Gingerbread Bacon Bars

29 Jun

Base Layer:

4 c flour
3 Tbsp ground ginger
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cloves
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 t black pepper
1 stick butter
1/2 c bacon fat
1 1/2 c dark brown sugar
4 eggs
1 c molasses
8 slices cooked bacon, chopped

Jam Topping:

3/4 c of your favorite Apple Beer Jam
2 Tbsp butter

Crumb Topping:

6 slices cooked bacon, chopped
3/4 c brown sugar
2/3 c flour
1 tsp cinnamon
4 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp bacon fat
1 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp smoked salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Butter a half sheet pan, and then add a layer of parchment to the bottom of the pan.

Prepare the base layer: In a large bowl, whisk together dry ingredients (4 c flour, 3 Tbsp ginger, 1 Tbsp cinnamon, 1 tsp nutmeg, 1 tsp cloves, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp black pepper).

In a stand mixer, mix 1 stick butter, 1/2 c bacon fat, and 1 1/2 c dark brown sugar until well-combined. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, then 1 c molasses and 8 slices of cooked bacon, chopped into pieces. Add above dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Pour into prepared half sheet pan.

In a small saucepan, heat jam topping ingredients (3/4 c apple beer jam plus 2 Tbsp butter) just until butter melts. Drizzle over base.

In a stand mixer, combine crumb topping ingredients (6 slices cooked chopped bacon, 3/4 c brown sugar, 2/3 c flour, 1 tsp cinnamon, 4 Tbsp butter, 2 Tbsp bacon fat, 1 tsp ginger, 1/2 tsp smoked salt) until well combined – texture will be crumbly. Spread over top of bars.

Bake at 350 for 22-27 minutes.



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