Introduction: Spicy Bacon Brittle With Cashews, Apricots, and Chocolate

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Looking at the interesting (but quite pricy) trail mixes at the fancy dancy gourmet shops got me thinking about combining some of the fruit and nut mix to bacon brittle. This recipe is easy and can be put together in less than 15 minutes. Just add another 15 minutes cooling time and you've got a great snack with drinks..especially beer. And…what better way to use bacon--my all-time favorite food. These are salty, smoky, sweet, spicy, and nutty-- all in one bite!

Feel free to be creative using different fruits and nuts. And, the chocolate is totally optional..but oh--so--good. How about walnuts and cranberries, or almonds and dried cherries. If you don't like spicy , use cinnamon or Chinese five-spice powder in place of the chipotle.

Step 1: Gather the Ingredients and Equipment

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1 teaspoon peanut (or canola) oil for the pan

1/2 # bacon (I used thick cut pepper bacon)
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder
1 cup cashews
1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
1/2 cup chopped bittersweet chocolate (or chocolate chips)

And the equipment
baking sheet
parchment paper to cover baking sheet
paper towels
medium sized skillet
spatula or spoon

Step 2: Prepare the Pan

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LIne a baking sheet with parchment paper and coat with oil.

Step 3: Cook the Bacon

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Cook the bacon in your favorite method. I used the microwave by placing the bacon on 4 layers of paper towels and covering with another 4 layers of paper towels. Microwave for 5 minutes, flip the whole "sandwich" over and microwave another 2 minutes. The times may vary with the thickness of your bacon and the power of your microwave. It can also be fried in a pan or baked on baking sheet with a rack in the oven. Just be sure it is crispy. Too much moisture can soften the brittle quite quickly. Break into small pieces.

Step 4: Cook the Syrup

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Place the sugar and water in a medium sized skillet. Bring to a boil and stir just enough to melt the sugar. Do not stir too much or it may crystalize. Cook until amber. This will take about 4-5 minutes.

Step 5: Mix Together

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Turn off the heat and stir in the chipotle powder. Add the cashews and apricots and stir very quickly to make sure the syrup coats the ingredients. Transfer immediately to the parchment lined baking sheet. Spread quickly to an even thickness. It will set up quickly, so you've got to work fast at this point.

Step 6: Chocolate Added

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Sprinkle the chocolate over the top while the brittle is still hot. It will melt in only a few minutes.

Step 7: Cool and Enjoy!

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Cool the brittle completely and break into bite sized pieces.
Stored in an airtight container, it will keep for several days. However, it's quite addictive, so didn't last long at my house!


cookery (author)2014-12-01

Sounds perfect! I like the idea of the soda to lighten it up. I'll try that next time. Thanks for the comment.

MugenAlt236 (author)2014-11-30

Made this ! It was amazing. I did modify a bit though. With the cup of sugar and water I added a 1/4 cup of corn syrup to keep it from crystalizing on the sides of the pot. Upon adding the chipotle I dropped in a tbsp or butter with a pinch or two of baking soda. Nice, light and crispy.

cookery (author)2012-08-03

Thanks to everyone that voted for the Spicy Bacon Brittle. I'm very excited to be a finalist!

wazzup105 (author)2012-07-23

Now THAT sounds like some serious trail mix extravaganza !

cookery (author)wazzup1052012-07-23

Imagine the possibilities...

wazzup105 (author)cookery2012-07-23

I'd take up hiking just for the snack !

plehnhardt (author)2012-07-22

I want to try!!!

cookery (author)plehnhardt2012-07-22

Will do!

pkw (author)2012-07-20

Looks great. Gonna make if for hubby but use peanuts instead since he is allergic to nuts. However what temperature for the syrup? I would to make sure my sugar syrup is correct at step 4. Any info would be great. Pictures are wonderful but I do like to know the temperature. Thanks...

cookery (author)pkw2012-07-20

Sure...but the sugar is not really deep enough to use a thermometer. I went by color. The shot of the amber color was right before I turned off the heat and added the chipotle. Hope that helps. Just stick right with it and don't let it go too far. Let me know how it goes. Thanks so much!

alehnhar (author)2012-07-20

Looks really good!!!!!

cookery (author)alehnhar2012-07-20


jessyratfink (author)2012-07-20

This looks beyond amazing - that is gorgeous bacon!

cookery (author)jessyratfink2012-07-20

Thanks!! mmmm....bacon....

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