Oh.mah.gawd. Chitlins, I reached a level of nirvana on Monday night that I had never reached before when it comes to delicious food, and believe me I have reached many levels of nirvana when it comes to edibles. So The BF’s actual birthday was on Monday and we were supposed to be going to dinner but, well, we’re both old now (though he’s older, seewhatididthere?) and we were still recovering from hangover tummy issues from Saturday night. So basically, we went to bed at 9:30 and disgraced ourselves. It happens, don’t look at me like that.
So after I got home for work and realized that making a classic cheesecake took way more time than I felt like investing (sorry BF, I love you, but let’s be real here), I decided I would finally make something that I had been thinking about for at least a week when it first popped into my head.
The BF told me that when he was a kid his mom would make waffles and pancakes with bacon in them. Seriously, why didn’t this kind of brilliance occur in my household? Ugh. So then I thought, well I make this really awesome French toast cupcake with maple bacon (side note, have you seen the maple bacon dog video, totes adorbs) and well I had just made French toast stuffed with strawberries, why don’t we stick some bacon in there instead.
Then I had another brainwave that was at least elebinty times better than the first one, hello bourbon in my French toast would reach levels of epicness heretofore unseen in my kitchen. And then I realized that cooking it in my waffle iron would just utterly blow my mind, not to mention take half the time. Oh.mah.gawd.
After I recovered from my genius induced blackout, I set to work making this epic meal happen. I had seen images on Pinterest (oh eternal giver of brilliant ideas) of people baking their bacon with different stuff, so I lathered mine up with some brown sugar and bourbon. And then I bought cinnamon swirl bread, because it’s delicious, do you really need a reason to buy that stuff? And well, there you have it. I soaked that in some bourbon egg mixture, because hello double bourbon is obviously better than single bourbon.
*Just a note: If you don’t have a waffle iron don’t worry, you’re only missing out on a minor percentage of the epicness of this meal. You can totally make this in the classic French toast fashion, skillet style or even bake it. The bourbon only adds a hint of flavor so if you don’t like it (what’s wrong with you?) you can totally leave it out and your French toast won’t be lacking.
Brown Sugar Bourbon Bacon Stuffed Cinnamon Swirl French Toast
My own amazing geniusness.
2 tsp bourbon
Pre-heat oven to 350° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment or silpat.Lay the slices of bacon on the lined baking sheet. Brush evenly with bourbon and sprinkle evenly with brown sugar. Bake for 5-10 minutes until bacon is fully cooked and your kitchen smells heavenly. Remove from oven until cool enough to handle.