Bacon Waffle

baconwaffle2.jpgThe first Saturday in January 2014 - too wet to go out and too cold to play ball.

So I consulted my lists of ideas and picked an experiment that's been at the back of my mind for maybe a year now - to make a waffle entirely out of bacon.

The Bacon Waffle

There are recipes already out there for waffles made from batter with embedded bacon pieces, or flavoured with bacon - but I wanted more bacon. 100% bacon. A waffle made from solid bacon.

baconwaffle3.jpgThe idea is to form bacon into disc shaped patty, then cook it in an electric waffle iron.

I started with 250g of dry cure smoked streaky bacon - I chose dry cure, because I want to minimise shrinkage, and I don't want too much liquid coming out and leaking everywhere.

I cut the bacon into chunks using sharp kitchen shears.

baconwaffle4.jpgI ran the bacon through my hand-cranked mincer.

It came out quite finely ground and was easy to form together into a ball without anything else added to bind it.

baconwaffle5.jpgBefore switching on the waffle iron, I spread a sheet of plastic film over it and formed the minced bacon into an appropriately shaped and sized patty.

I covered this with another layer of film, removed it from the waffle press and put it on a plate in the fridge.

Then I set about making some regular batter waffles.

baconwaffle6.jpgThe waffle batter recipe is simple: 250g SR flour, 30g Caster sugar, 500ml Milk, 2 Eggs and 30g salted butter (melted in a cup in the microwave).

All of these ingredients are mixed together (all at once) in a large bowl and whisked just enough to break up the big lumps - but no longer, or the batter goes stringy and the waffles may lose their lightness.

baconwaffle7.jpgI cooked all of the waffles first - the above recipe makes about 10 of them in this type of waffle iron.

baconwaffle8.jpgThen it was time to cook the bacon waffle - I retrieved it from the fridge (20 minutes resting in a chilled place had made it hold together very nicely) and removed the film.

It was fairly easy to drop it into place on the hot waffle iron.

I pressed it down hard to ensure the grid pattern was nicely impressed into the meat while it was still soft and pliable.

baconwaffle9.jpgEven though I used a dry cure bacon, there was still a little leaking of juices and brine.

I mopped this away with a piece of absorbent kitchen paper, then closed the press and kept on cooking.

About 5 minutes later, it was fully cooked - obviously this is more like a bacon burger than a rasher, so there's no way to make it completely crisp, but it did brown up nicely, especially at the edges.

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baconwaffle10.jpgI placed it on top of one of the batter waffles, drenched it with real maple syrup, then put another waffle on top to make a sandwich.

I Heart Bacon!

I cut the bacon waffle waffle sandwich up into its five natural, heart-shaped segments. They were delicious!

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This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things

This was an interesting experiment, but it did make a horrible mess of my waffle iron. Fortunately, as it's fairly new and the non-stick coating is still in good condition, it was not too difficult to clean it up, but I think repeating this too often would probably destroy the machine before the end of its natural life.

It has become a bit of a habit for me to use things for purposes other than they are intended - my plastic recycling machine is a sandwich toaster, for example. I recently had to turn down the offer of a free chainsaw, because I know I'd abuse it and probably hurt myself.

Bacon!

This is the latest in my bacon series - Click the 'Bacon' tag in the side column to see other bacon-related stuff. If you have an idea for something that should be bacon-ised, please let me know...

Comments

1. On Saturday, January 4, 2014, 18:30 by threemilechild

Yesterday I saw an episode of Good Eats where Alton Brown recommends cooking bacon strips in a waffle iron. It looked like it works out well, although I think if you did it in much quantity the rendering grease would become hard to harvestI like bacon

2. On Saturday, January 4, 2014, 19:08 by Mike (for Atomic Shrimp)

I don't think I actually damaged the waffle iron, but there was quite a crust of salty, burnt bacon juices baked onto it - I was really careful to soak it with a wet cloth before gently sponging it off - i don't think I'd be able to get away with this

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