A few days ago, I posed a question on my Facebook page: “Do you have a favorite baked good or sweet treat that you miss now that you’re grain-free? If you could “grain-free-ify” anything, what would it be”
Coach Jaffney from Crossfit H2O responded with: “how bout some scones? kind of boring but delicious!” So true.
The first thing that popped into my head when I read her comment was bacon. This thought was closely followed by another thought: maple.
So, without further ado, I bring you: Paleo Maple Bacon Scones.
Maple Bacon Scones
1/2 lb bacon
1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp maple syrup
2 cups almond meal
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 cup pecans, chopped
First: Candy your bacon. YES. You heard me. CANDY THE BACON! This means pour 1/4 cup maple syrup into a medium sized bowl and stir the bacon around until coated. I learned this trick from Hayley and Bill–they make a mean Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookie.
Once the bacon is coated with syrup, place it on a parchment lined baking sheet. The parchment paper is KEY. I used foil, like an idiot, and had to spend 10 minutes picking little flecks of aluminum off of my precious candied bacon.
Anyhoo: bake at 350 F for 20 minutes and let it cool completely.
When the bacon is dry, and by dry I mean cool, crumble it into bits and add to the bowl. I don’t know how I did it, but I only ate ONE piece of candied bacon while making these…dangerous stuff, people. You’ve been warned.
Add the wet ingredients and mix with your hands. Ideally I would have formed two big scone disks and cut them in to pieces like a pizza, but my almond meal was a little coarse, so I ended up forming the scones by hand.
Candied bacon is a dream come true. I have NO idea why I haven’t made it before. I feel that there will be a lot more candied bacon in my future…
I would recommend that you use some store-bought almond meal, a la Bob’s Red Mill, for this recipe. My home-ground stuff was a little too grainy. I think the scones would look more like a baked good and less like a bear scat if you used professional almond meal.
Have you ever made candied bacon? Was it glorious? Do tell…