Secret Recipe Club - June

Secret Recipe Club

Brownies with a Twist

Chris writes: The school year is finally winding down. Exams are being graded. Papers are being handed back with sighs of relief, regardless of the grade. Prom pictures are being taken. Retirement parties are being given. Summer is fast upon us. Finally, time to cook again.

This month as part of this our SecretRecipeClub community blog we were asked to choose from Kristy's blog Gastronomical Sovereignty. This blog has it all: appetizers ranging from bruschetta to fried squash blossoms with chevre, soups, salads and mains for all of the ‘vores” (that’s carnivore, herbivore and omnivore for you non-biology-teachers out there), as well as a nice selection of sides and sauces. But most importantly, it has desserts. Yeah, that is the one that caught my attention. When I stumbled upon the brownie recipe from a guestblogger that used bacon fat and maple syrup as its primary ingredients I thought, “Yep. We have a winner!”.

This recipe is designed to make 4 to 6 ramekin chocolate lava brownies. Since I was only able to locate two of my ramekins I felt an experiment was in order and tried making them in a cupcake pan instead. It didn't turn out as bad as I thought it was going to. Actually, as I look across the rack of the dozen small coffee-infused, maple-bacon chocolate lava cakes one word keeps coming to mind -- “breakfast”. Think about it: bacon, eggs, maple syrup, coffee AND chocolate! That's a breakfast that would make Bruce Jenner happy. Well... the Bruce Jenner from our childhood that is. 

Yeah, tomorrow may be Monday and it may be the start of the last week school, but starting off my day with one of these cakes is going to make things a whole lot easier. This recipe is as easy to make, as it is delicious to eat. A big 'Thanks' to Kristy for turning us on to a new guilty pleasure. We have plans on revisiting her blog soon to try a few of her more healthy meals.


2 eggs
1 cup of strong coffee (if you aren't a coffee fan, chai tea might be tasty)
1/2 cup bacon grease (liquid or room temperature)
1 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup flour 
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp cocoa powder (We used Dark Chocolate powder)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder

What to Do:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, blend wet ingredients in a food processor, add dry ingredients and process until just mixed. Pour batter into into 4-6 small ramekins or a small baking dish. Bake for 15 minutes and let the brownies sit for 10-15 minutes before serving. Serves 4-6. Refrigerate leftovers.

Dry ingredients
Mixed with wet ingredients





Camilla M. Mann said...

Brownies for breakfast?! You would be my kids' hero. I will definitely give these a try - for dessert. I am from Group A, but stepped in to help out an orphan. It's nice to meet some new bloggers.

Toni said...

Breakfast Brownies? Are you kidding me? I think I'm in love and I know I'll NEVER skip breakfast again with these around!

Sara said...

Love these! A crazy combination of ingredients, but sounds awesome! :)

Deanna - Teaspoon of Spice said...

I must admit, the title of this post had me zero in on it like a laser! These look so amazing.

india said...

do you think this would work with liquid smoke instead of bacon (I'm a vegan)?.

Our Eating Habits said...

Breakfast indeed! I will fully admit that I would have these on the morning, from my chocolate loving heart, I can honestly say, wow, job well done!

Rhonda said...

bacon fat, yes please. I agree with all those ingredients it sounds like breakfast to me, hello deliciousness.

Karen - Cinnamon Freud said...

What a great idea for brownies! Any reason to eat brownies for breakfast, I am all in.

Melissa said...

Brownies for breakfast? Sounds like my kind of meal. The ingredients sound unique, but something I'd love to try!

Bubbe Bites said...

OH MY!! This looks so good, look at all the wonderful ingredients. It must have such a depth in flavor. Delish!!

jck said...

In a word: WOW.

Unknown said...

ahhhhh coffee in my brownies? Sign me up!

Erin said...

Brownies for breakfast? Yes, please!

Gloria - The Ginger Snap Girl said...

Genius! Definitely breakfast worthy. Your cakes look like chocolate heaven.

yummychunklet said...

Great twist!

Unknown said...

HA! It's so funny that you say my blog has desserts - considering I don't consider myself a baker. But that's evolved over the past few years and yes, I do in fact bake now.

Your little treats look delicious and totally cakey! They were actually a guest post from a good friend of mine so I'll send her your way so she knows you made them.

Happy SRC reveal from a fellow group C member!

Heather said...

Glad you liked it. Let me know if you have any suggested tweaks. I wrote the original recipe for Kristy's blog.

I didn't think about the potential for the recipe as a breakfast food. Good call!

Jen @JuanitasCocina said...

I have ramekins!!! Making these ASAP!