Spicy Bacon & Guinness Muffins

Ingredients

 

Streusel:

3 tablespoons dark brown sugar

2 teaspoons water

1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper

3 applewood-smoked bacon slices

3 tablespoons old-fashioned rolled oats

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted

 

Muffin:

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

2/3 cup Guinness Stout

3 tablespoons canola oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 large egg, lightly beaten

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 400°. Line a baking sheet with foil; place a wire rack on the baking sheet.

To prepare streusel, combine 3 tablespoons sugar, 2 teaspoons water, and pepper in a small bowl. Spread mixture evenly over both sides of bacon. Place coated bacon on rack; bake at 400° for 18 minutes or until done. Cool; finely chop.

Combine oats and 1 tablespoon flour in a small bowl. Stir in butter. Stir in 2 tablespoons chopped bacon; reserve remaining bacon. Set aside.

Reduce oven temperature to 350°. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.

To prepare muffins, weigh or lightly spoon 9 ounces (about 1 3/4 cups) flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine 9 ounces flour, remaining bacon, 1/2 cup sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl; stir well. Combine beer, oil, vanilla, and egg in another bowl, gently stirring with a whisk. Add beer mixture to flour mixture, stirring just until combined. Evenly divide batter among muffin cups. Sprinkle streusel evenly over batter.

 

Bake at 350° for 18 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center of muffins comes out clean. Cool in pan 5 minutes. Remove muffins from pan; serve warm, or cool completely on a wire rack.