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Bacon: It's for dessert

January 12, 2009 |  9:27 am

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Yes, the secret's out: bacon and dessert can play well together. Quite well, actually.

Joel Stein, who pens a weekly column for the Los Angeles Times, has a piece in the current issue of Time entitled "What's Cooking? Bacon, for Dessert."

Stein's story includes five recipes for bacon desserts: Brioche Bread Pudding (from pastry chef Vera Tong of Dovetail in New York), Simplified Bacon Chocolate Crunch Bar (from chefs Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo of Animal in Los Angeles), Maple Syrup Pudding (from Katrina Markoff, owner of Vosges Haut-Chocolat with boutiques in Chicago, New York and Las Vegas), Chocolate Creme with Caramelized Banana, Bacon and Burnt Milk Ice Cream (from pastry chef Ramon Perez of Sona in Los Angeles) and Chocolate Bread Pudding with Bacon Creme Anglaise (from chef Jerome Chang of Dessert Truck in New York). 

The photo above is a close-up of Shook and Dotolo's signature bacon crunch bar. Their restaurant, Animal, was reviewed just last summer by our own restaurant critic, S. Irene Virbila, who singled out the dessert in her write-up:

"As for the dudes' signature bacon chocolate crunch bar? I like it. The bacon stands in for a light sprinkling of salt, and it works."

Works for me too. These 5 desserts are Nos. 20-24 on my list of "1,001 things to do with bacon."

-- Noelle Carter

For the rest of the list, check here:

No. 19: Make a bacon-doughnut-cheeseburger

No. 18: Bacon bath salts

No. 17: Chicken-fried bacon, a.k.a. "bacon porn"

No. 16: Use bacon grease on your popcorn

No. 15: Get a bacon tattoo

No. 14: Make chocolate cupcakes with bacon cream cheese frosting

No. 13: Cover it in chocolate

No. 12: Make a bacon piñata

No. 11: Write letters about it

No. 10: Use it as currency

No. 9: Bacon chips

No. 8: Rumaki

No. 7: Lentils and bacon

No. 6: Gift it

No. 5: Maple-bacon biscuits

No. 4: Roasted potato salad

No. 3: Apple bacon coffeecake

No. 2: Panzanella

No. 1: Candied Bacon Martini

Bacon recipes galore!

Even more bacon recipes

The post that started it all....

Photo credit: Ringo H.W. Chiu / For the Los Angeles Times

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