The lovely PR girl at Aero recently contacted me and asked me if I would be interested in a foodie flavour mission…my challenge, should I choose to accept it, was to come up with a recipe for “Perfect Pairings”.
I had to think of my ultimate food pairing – and if it was weird or unusual then all the better! Aero even sent me a very cool cooking kit to help me create my recipe – picture to follow (for some reason my phone camera is refusing to upload pictures tonight!
I am actually quite into odd food combinations – cheese & jam anyone? My husband doesn’t believe me but it’s strangely delicious.
My favourite food combination is without a doubt sweet/savoury. I could eat pancakes with bacon and maple syrup for breakfast every day if I could get away with it. I’ve been wondering what the maple syrup and bacon combo would be like in a cupcake for ages now, and now that I’ve tried them I can tell you it’s pretty darn delicious!
So here is my entry for the Perfect Pairing competition. These cupcakes have all the flavours of the classic American breakfast – buttermilk pancakes with maple syrup and bacon 🙂
Maple buttermilk cupcakes with maple cinnamon buttercream and candied bacon
100g Butter, softened
120g Soft light brown sugar
2 Large eggs
60ml maple syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup buttermilk
250g Self Raising Flour
1/2-1 tsp cinnamon
Line a 12 cup cupcake tray with liners. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time. Pour in the maple syrup and vanilla. Add the flour and buttermilk alternately until the mixture is smooth. Spoon into the cupcake liners and bake for 20-25 minutes or until well risen. Cool on wire racks.
Maple Cinnamon Buttercream
125g soft butter
300g Icing sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
60ml maple syrup
Beat the butter and icing sugar together until very light and fluffy. Add the cinnamon and maple syrup and beat until fluffy and cloud like.
I didn’t use a recipe as such for this..I just took 2-3 rashers of smoked back bacon and placed them in a bowl of brown sugar, cinnamon and cayenne pepper. The cayenne takes the edge off all the sweetness. I made sure the bacon was well covered in the sugar mixture, then placed on a foil covered grill pan and cook at 180C for 20-25 minutes…be careful…I nearly set my smoke alarm off at 11pm after forgetting to check the bacon! It goes black and charred very quickly! I just managed to catch mine in time and no more! Cut into pieces and use to decorate the cupcakes.
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