Happy Birthday Gourmet Apartment!!! I made it to one year. One year and over four thousand hits!!! This is the longest relationship I've ever had. And some people say I have a fear of commitment. Ha!
My second post ever? During the State of the Union address. What happened tonight? The State of the Mother Friggin' Union. Eh oh!
So what's changed in the past year? Not much. I'm still in the dead end job of preparing our youth for the challenges of the 21st century. I still enjoy beer more than is healthy. And I'm single, as usual. Whatevs. This year is going to be different. How do I know? I just made Maple Pecan Bacon Cupcakes (and Cake). Who said I can't bake?
The inspiration for concoction was a maple bacon doughnut I enjoyed on my bike trip last summer that I bought at Voodoo Doughnut in Portland, Oregon.
It was pretty stellar.
I'd been struggling to find an appropriate way to celebrate both the Gourmet Apartment's birthday and America and I thought "birthdays have cakes... American's love bacon... cake... bacon... cake. bacon. MAPLE PECAN BACON CAKE!" With the help of the interweb I found the following website:
To make it worthy of the Gourmet Apartment I made the following tweaks:
Use only 1 cup of Maple Syrup. Cut the 1/2 c. Water to 1/4 c. Water and 1/4 c. Disaronno Amaretto. Ax the walnuts and use 1/2 c. Pecans in its stead. And most importantly, crumble in 8 long thick-cut slices of Bacon that have been cooked to a crisp.
Happy birthday Gourmet Apartment!!!! You've earned it!