BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!!!! For all the Chocolate & Bacon Lovers out there!!!
There are only a couple of days of the year when chocolate for breakfast is acceptable and for us Christmas morning is one of them. The last couple of years we have loved making our own Rocky Road with the kids. We all get to put in a favourite ingredient, starting with my favourite (I am a chocoholic), a mix of milk & dark chocolate, any lollies we have around the house (there is usually a few different bags open, as our daughter has Type 1 Diabetes), marshmallows, which are our son’s favourite and we all know that Ric LOVES his bacon, so why not make some candied bacon & add it into our Rocky Road!
2 tablespoons maple syrup
•1 tablespoon brown sugar
•175g rindless free range bacon rashers
•400g dark chocolate, roughly chopped (or a mix of white & dark chocolate)
•280g white and pink marshmallows, roughly chopped
•200g glace cherries (we like to use Jelly Babies or Jubes cut up)
•150g Turkish Delight chocolate bar, roughly chopped
•½ cup unsalted roasted peanuts (I prefer to use macadamias but whatever nut you have on hand will be fine!)
- Preheat oven to 180˚C/160˚C fan-forced. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Combine maple syrup and brown sugar in a small bowl. Place bacon onto prepared tray and brush generously with maple syrup glaze. Bake for 15 minutes. Turn bacon and brush with maple syrup mixture. Bake for a further 15 minutes. Stand and cool. When cold and crisp, finely chop the bacon.
- Grease and line a 26cm x 16cm x 3cm deep baking pan with baking paper. Place chocolate into a large heatproof bowl. Microwave on high in 30 second bursts, stirring with a metal spoon after each burst, until just melted. Stir until smooth. Remove from heat and stand for 5 minutes.
- Stir through marshmallows, cherries/lollies, Turkish Delight, nuts and half of the bacon through the chocolate. Pour into prepared pan and spread evenly. Sprinkle with remaining bacon. Stand at room temperature to set (or refrigerate in hot weather). Cut into squares and serve.