Saturday, February 27, 2021

Easy Bacon-Maple Crescent Rollups #weekendbrunch #bacon #maple #easybaking #sweetandsavory

Like many of you, I totally love bacon! There's just something special about its smoky goodness. I especially love that bacon can be used in savory and sweet recipes. My Easy Bacon-Maple Crescent Rollups perfectly showcase how bacon can be used in sweet pastries! These rollups start with convenient refrigerated crescent rolls to save tons of time. They also include crumbled bacon and a maple-cinnamon filling. After baking, they're topped with a sweet maple-cinnamon glaze. To save even more time? The filling and glaze can be made the night before and stored in the fridge until you're ready to assemble and bake the pastries. A few minutes of prep the night before means a batch of these sweet-savories crescents can be ready to enjoy in about 15 minutes the next morning!

Easy Bacon-Maple Crescent Rollups
a Weekend Gourmet Original
Ingredients (makes 8 pastries):
  • 8 slices center cut bacon
  • 1 tube of 8 refrigerated crescent rolls
For the filling:
  • 2 Tbs. softened salted butter
  • 3 Tbs. pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
For the glaze:
  • 2 Tbs. melted butter
  • 2 Tbs. pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
Step 1: Cook the bacon until crisp; drain well and crumble. To make the pastry filling, add the softened butter, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg to a small bowl. Whisk well to thoroughly combine all of the filling ingredients.
Step 2: Preheat oven to 375℉, and place parchment on a large baking sheet. Unroll the crescent dough and separate into 8 triangles. Set aside 1/3 of the crumbled bacon for topping the baked crescents. Spread 1 tsp. of the cinnamon filling onto each crescent triangle, then sprinkle with a generous amount of the crumbled bacon. Roll the crescents up and place point side down on the baking sheet -- make sure to leave room for them to puff up as they bake. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until the crescents are golden brown. 
Step 3: While the crescents bake, make the glaze. Add the melted butter, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and powdered sugar to a small bowl. Stir well to combine and set aside. Let the baked crescents cool for about 5 minutes before glazing them. Spoon the glaze over the warm crescents, then immediately sprinkle a bit of the reserved bacon pieces on top. 
These crescent rollups are simple to make...but their flavors are simply out of this world! The bacon is definitely the star of the show here...but it works nicely with the maple and warm spices! The glaze works perfectly because it echoes the flavors of the filling. Put it all together, and you have a winner of a breakfast or snack! Simply add some ice-cold milk...and perhaps some vanilla Greek yogurt on the side. 

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