Wednesday, July 20, 2011
12 slices bacon
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups white sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup cold, strong, brewed coffee
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa
powder, for dusting
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium-high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble and set aside.
2. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, 3/4 cup cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Make a well in the center and pour in the eggs, coffee, buttermilk and oil. Stir just until blended. Mix in 3/4 of the bacon, reserving the rest for garnish. Spoon the batter into the prepared cups, dividing evenly.
3. Bake in the preheated oven until the tops spring back when lightly pressed, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool in the pan set over a wire rack. When cool, arrange the cupcakes on a serving platter. Frost with your favorite chocolate frosting* and sprinkle reserved bacon crumbles on top. Dust with additional cocoa powder
*I just used the basic butter, sugar, coco powder, vanilla and milk frosting. Super easy. It's in the Betty Crocker Cookbook
•1 1/2 cups warm (110 to 115 degrees F) water
•1 tablespoon sugar
•2 teaspoons kosher salt
•1 package active dry yeast
•22 ounces all-purpose flour, approximately 4 1/2 cups
•2 ounces unsalted butter, melted
•Vegetable oil, for pan
•10 cups water
•1/4 cup baking soda
•1 large egg yolk beaten with 1 tablespoon water
•Pretzel salt or Kosher Salt (I used Kosher)
1.Combine the water, sugar and kosher salt in the bowl of a stand mixer and sprinkle the yeast on top. Allow to sit for 5 minutes or until the mixture begins to foam. Add the flour and butter and, using a spatula, mix until well combined.
2.Continue kneading for about 10 minutes, or until dough is smooth and elastic. Remove the dough from the bowl, clean the bowl and then oil it well with vegetable oil. Return the dough to the bowl, cover with plastic wrap and sit in a warm place for approximately 50 to 55 minutes or until the dough has doubled in size.
3.Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Line 2 half-sheet pans with parchment paper and lightly brush with the vegetable oil. Set aside.
4.Bring the 10 cups of water and the baking soda to a rolling boil in an 8-quart saucepan or roasting pan.
Hayden likes to hide in our house. She gets "lost" on a pretty regular basis. Kinda my fault because I let her have full access to all 4700sqft. Usually she is doing something absolutely horrible. See picture below...
This was with pancake mix...
But today I found her in my room jumping on our bed. Not ruining or breaking anything. Just happily jumping.