Monday, February 27, 2012

Banana Cupcake with Peanut Butter Frosting & Maple Glazed Bacon

Sorry for the prolonged absence. Life was a little hectic for a bit and then came the computer troubles again with my machine not letting me upload images which makes it so hard to show you the stuff I have made lately.

Today I am bringing you my version of the Elvis sandwich in cupcake form, or what my husband has denominated as the Man's cupcake. I was inspired by a couple of things, one of which was the banana cupcake with peanut butter frosting at Butterlane Cupcakes in Park Slope, Brooklyn, because I was a little disappointed with it. The inspiration for the bacon came from one of my favorite shows Bitchin' Kitchen and the host Nadia G, who like every good Canadian makes ample use of maple syrup.

The banana bread recipe is from the Food Network website, in order to do the cupcakes just divide the batter and bake in your cupcake pan for about 30 minutes or until the tops are golden and an inserted toothpick comes out clean. The bacon and frosting were done by me so here is the how to:

Peanut Butter Frosting

8 TBSP Salted Butter (1 Stick)
1 1/2 Cups Peanut Butter
 2 Cups Confectioner's Sugar
3-4 TBSP Heavy Cream

Combine the butter and peanut butter in a bowl with a mixer until smooth.

Add in the confectioner's sugar a few tablespoons at a time allowing it to incorporate well into the butter mix before adding in more.

Add it the heavy cream. The amount depends on how smooth you want your frosting to be.

Set aside until you are ready to decorate your cupcakes.

Maple Glazed Bacon

6 Strips of Bacon
1/2 Cup Maple Syrup

Preheat oven to 380 degrees Fahrenheit.

Lay your strips of bacon on a roasting pan (like the ones your oven comes equipped with, i.e. the two piece pan that has the top part that has draining holes and a bottom pan to catch drips).

Brush the top of your bacon strips with a generous amount of maple syrup and place the pan in the oven, baking the bacon until it starts to shrink (about 15 minutes depending on the thickness of the bacon).

Remove from oven. Turn your bacon strips over, coat with maple syrup and insert back in oven until you can see they are starting to brown and crisp (about 5-8 minutes).

Remove from oven and allow to rest coating with a little more maple syrup.

Once they are cool either cut into thin slices or crush the bacon. Set aside until ready to add over the peanut butter frosting.

I don't recommend you make these every week (for obvious reasons), but every now and again these really hit the spot.

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