26 December 2011
(Makes about 20)
- 125g of Butter
- 55g of Caster Sugar
- 180g of Flour
- 110g Moscovado Sugar
- 100g of Bacon
- 50g of Dark Chocolate
1) Since you will need the bacon fat for the shortbread dough, the first think you'll need to do is fry your bacon up proper crispy style (I know, I know, I use crispy bacon for everything). You're going to caramelize it later on, and while I'd normally recommend doing that in the oven I decided to do things a bit differently this time around since I wanted to use the fat in the dough. Leave the bacon fat in the frying pan for now.
2) Next up, it's dough time. Measure your sugar and butter out into a mixing bowl and beat them together until smooth, then add in your bacon fat and the flour. Mix until you've got a nice smooth paste. You'd be absolutely fine doing this by hand if you don't have a mixer.
3) Time to caramlize the bacon. Get a 2nd frying pan out, place if over medium-high heat, and add your moscovado sugar to it. Stir occassionally so as to keep the sugar from burning, and when it's all melted quickly lower the heat before coating your bacon and placing it on some baking paper. Be careful not to touch the sugar is it will be ridiculously hot and sticks to your skin, which isn't a pleasant combination.
4) While your bacon cools, chop your chocolate up into wee chips. Alternatively you could buy chocolate chips, but that would leave you with nothing to do at this point but wait.
5) Once the bacon is nice and cool, chop it up into small pieces, then add your bacon and chocolate to the shortbread dough and mix it all up. Next, turn it onto a work surface and roll it out to about 1cm thickness - this can be a bit of a bain, and (very) lightly greasing your rolling pin makes life a lot easier for you. I didn't, because that's not how I roll (I'm sorry), but quickly came to regret it. Anyway, once you've rolled the dough out just cut it into the size and shape you want and place on a lined baking tray. Set aside somewhere cool for about 20 minutes, meanwhile preheat your oven to 190c.
6) Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Leave to cool, eat, enjoy.