April 9, 2012

Brown Sugar Bacon Stuffed Waffles

It's that time again...

Secret Recipe Club

This month's assignment took me over to Veronica's Cornucopia & the wonderful variety of recipes she has over there.  There were several that caught my eye, but in the end - it was between the brown sugar bacon waffles & 'not your grandma's' chocolate sheet cake'.  


Yep.  That's what did it for me.  

A while back - the Mr. and I were watching television.  I had maneuvered the remote control, so it was on Diners, Drive-Ins, & Dives.  They were showing some diner on there that served waffles which were stuffed with strips of bacon.  How cool is that?!

That episode came to mind when I was in the kitchen prepping the bacon. Hey, why not just leave it whole?  So, that's what I did.  Thank you, Food Network :)

Next time I make these, I think I'm going to lay a couple of pieces of bacon in there halfway - so half of it is hanging out, and you see it better.  But, this works perfectly - and it's so good!  

If you don't have a waffle maker, then I'm sure you could adapt a little with a simple pancake recipe encased in bacon too.  Now, doesn't that sound delicious?

The brown sugar is bacon & the waffle/syrup combination is so good.  The mix of the flavors is perfect, and the result is one amazing breakfast.  Or don't eat it for breakfast & stuff it with sandwich toppings.  I bet that would be good!

However you serve it - it's gonna be good.

Bacon Stuffed Waffles


For the batter:
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cups vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups buttermilk
For the bacon:
  • 10 slices of bacon
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  

Line baking sheet with foil & spray with non-stick cooking spray.  Arrange bacon in a single layer on the baking sheet.  Sprinkle generously with brown sugar.  Place in the upper thrid of the oven & bake until sugar is caramelized & bacon is brown & crispy, about 10-15 minutes.  Remove from oven.  Immediately remove bacon slices using a pair of tongs.  Work quickly or they will stick.  Place them on a cutting board (not paper towels - they will stick!) to cool.

Set up your waffle iron on a level surface & turn on to preheat.  

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, & brown sugar.  Whisk to blend.  

In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, oil, buttermilk, & vanilla extract.  Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients  & fold.  Stir gently until combined.  Try not to overmix the batter or the waffles will become tough.

Pour your batter into the waffle maker.  Set a few slices of bacon in the batter - either all the way in or halfway out (whichever your preference).  Cook the waffles per your waffle maker's instructions.  

Serve with butter & syrup.


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