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Salted Beer Caramel Waffle Dessert

Ingredients

  • For Waffle:
  • boxed waffle mix
  • 1 lb. bacon
  • caramel sauce
  • pure maple syrup
  • For Caramel Sauce:
  • 2 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 c. beer dark (I used a stout)
  • 10 Tbsp. unsalted butter softened, cut into cubes
  • 1 c. heavy cream room temperature
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. flaky sea salt

Instructions

  1. Reserve one piece of raw bacon for each waffle you intend to make. Fry the other bacon, drain, and chop to be sprinkled over the dessert later.
  2. For the sauce: Put the sugar and beer in a 4 quart heavy bottom saucepan over high heat. Stir the mixture until the sugar has dissolved and then quit stirring the pot.
  3. Boil the mixture without stirring (If you stir it will cause crystallization)until the caramel reaches a deep amber color. You can swirl the pan to loosen things up but do not stir. Add the butter a piece at a time and stir until all the butter has melted. Remove pan from heat and slowly whisk in the cream, vanilla and the salt until well combined.
  4. Return pan to medium-high heat, cooking until slightly thickened, about 4-5 minutes. Allow sauce to cool for ten minutes and then transfer to a glass jar. Cool completely then top with lid and refrigerate until ready to use. This will keep in the refrigerator for a couple of weeks if it last that long. You may want to heat the sauce a little before drizzling over your waffle.
  5. Waffle: Make the waffle mix according to the box directions. Heat your waffle iron, (I spray mine with cooking spray). Have your bacon already cut up in pieces. I use one slice per waffle. Pour your waffle mix onto the hot waffle iron and quickly top with the chopped RAW bacon. Close lid and wait for the delicious aroma to fill the kitchen. Remove waffle, drizzle plate with caramel sauce, top with waffle, drizzle a little maple syrup on waffle, then caramel sauce then ice cream, then another drizzle of caramel sauce and top with fried bacon crumbles.

Recipe Notes

Knife and fork in hand, DIG IN. Enjoy. I think of my mother everytime I made waffles and bacon and now will think of her when I make this dessert.