Black Pepper Bacon Waffles

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I have to credit these delicious waffles for properly introducing me to the concept of baking your bacon. I’ve seen it done on cooking shows, and I’ve heard celebrity cooks/chefs swear by it, but I’d never tried it until Joy said I needed to in order to make these amazing waffles. And I trust Joy. Well, baked bacon and I have now been properly acquainted, but I can’t say for certain that I’m a convert.

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I’m what you’d call a bona fide crispy bacon gal, meaning I like my bacon just this side of burnt. And this baked bacon didn’t crisp up anywhere near the texture I prefer. But, since the bacon just gets chopped and folded into the waffle batter (oh yes!), I didn’t really mind.

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Which brings me to the best part of these waffles – bacon in the batter!! And bacon that’s been crusted with black pepper, no less!! But what’s even better than that, if anything can be, is that the bacon grease that is still clinging to the pieces of bacon streaks itself all throughout the batter as you’re folding it in, so you get salty, bacon-y goodness in every. single. bite. It’s almost too much!

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And then once you drizzle these with maple syrup, you get that impossible-to-resist sweet and salty combination that I die for. I’m trying not to drool just typing all this. These will definitely go into the upper echelons of waffles I’ve ever made.

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Source: ever so slightly adapted from Joy the Baker Cookbook by Joy Wilson

Ingredients:
8 slices bacon
2 1/2 tsp freshly cracked black pepper, divided
3 cups flour
1 tbs baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup brown sugar
4 large eggs
2/3 cup canola oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups buttermilk

Directions:
Make the bacon: position a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat to 375 F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place a wire cooling rack on top. Lay the bacon on the cooling rack in a single layer. Sprinkle with 2 tsp of black pepper. Place the baking sheet in the oven for 15 minutes. Once it’s cool enough to handle, chop the bacon into bite-size pieces. Set aside.
Make the waffles: preheat your waffle maker according to manufacturer’s directions.
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, the remaining 1/2 tsp black pepper, and brown sugar.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, oil, vanilla and buttermilk. Add the buttermilk mixture, all at once, to the flour mixture. Stir until just incorporated.
Now fold in the bacon with a spatula. Try not to overmix the batter. A few lumps are okay.
Cook according to your waffle maker’s instructions. Serve warm with maple syrup and butter, if that’s your thing.

6 responses to “Black Pepper Bacon Waffles

  1. I saw the pic on Pinterest, so I *had* to check out the recipe…
    The baked bacon- I used to do that when my boys had sleepovers and I had a half-dozen starving 10-year-olds who all wanted to eat at the same time 😉
    Love the thought of pepper and bacon in a waffle batter- perfect!
    Also really enjoy your writing style =0)

    • Texan New Yorker

      Thank you so much! Welcome, welcome!! I love your blog name, btw – who doesn’t love sock monkeys? That is so cute! 🙂
      Wow, I can totally see how baking bacon would be a life-saver for those sleepovers. I’ll definitely play around with the idea some more.

  2. I bookmarked this immediately after reading about bacon grease streaking itself through batter. Hadn’t even gotten down to the recipe. You make it sound that good.

    I’m a die hard bacon baker mainly because it takes less work, makes less mess and gives me more bacon grease than cooking it on the stove top. I usually use a rimmed baking sheet and just leave the bacon directly on that (no foil, no rack) but I have to bake it longer to achieve the crispiness I prefer. Then I must transfer most of the cooked slices to the freezer because otherwise I eat them. I have no self control when it comes to bacon. I pour off the bacon grease into my Artisanal Bacon Grease Storage Device (a repurposed Kroger Potato Salad container I got from my mother-in-law) to use in other recipes.

    Enough about my bacon baking. I’m so making these waffles–my family will adore them. Now to decide which squash from the Strategic Winter Squash Reserve to add to them . . . .

    Thanks!

    • Texan New Yorker

      Thank you! Yeah, they were awesome – ridiculous, but awesome. 🙂

      Thanks for the baking bacon tips, I will definitely try just letting it cook longer to achieve more crispiness. The thing is, I think as I’ve written it would be a fine texture for most people – I just happen to like bacon REALLY crispy.

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