Emma’s almost-famous bourbon, black cherry & bacon brownies

Bourbon, black cherry & bacon brownies

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(6 ratings)

Prep: 25 mins Cook: 55 mins plus macerating


Cuts into 12

These American traybake brownies include all of our favourite things, chocolate, booze and bacon - pure decadence

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per brownie

  • kcal456
  • fat23g
  • saturates13g
  • carbs50g
  • sugars36g
  • fibre3g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.5g
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  • 200g dried sour cherries
  • 100ml bourbon
  • 1 tsp cinnamon



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  • 50ml maple syrup
    Maple syrup

    Maple syrup

    may-pul sir-rup

    The rising spring sap of a number of varieties of maple tree

  • 6 rashers smoked streaky bacon
  • your favourite brownie mixture (see Goes well with for our Best-ever brownies recipe)
  • a little cocoa powder, for dusting


  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. In a small pan, warm (don’t boil) the cherries in the bourbon, then leave to infuse for at least 20 mins.

  2. Meanwhile, mix the cinnamon with the maple syrup and brush both sides of the bacon with it. Lay the rashers on a rack set over a roasting tin covered in foil and roast, basting occasionally with the syrup, for about 20 mins until they look nicely browned. Take them out and leave to cool completely on the rack while you make the brownie mixture.

  3. Follow your chosen recipe to make the brownie mixture and heat oven to the required temperature. Drain the bourbon-soaked cherries and add them to the brownie mixture. Chop the bacon into little pieces (it will crumble very easily) and add to the mixture too, stirring everything together. Bake as per the recipe, then leave to cool completely before dusting with cocoa and slicing into squares.

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8th Aug, 2017
I've made these twice now and think they're great!
19th Dec, 2016
No offense but I can assure you Americans don't eat these X'D I've never even heard of them.
22nd Aug, 2016
I decided to risk it and give this recipe a go. The salt from the bacon is fine but the smokiness was a bit too much for me. The bourbon cherries went well (though i prefer simpler flavours in brownies.) I think maybe i cut the bacon too large at 7mm squares but a finer dice may have been better. The malteaser brownies i made at the same time as these got plenty of positive feedback... The bacon and cherry ones didnt get any comments. Read in to that what you will...
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6th Aug, 2016
Is this a joke?!? Bacon and bourbon. And cherries...its sounds vile. anyone brave enough to try it or foolish enough to waste good borbon?!?
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