This brownie recipe uses bacon for the perfect combination of sweet and salty.
1 cup bacon, finely chopped
2 teaspoons maple syrup
3/4 cup unsalted butter, cubed
6 oz semi-sweet chocolate, broken into pieces
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup plain flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoonmild chilli powder
2 oz dark chocolate chunks
Set your oven to 350° F and line a deep 12-inch x nine-inch baking tray with baking parchment leaving an overhang on each side
Fry the bacon in a pan until just starting to crisp. Add the maple syrup and fry until a shade browner and crisper. Remove from the heat and leave to cool on a plate
Melt the butter and chocolate in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water (or bain-marie), stirring occasionally. Once melted, remove from the heat, and allow to cool
In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the eggs and sugar until the mixture is thickened and fluffy, then, in a separate bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, smoked paprika and chilli powder.
Fold the cooled chocolate mixture into the egg mixture. Sieve in the dry ingredients, and fold together until uniform in colour.
Fold in the chocolate chunks and bacon pieces. You may need to break up the bacon pieces as they may have stuck together while cooling
Pour your mixture into the lined tray and gently spread to level the surface. Place in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes, then leave to cool completely in the tin before cutting into squares.
To decorate, place the larger bacon pieces in the frying pan and cook until crisp. Remove and leave to cool. Melt the remaining bowl over a saucepan of simmering water (or bain-marie), or in a microwave on short bursts, until fully melted
Coat the bacon pieces one at a time in the melted chocolate. Place a bacon piece on top of each brownie and sprinkle with sea salt.