|Maple Toasted Medley of Croutons, Bacon and Pecans|
Serves: Makes approx. 3 cups
1 cup day old crusty bread cut into 1/2" cubes
1 cup chopped bacon
1 cup pre-toasted pecans*
2 tbsp. neutral oil (Canola, Safflower etc.)
1/2 cup real maple syrup
Using a large skillet, heat the oil until piping hot. Add the bacon, and fry until almost crispy. Add the bread cubes and toss with the bacon to ensure they are coated in the oil and bacon residue. Lower the heat to medium high, and fry until the croutons are golden. Add the pecans and maple syrup. Blend all the ingredients and fry again for about 2 minutes. Careful because it can burn easily (mine got a bit burned...I'll be more careful next time!). Transfer to a baking sheet lined with lots of paper towels to soak up the grease. Once cooled, serve on top of your favorite salad, pancakes, waffles, ice cream...whatever you like! Or, store in a tightly sealed tupperware in the refrigerator until required. (Re-heat to maintain crispness).
Heat oven to 400o.
Line a baking sheet with parchment and layer with whole pecans. Bake for about 5 minutes or until golden, turn them, bake again for another 5 minutes. Remove from oven and cool. Store in an airtight tupperware or jar until needed.