Day 13 of 20 (4/20 Foods) – Cinnamon Rolls with Bacon

Cinnamon Rolls

Here we are! Day thirteen! We’re almost there. and today we have another easy almost homemade recipe. Eventually we want to take a stab at fully homemade cinnamon rolls but until then, these will have to suffice.

I mean, is there anything better than bacon and warm cinnamon rolls? These two make a sweet and salty, deliciously warm combination that makes our mouths water just thinking about it.

You can use any brand of store bought cinnamon rolls but we highly recommended, if it’s available Pillsbury Maple Brown Sugar

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We actually have another recipe using these bad boys, but that’s not for a few more days. But until then, let our scrumptious bacon rolled cinnamon rolls tide you over.

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Day 4 of 20 (4/20 Foods) – Bacon Jampanadas

Bacon Jampanadas

Bacon Jampanadas are the happiest accident we ever created. These were created because we had a lot of extra pie dough from making the pop-tarts, so we started searching the kitchen for other things to use so we don’t waste. I know, us and these damn pop-tarts! We can’t help that food-pockets are essential stoner food.

Anyway, an amazing idea presented itself, BACON JAM! Yes, smokey, sweet, savory goodness in a cute little portable pocket form. It’s like Polly Pocket, but Piggy Pocket, haha. Also, the name “Bacon Jampanadas” was an inspiration that was stumbled upon while eating these stoned.

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SUPER BOWL JALAPENO POPPERS

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We’re back…again! Look at us, three days in a row. Or was it four? Either way, we’re here to get you through hump day and have another great recipe for your Super Bowl Party. These Jalapeño Poppers are out of this world! They’re sweet, tangy, and spicy. What could be better? Oh right…BACON. Bacon makes just about everything better.

We’ve made a few adjustments since we first made it and we think these will be a great addition to any super bowl party. Spicy jalapeños, cool green apples, and bacon. What could be better.

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Bacon Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Bacon Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Bacon. Peanut Butter. Banana Bread? Say what? We love a good loaf bread over here at TYL, and when you combine bacon, peanut butter, and bananas do you know what you get? If you’re thinking Elvis, you’re not wrong, but when you mix those three things in the kitchen?  You make something truly wonderful!

This is the epitome a sweet and savory snack or dessert or get crazy with some french toast. The bacon pairs nicely with peanut butter and bananas already so add them together, and you get magic. Pure magic. A party in your mouth.

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Bacon Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Bacon Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Banana Bacon Bread

Ingredients 

  • 6 Sliced Bacon (Thick-cut and chopped)
  • 2 1/2 Cups AP Flour
  • 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoons Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1 cup Dark Brown Sugar (Loosely Packed)
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Stick Butter (Browned and cooled)
  • 1/2 Cup Peanut Butter*
  • 1/4 Cup Bacon Drippings
  • 4  Ripe Bananas (Mashed)
  • 1/3 Cup Milk

*You can take out the peanut butter and add Nutella…YES. Life is better with Nutella.

Step 1: 

Preheat your oven to 350°F and spray your loaf pan with cooking spray.

Step 2: 

Heat a large skillet over medium high heat and add bacon. Cook until the fat had rendered out. Remove the bacon from the pan and reserve the bacon fat.

Bacon Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Bacon Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Step 3: 

In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.

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Step 4: 

In a large bowl, whisk your eggs and sugar together. Next add the vanilla, peanut butter, bacon fat, and browned butter. Stir until smooth.

Step 5: 

Next, add the mashed the bananas and milk and stir until combined. In batches, slowly stir in the dry ingredients until the batter begins to come together. Fold in the bacon.

Bacon Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Bacon Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Bacon Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Bacon Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Step 6: 

Pour the batter into your greased loaf pan. Place the loaf on a baking sheet and bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Bacon Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Bacon Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Step 7: 

Allow bread to cool and remove from the loaf pan. Serve with peanut butter, butter or nutella.

Bacon Peanut Butter Banana Bread

TYL Tip Tuesday

Today’s TYL Tip is about BACON. Yeah, we love bacon, sue us.

To make your bacon chopping easier, place your bacon in the freezer for about ten minutes before you start chopping. This will make your bacon cutting a breeze! No more messy bacon and almost slicing your fingers off!

Don’t forget, when making chopped bacon, always add an extra piece, because lets be real, you’re going to be munching on it, because who doesn’t love bacon?

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Pro Baking Tip #6: More Bacon Bits

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If you didn’t already know, we love BACON. Bacon is the best and bacon goes with almost everything.

A few months ago, we gave you a recipe for the perfect Bacon, which was made in an oven. But right now, it’s WAY TOO HOT to even think about turning on the oven, so pan fried bacon will have to suffice.

The reason we’re not a fan of pan fried bacon, is most of the time once you put the bacon in the pan it shrivels up and you feel like you loose half of the bacon because it shrinks!

The mistake that most people make when pan frying bacon is that they turn the heat up way too high therefore shrinking the bacon and you lose all the bacon-y goodness.

Our solution to this problem is making sure the bacon goes into A COLD PAN first. And cooking it LOW an SLOW.

Sure, it takes longer, but in the end you have more bacon and everyone is happy.

So remember, the trick to perfect bacon in a pan:

  1. Start your bacon in a COLD PAN.
  2. Keep the heat between low and medium low.
  3. Cook until done.
  4. BAM. Perfect pan fried bacon…every time!

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P.S. you know you’ve cooked your bacon properly when the fat literally melts in your mouth!

Pro Baking Tip #5

BACON

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BACON! Something you’ll see a lot of here in our blog. Over the summer, we’ve been to a couple BBQs where we’ve encountered a big mistake, HUGE! The misuse of added bacon nuggets to everyday bbq food, mostly hamburgers.

You CANNOT add raw bacon to your raw hamburger meat and expect it to cook properly. You will end up with a cooked burger and little nuggets of Trichinellosis, also called trichinosis! That’s just gross.

The way we do it is:

  1. Place packet of bacon in the freezer for 10 minutes. This makes the bacon easier to cut, otherwise it will just squish around your cutting board.
  2. Cut bacon into little pieces.
  3. Put the pieces into a cold pan and turn on the heat. Low and slow will give the best result.
  4. Now you can mix the cooked bacon pieces into the raw hamburger meat before cooking.

This tip also applies when baking, remember to always cook your bacon first! Trust us! We have your back.

ENJOY!