Blueberry Belgian Waffles with Brown Sugar Bacon

Baby steps.

Three days away from this site has left me feeling disconnected. From my blog. From food. From you.

I falsely believed absence made the heart grow fonder.

Instead, each passing day made it easier for me to stay away.

I even wondered what would happen if I never came back? What would I…do?

You may be thinking 3 days? That’s nothing.

But three days is a short lifetime. When blogging is your life.

Just like finding your lost puppy or talking to an old friend you haven’t seen in years, it takes slow and steady steps to get reintroduced, to find your way back to where you were before. Baby steps.

I feel awkward sitting at my keyboard as I search for believable words to convey how utterly showstopping these candied bacon and waffles really are.

Thick-cut bacon is dredged in a brown sugar and chili powder mix that encases the bacon in a caramelized glaze when baked in the oven. The bacon explodes in a flurry of sweet, salty and smoky flavors in a way that is completely irresistible!

Dots of deep purple run throughout the thick, fluffy Belgian waffles from the sweet blueberries that melt into the batter like candy pieces.

With candied bacon, maple syrup and fresh whipped cream, you could argue this is a dessert masquerading as breakfast! And I would be inclined to agree…

Blueberry Belgian Waffles

Rating: 51

Yield: 6 waffles

Blueberry Belgian Waffles

INGREDIENTS:

butter or vegetable oil for greasing waffle iron
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 + 1/2 cups milk
2 eggs
4 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled, plus more for serving
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 + 1/3 cups blueberries
maple syrup, for serving
fresh whipped cream, for serving

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat waffle iron. Combine dry ingredients. Mix together the milk and eggs. Stir in the butter and vanilla. Stir the wet into the dry ingredients. Stir in the blueberries.
  2. Spread a ladle of batter onto the waffle iron and cook until done about 3 to 5 minutes. Repeat until all the batter is used.
  3. Serve immediately with butter, maple syrup and/or whipped cream.

Notes:

http://www.cinnamonspiceandeverythingnice.com/blueberry-belgian-waffles-with-candied-brown-sugar-bacon/

Brown Sugar Bacon

Rating: 51

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Brown Sugar Bacon

INGREDIENTS:

1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons chili powder*
8 slices thick-cut bacon

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. Set a cooling rack inside the prepared pan and set aside.
  2. Combine brown sugar and chili powder in a shallow dish. Dredge the bacon slices in the brown sugar mixture and place, not touching, on rack. Bake until crisp, 15 – 20 minutes. Blot excess grease with paper towels if needed.

Notes:

Adapted from Paula Deen

http://www.cinnamonspiceandeverythingnice.com/blueberry-belgian-waffles-with-candied-brown-sugar-bacon/

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