If you’re just making a few slices of bacon for yourself, by all means, continue pan frying it. But if you want to make a bigger batch oven baked bacon is definitely the best way to go. And when you add this cardamom maple glaze into the mix you have an easy, next-level brunch on your hands.
Is there a Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day brunch on your calendar? Then you’re definitely gonna wanna put this cardamom maple glazed oven baked bacon on your menu.
To be fair, this bacon can do a lot more than brunch. It can go on your BLT. You can chop it up and sprinkle it on your salad. Or it can be a part of your next cheese and charcuterie board. And once you taste it, you will want to put it on all three. Immediately.
But there is something about a special brunch that calls out for glazed bacon. We’re talking degrees of perfection here. Because, of course, bacon alone is perfect. When you get to Glazed bacon the situation is undoubtedly elevated. But when you get to Cardamom Maple glazed bacon eyes pop, heart rates soar and soft moans emanate from every direction.
And I, with my relentless need to entertain slash impress, am always shooting for that degree of perfection.
And fortunately oven baked bacon is very easy to make. Yes, it does require letting go of any romantic, Grapes of Wrath image you may have in your mind of cast iron skillets and open flames. But if you want everyone at the table to be eating bacon along with other things at the same time doing it in the oven is the BEST.
How To Make Oven Baked Bacon in Four Easy Steps
- Arrange slices of thick cut bacon on a foil lined baking sheet in a single layer.
- Bake at 350° for 15 minutes.
- Drain fat.
- Continue to bake until bacon reaches desired crispiness.
Of course, glazed bacon requires a few more steps but not many and it’s totally worth it. After you drain the fat, you’ll glaze the bacon on one side. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes. Flip bacon and glaze the other side. Bake until glaze is bubbling and bacon is crisp. Then you let it cool on a sheet of parchment paper until you’re ready to serve. Once it cools it shouldn’t be sticky to the touch.
And then you will want to waste NO TIME before diving in. The sweetness of the maple syrup and brown sugar with the floral notes of cardamom adds a new and exciting dimension to your bacon experience.
Give it a try and let me know what you think. Be sure to take a photo and tag it #midlifecroissant on social media.
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The sweetness of the maple syrup and brown sugar with the floral notes of cardamom will bring something new and exciting to your glazed bacon experience.
- 1 pound thick cut bacon
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1 Tablespoon light brown sugar
- 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cardamom
Preheat oven to 350°.
Arrange bacon slices on a foil lined baking sheet in a single layer. You can use two sheets if needed to make sure they don't overlap.
Bake for 15 minutes.
While it bakes, mix up the glaze ingredients in a small bowl. Mix very well.
After 15 minutes is up, remove bacon, drain the fat *see notes* from the sheet and brush the top side of each bacon slice with the glaze.
Bake for 7 minutes. Remove from oven and flip bacon over. Glaze the other side of each slice. Return to oven.
Bake 7 to 10 minutes more until they reach your desired level of crispiness. Thinner pieces should be done around 7 minutes, thicker pieces may need longer. Keep an eye on them to make sure they don't burn but glaze should darken and bubble.
Let bacon cool on a sheet of parchment paper until ready to serve.
You can drain the fat into a ramekin or mug and let it cool. Then you can refrigerate it and use it as a cooking fat.
There's no set standard of thickness to thick cut bacon so you will need to keep an eye on it toward the end to catch it at its peak doneness. "Undercooked" bacon will still be delicious it will just be a bit softer and stickier to the touch.