For those of us who prefer savory pancakes, waffles, and French toast, this recipe will likely satisfy. It’s easy to make even if it’s a bit time consuming (about an hour from start to finish). It pairs well with a cream cheese spread (whip softened cream cheese with heavy whipping cream until easily spreadable). Best served warm or, at the very least, room temperature. Oddly, some people enjoy this on a peanut butter sandwich.
However you choose to eat it, we hope you like it.
Savory-ish Bacon Jam
Cut the bacon into 1/2" slices and add to a large frying pan. The bacon pieces will separate as they cook. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring, frequently until the bacon is cooked but not super crispy. A few crispy bits are fine.
Remove the bacon from the pan with a slotted spoon and set it aside. Pour out all but about 1-2 tablespoons of the drippings and reserve for another use.
Add the onions to the pan and cook for about 10 minutes then reduce the heat to low. Add the sugar and stir well. Continue to cook until the onions have caramelized, about 20+ minutes. Add the espresso (or coffee) and the bacon and increase the heat back up to medium. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally until thick and jam-like, about 30 minutes
Remove from the heat and stir the balsamic through adding more to suit your taste. Add salt if desired.
For a uniform consistency, put it in your food processor and pulse until you are happy with the result.
This Pear-Spice Bundt Cake recipe is courtesy of Martha Stewart and can be found in her baking cookbook in our store. For those of you who have been in the store on any given Saturday, you know that we nearly always provide a sweet goodie and fresh coffee for our visitors. We either make something from scratch or purchase freshly baked goods from our local grower’s market. Over the years, we’ve served this cake in the store several times because we’ve found it to be a reliable, easy-to-make recipe. For a link to the original recipe on the Martha Stewart website, click HERE.
Pear-Spice Bundt Cake
10 minutes cooling
In a saucepan, spread granulated sugar in an even layer. Cook over medium-high heat, without stirring, until sugar around edge of pan melts and begins to turn golden, 3 to 4 minutes. Using a wooden spoon, slowly stir until all sugar has melted and mixture is translucent and golden.
Add pear chunks to caramel, and stir to coat. Cook, covered, over low heat until very soft, 6 to 8 minutes, swirling pan occasionally. Using a potato masher, mash pears until they are broken down but still slightly chunky. Continue cooking, uncovered, 5 minutes more, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; let cool completely.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a 10-inch (12-cup capacity) Bundt pan, tapping out excess. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, baking soda, pepper, and nutmeg; set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter, brown sugar, and honey on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until combined after each addition. With mixer on the lowest speed, add flour mixture in two batches, alternating with milk and beginning and ending with flour. Add reserved pear sauce and mix to combine, about 1 minute, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Do not over mix.
Spoon batter into prepared pan and smooth with a small offset spatula. Bake, rotating pan halfway through, until cake is a deep golden brown and a cake tester inserted in center comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack to cool slightly. Invert cake onto a wire rack set over a piece of parchment paper and allow to cool 10 minutes.
OPTIONAL: Once cool, pour your favorite glaze over the top, letting some drip down the sides. Alternatively, dust with confectioners' sugar.