Bacon: It's for dessert
Yes, the secret's out: bacon and dessert can play well together. Quite well, actually.
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
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Photo credit: Ringo H.W. Chiu / For the Los Angeles Times