Oatcakes with bacon jam

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Facebook has been loaded over the last x number of months with articles on red and processed meat. Now word on the street is that it’s okay to eat it in moderation……. until the next load of research. For me, there’s no hope. I grew up on steaks, Scotch pies, beef pancakes, cold cuts and bacon. During the era of CJD. I dread to think how much red meat I was fed.

On this topic, how about some bacon jam. Super tasty with oatcakes and according to the other half, a lump of cheese (I don’t like cheese so I’ll take his word for it).

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Here’s what you’re going to need…

  • 1 pound of bacon.
  • 2 large onions (thinly sliced). I try to get sweet onions, but it doesn’t matter either way.
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar. You could also use coconut palm sugar.
  • 1 shot of espresso with a tablespoon of water.
  • Optional flavor boosters: balsamic vinegar, apple cider vinegar, chili flakes, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, just to name a few.

Method

  1. Cut the bacon into half-inch pieces and fry over a medium heat for about 10 minutes. Stir frequently. You want the bacon to be chewy and not crispy, so just pick out and eat the crunchy bits :).
  2. Remove the bacon from the pan. Drain the fat and set the bacon aside. Put one tablespoon of the fat back in your frying pan and store the rest (I put it in a jar in the fridge). Add the chopped onions to the pan and cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes, or until they look translucent.DSC_1603
  3. Reduce the heat to low, add the sugar and stir. Continue to cook the onions until they have caramelized. This will take 20 to 25 minutes. Add the coffee, 1/3 cup of water, and the cooked bacon. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, until the onions are thick and sticky. This will take about 30 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the vinegar, chili flakes or any flavor you prefer.
  4. Use immediately, or refrigerate for up to a week. If you want to eat the jam straight from the fridge just let it get to room temperature first. The texture will be a lot better.

Oatcakes ingredients

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  • About 1 1/2 cups (300g) of oats.
  • 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder.
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
  • 1 ounce of melted butter or coconut oil.
  • 5 to 7 teaspoons of boiling water.

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Set aside a handful of your oats and add the rest to a bowl.
  3. Add the salt and baking powder, then mix.
  4. Add the butter or coconut oil and 5 teaspoons of boiling water.
  5. Mix to form a smooth but firm dough. Add more water if necessary.
  6. Form the dough into a ball and then roll it out on a flat surface sprinkled with the remaining oatmeal. Make sure that the dough is completely covered with the dry oatmeal, then flatten out the mixture between two sheets of parchment paper or aluminium foil. You want a thickness of about 1/2 cm.
  7. Use a cookie cutter to cut the dough into rounds, then carefully lift and place each oatcake on a parchment or foil lined baking tray. Bake in the centre of your oven for about 30 minutes, being careful not to let the cakes brown.
  8. Let the oatcakes cool and then cover in bacon jam and enjoy! Just try not to eat everything at once!

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