Saturday, August 9, 2014

Salted Maple Bacon Truffles


Sue and I are happy to declare this week as BACON WEEK here at joandsue.blogspot.com.
As we all know, bacon makes everything better. Sue and I have decided to prove that point to everyone by sharing recipes this week that feature/highlight bacon. Sometimes in a "normal" way and sometimes in a very creative and unconventional way.
For example....these Salted Maple Bacon Truffles. 
We used our Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles  (click HERE for link)as the base for this recipe and then went all wild and crazy and turned them into something ridiculously bacon-y. 
Not sure about the whole "sweet & salty" thing? These are a good way to ease into it. 
I mean, come on, they have bacon. 
Bacon is the candy of the meat world. 


Salted Maple Bacon Truffles

Ingredients
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 cups flour
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp maple extract
1/2 cup finely chopped, cooked bacon

Topping
2 - 3 cups chocolate chips
1/3 cup very finely diced, cooked bacon
coarse sea salt

Directions
In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar until fluffy.
Add in the flour, condensed milk, maple extract, and bacon.


Stir until well combined. 
Using a small cookie scoop (about 1 Tbsp), scoop dough onto a cookie sheet covered with plastic wrap or parchment paper. I like to roll the dough into balls so they are round but you can leave them with a flat bottom if you want to. 


Freeze balls for about 20 - 30 minutes to firm up.
When dough is chilled; melt chocolate in a microwave safe dish - or on the stove top in a pan - whichever you prefer. Be careful not to over heat the chocolate or it will seize. 
Dip a ball into the melted chocolate and then shake off any excess. Quickly sprinkle a pinch of the very finely diced bacon and a smaller pinch of sea salt onto the top of the truffle before the chocolate solidifies.
Repeat with the rest of the truffles.


I believe I got 56 truffles out of one batch using a small cookie scoop. If you don't have a cookie scoop then you can just pinch off a ping pong ball sized amount of dough and roll it in a ball. 
Once they are all dipped they do not have to be frozen. You only freeze them for a short time to make them easier to dip. 
Because of the bacon they should probably be kept in the fridge until ready to serve. 
You can use whichever chocolate chips you like. I find most people like the milk chocolate better so I tend to use them more often. For the ones pictured above I used 2 cups milk chocolate 1/2 cup dark chocolate, as that is what I had on hand. 

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11 comments:

  1. Oh dear me, bacon+truffle goodness. Delicious!

    Blessings, Catherine.

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  2. Well, I love to come upon a new a different recipe and this sure does fit the bill. Can't get much better than your Salted Maple Bacon Truffles.

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  3. Is there a particular cut of bacon you use? Regular or thick

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    1. Also...should it have a chewy-ness to it or cruchy?

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    2. It doesn't really matter which cut - just make sure it is very finely chopped. And, either crunchy or a bit chewy is fine. Both work. We tend to go for a bit more on the crunchy side.

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  4. Do you have any idea if these will freeze well?

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    1. They freeze very well. When they thaw though the chocolate can sometimes "sweat" a little. It does not affect the taste but it can sometimes make them a little dewy. I just pat them with a paper towel if this happens. :) Hope that is helpful!

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  5. Does the dough stay raw or did I miss something?

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