The recipe only calls for two pieces of bacon, which is the first thing I would change- more bacon please! Next time I would go with at least twice as much meat. I crisped up the bacon to make it easy to crumble- an important quality for this treat.
The next part is somewhat difficult- making the caramel. Reading through the recipe made it seem super easy, but when you add high heat and sugar, you can often end up with a sticky disaster. The first step is melting one cup of sugar in a pan. As I said, the recipe called for high heat, which meant the sugar melted rapidly and required a lot of attention.
Unfortunately you can't exactly turn down the heat of the sugar once it has reached its melted state, so my sugar ended up with a mildly burned quality- not good for caramel. As soon as it was melted (it gains an amber color as it melts) I turned the heat down and added a stick of butter, which created a rather combustive reaction. Super bubbly.
|Top left: Melting sugar. Top right: Sugar+butter. Bottom: Slightly chunky caramel.|
Double line an 8" square pan with aluminum foil and grease with butter or non-stick spray. Spread half of the batter into the bottom of the pan- this requires some patience as the batter is pretty thick. Then drizzle a third of the caramel over the batter.
Next, spread the remaining batter over the top and add the rest of the caramel. My caramel was nowhere near cooled so it pooled over the top.
|Sugar and butter coated brownie batter.|
After the surface of the brownies was firm, I allowed them to cool for about an hour and a half. The high butter and sugar content makes them incredibly sticky and moist- and difficult to cut. The cooler, the better. Cut into small pieces- trust me, a few bites is all you need.
Next time I would absolutely use more bacon (and more salt), and perhaps follow a more exact recipe for caramel- I think a candy thermometer may be essential. Regardless, these were some darn good brownies. We wrapped up about half the pan into individual servings and popped them in the freezer- a single pan will serve a sweet tooth for quite some time.