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Monday, January 10, 2011

Pig Out on Dessert

The holidays are over, but how much of your holiday sweets are still sitting around?  Cookies, candy and more will be tempting us over the next few weeks, at least.
Photo by Evan Sung for The New York Times

After eating all of those kinds of things, though, you get to a point where you yearn for something a little different.  Well, famed chef and food writer, Mark Bittman, offers a suggestion in the New York Times for a dessert that fits the bill.

All you need is four ingredients: apples, sugar, ice cream and bacon.  Yeah, I'm writing about bacon again.  As Bittman writes, those of you who have either intentionally or mistakenly eaten bacon and maple syrup know, the smoke and salt of bacon goes great with sweet.  (It's one of my favorite combos--as I wrote in my post, "Make Me a Match" from October.

Bittman says to cook the bacon and then add sugar to give a crunchy, caramelization to the meat.  Cook the apple in the bacon fat with some more sugar and then serve with ice cream.  As he says, "I don't see this as a trend, but it's pretty great as a one-shot deal."  Read his article for more details on how to make this.  I'm going to have to try it soon.

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