Banana and Bacon Caramel Slice
I have had the flavour pairing of bacon and banana on my radar for quite some time now, however was unsure of how to incorporate these two ingredients into a recipe that would work, have the perfect texture, complement other ingredients and be super tasty.
I’m familiar with baking with bacon and know that it is a massive flavour enhancer (my Chocolate Bacon Cake is amazing).
After a bit of experimenting I ended up very happy with a caramel slice type recipe that incorporated the bacon and banana.
The caramel and bacon work so well together, the bacon is almost like a natural salt, thus making a lovely salted caramel flavour. Additionally banana and caramel are amazing together (hello Banoffee Pie). As banana is quite a soft ingredient and does not hold is shape well (unlike marshmallow) I have opted for banana chips for this recipe. The chips actually provide a lovely complementary crunch to the smooth caramel and fluffy marshmallows.
- 220g diced bacon
- 100g butter
- 90g sugar
- 30g rice flour
- 150 flour
- 40g thickened cream
- 260g caramel sweets (lollies)
- 90g marshmallows
- 80g banana chips
- Pre-heat the oven to 180c degrees and line a 15cm x 15cm square cake tin with baking paper.
- On a high heat place the bacon pieces in a saucepan and fry until the bacon is brown and bubbling.
- Place the bacon on paper towel to absorb the oil then place in a food processor (you will have 100g of cooked bacon pieces).
- Place the melted bacon, butter, sugar and flours in the food processor and blitz on high until the bacon is as fine as breadcrumbs.
- Pour the mix into the tin, flatten with a spoon and bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until firm to touch.
- Cut up the banana chips into small pieces as well as the marshmallows.
- Scatter the banana and marshmallows over the top of the biscuit base.
- Place the cream and caramels in a saucepan on a medium heat and stir until the caramel and cream become smooth and melted.
- Pour the warm caramel over the top of the slice.
- Allow the caramel to set then cut into square pieces.
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