This past weekend I had a campout with the scouting troop that I lead and we tried a few new recipes. While both need a bit more fine-tuning, one was a hit with the scouts so it made the cut for this month’s Monthly Morsel. So this is how to make pancake … no, baconjacks … hmm, flapcons … how about, bacon cakes?
- Bacon (for this recipe I would suggest thick sliced)
- Pancake batter
- Maple syrup
Step 1: Fry up the bacon trying to keep it as flat as possible. I did not have a bacon press with me but would highly recommend it (more on why in the next step). I also fried the entire package up and set the bacon aside, but this meant the bacon got cold. I quickly realized that the bacon needed to be warm for the next step to work, so I had to reheat the bacon before going to step two, and this was essential for the pancake batter to cook all the way through.
Step 2: Mix up your pancake batter and spoon it over the warm bacon. A few hints and tips here:
- A bacon press would have been great because it was tricky getting the batter to cook thoroughly in those parts of the bacon that were curled up.
- I think if I did this again I would pour some batter on the griddle, put the bacon on top of the batter, then pour on more batter. This would have allowed the bacon to be completely “wrapped” in pancake.
Step 3: Once the batter begins to bubble up on the sides of the bacon it is time to flip the bacon cakes. I did learn that right along the bacon strip the batter did not bubble up like a normal pancake, but as long as there was not batter in a deep well/curl of the bacon they did cook all the way through.
Step 4: Enjoy with some maple syrup and maybe even a side of eggs and hash-browns.
One variation of this recipe that I think would work better (and maybe even be easier to prepare) is to fry up the bacon, let it cool a little, then cut it up into small pieces. Then you would pour pancake batter on a griddle and sprinkle the bacon pieces on top of the batter. This would infuse the whole pancake with more “bacon” flavor, as well as ensure the pancake is cooking evenly.
If anyone else has given this a try and wants to give me some more pointers for the next time we do this with the family please leave a comment below. Also if anyone is wondering about what kind of griddle I use, it is part of my Camp Chef Expedition 3 burner stove. I love this stove and would highly recommend it to anyone who cooks for large groups at campouts.
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