Thursday, December 25, 2014


1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoons double dutch cocoa powder
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoons salt
12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup strong espresso, cooled

for the maple bacon icing:
1/2 teaspoon whole milk
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon maple extract
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
8 strips center cut bacon, cooked and crumbled

Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter a 9 x 5 loaf pan. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper and butter the parchment paper as well. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

In stand mixer, beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, throughly mixing each time. Add vanilla extract and mix until combined.

Add half flour mixture and half espresso. Mix. Add remaining flour mixture and espresso and mix until smooth and no large lumps remain.

Transfer batter to prepared baking loaf pan. Bake for 55-65 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let sit until cool, at least 45 minutes and then remove from pan.

Then, in a small bowl whisk together milk, pure maple syrup, and maple extract. Add powdered sugar, whisking until smooth. Slowly pour on top of the cooled poundcake and sprinkle with crumbled bacon. Serve immediately.

bacon recipe source: Jessica Segarra, The Novice Chef (@TheNoviceChef), July 18, 2012

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