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Bacon Caramel Scuffins with Caramel Clotted Cream

Bacon Caramel Scuffins with Caramel Clotted Cream
PREP TIME
1h
COOK TIME
50 min
YIELDS
24 servings

Even dessert is better with a bit of bacon.

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Ingredients

Nonstick cooking spray, for muffin tin
6
slices Applewood-smoked bacon
1 ½
cups all-purpose flour
1
tsp baking powder
⅛ tsp kosher salt
1
stick (8 tbsp) unsalted butter, softened
½
cup light brown sugar
1
large egg
½
tsp vanilla extract
½
cup half-and-half
6
tsp plus 2 tbsp jarred caramel sauce
½
cup clotted cream
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Directions

Notes

Special equipment: a 24-cup mini muffin tin

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Spray a 24-cup mini muffin tin with cooking spray.

Step 2

Arrange the bacon in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until very crisp and brown, turning once, 18 to 20 minutes. Drain on a paper-towel-lined plate, then chop very finely.

Step 3

Whisk the flour, baking powder and salt together in a medium bowl.

Step 4

Combine the butter and brown sugar in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until well combined. Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat until well mixed. Whisk in the half-and-half, and then add the flour mixture; beat until just incorporated, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. Stir in the chopped bacon.

Step 5

Distribute the batter evenly among the muffin cups, smoothing the surface with moistened fingers. With your finger or a small measuring spoon, make small divots in the center of the batter and spoon 1/4 teaspoon of the caramel sauce into each divot.

Step 6

Bake until a wooden pick inserted into the center of the scuffins comes out clean, about 15 minutes. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then remove from the pan and cool completely on a rack.

Step 7

While the scuffins bake, gently swirl together the clotted cream and the remaining 2 tablespoons caramel sauce.

Step 8

Serve the scuffins with the caramel clotted cream.

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