with crunchy meringue, the meringue becomes soft and chewy, making this cake easy to slice with a hot, sharp knife.
Portion size12 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: February 2016
(about 1 oz), melted
chocolate-covered malted milk balls (such as Maltesers)
cream of tartar
1 1/4 cup
Malt Chocolate Mousse:
milk powder (such as Ovaltine)
(about 2 oz), chopped
(about 2 oz), chopped
1 1/2 cup
whipping cream (35%)
per serving: about
Total fat17 g
Saturated fat10 g
Total carbohydrate35 g
Chocolate Meringue: Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Using 8-inch (3 L) springform pan as guide, trace 2 circles, about 1 inch (2.5 cm) apart, onto parchment paper. Turn parchment paper over. Set aside.
In bowl, beat egg whites with cream of tartar until soft peaks form. In separate bowl, whisk sugar with cocoa powder; beat into egg white mixture in 2 additions until stiff glossy peaks form. Fold in vanilla. Spoon into outlines on parchment paper, smoothing tops and leaving 1/2-inch (1 cm) border around inside edge.
Bake on bottom rack in 225°F (110°C) oven until dry and crisp, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Turn off oven; let cool in oven for 2 hours. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container in cool dry place for up to 5 days.)
Malt Chocolate Mousse: While meringues are cooling, line bottom and side of 8-inch (3 L) springform pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
In small saucepan, add 3 tbsp water; sprinkle gelatin over top. Let stand until absorbed, about 5 minutes. Cook over low heat until melted. (Do not boil.)
Meanwhile, in heatproof bowl set over saucepan of hot (not boiling) water, whisk malt powder with boiling water until dissolved. Add unsweetened chocolate and dark chocolate; melt, stirring, until smooth. Stir in vanilla and salt. Stir in gelatin mixture. Let cool, stirring occasionally, until lukewarm, about 10 minutes.
Beat cream until stiff peaks form; whisk one-third into chocolate mixture. Fold in remaining cream.
Assembly: Place 1 of the meringues in bottom of prepared pan, trimming to fit if necessary; pour half of the mousse over top. Repeat with remaining meringue and mousse; cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate until set, about 6 hours. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 24 hours.) Remove cake from pan; peel off parchment paper.
Garnish: Drizzle cake with chocolate; top with malted milk balls.
A French term that means "paving stone," pavé describes the brick shape of this elegant dessert. Whisky often has notes of vanilla, caramel and chocolate, making it a lovely complement to desserts featuring those same flavours.
Chocolate Whiskey Pavé: Line 9- x 5-inch (2 L) loaf pan with plastic wrap, leaving 4-inch (10 cm) overhang. Set aside.
In heatproof bowl set over saucepan of hot (not boiling) water, melt butter with chocolate, stirring, until smooth. Remove from heat; stir in whisky. Let cool for 15 minutes.
Beat cream until stiff peaks form; whisk one-quarter into chocolate mixture. Fold in remaining whipped cream. Scrape into prepared pan, smoothing top; fold overhang over top. Refrigerate until firm, about 4 hours. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 3 days.) Unwrap and let stand at room temperature for 5 minutes; using hot knife, slice pavé crosswise.
Sponge Toffee: While pavé is chilling, in 6-cup (1.5 L) saucepan, bring sugar, corn syrup and 3 tbsp water to boil over medium heat, stirring just until sugar is dissolved. Boil, without stirring but brushing down side of pan with pastry brush dipped in cold water, until candy thermometer reads 300°F (149°C) or 1 tsp mixture dropped in cold water forms hard brittle threads, about 12 minutes.
Remove from heat; standing back and averting face, pour in vanilla. Add baking soda, whisking just until combined, about 2 or 3 times. (Mixture will bubble, sputter and increase in volume.)
Pour into parchment paper–lined 9- x 5-inch (2 L) loaf pan (do not scrape bottom of saucepan). Let cool in pan, undisturbed, for about 2 hours. Using serrated knife, cut toffee into bite-size pieces. (Make-ahead: Layer between waxed paper in airtight container; store for up to 1 month.) Serve with pavé.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: For puffed, airy sponge toffee, resist the urge to scrape the bottom of the saucepan when pouring the syrup into the loaf pan. Otherwise, the denser syrup that collects at the bottom will deflate the lighter syrup as it settles in the loaf pan.
Want your French toast express-style? Skip the frying pan for this decadent, sweet treat that's ready in less than 10 minutes. With the addition of a few pantry staples (see variations, below), you can make this basic version extra sweet or salty.
Prep time5 minutes
Total time7 minutes
Portion size1 serving
1 1/4 cup
cubed (1 inch)
Per serving: about
Total fat10 g
Saturated fat3 g
Total carbohydrate47 g
In bowl, whisk together egg, milk and vanilla. Add bread; mix well. Spoon mixture into microwaveable mug or bowl. Microwave on high, in 30-second intervals, until set, 1 to 2 minutes. Serve warm drizzled with maple syrup.
Change it up: Try these variations for an extra hit of sweetness or a salty spin.
Whisk 1 tbsp marmalade into egg mixture; continue with recipe as directed.
Whisk 1 tbsp chocolate hazelnut spread and 1/4 tsp sea salt into egg mixture; continue with recipe as directed.
Cinnamon-Raisin Sticky Bun
Whisk 1/8 tsp cinnamon and 1 tbsp raisins into egg mixture; continue with recipe as directed.