This Ingredient Will Take Your Cinnamon Roll Game to the Next Level

The answer is always bacon.

March 06, 2020

Anne Burrell Maple Bacon Puff Pastry Cinnamon Rolls, as seen on Food Network Kitchen.

Photo by: Felicia Perretti

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I have one word for you: bacon. Even just saying it makes my mouth water. If you’re like me, you can’t do breakfast without it. Smoky, crispy bacon is the perfect way to start any morning, and it provides a great balance in sweeter dishes. So, when I found Anne Burrell’s class for Maple Bacon Puff Pastry Cinnamon Rolls on the Food Network Kitchen app, I knew I was in luck. Anne taught me how to add a sweet and savory twist to an old favorite by combining the salty flavor of bacon with the sweet decadence of cinnamon rolls.

The secret weapon here is cooking bacon on a medium-low heat. According to Anne, slowly increasing temperature helps melt out the fat — a key ingredient for the cinnamon rolls. The bacon fat is used to coat the puff pastry to help infuse the bacon flavor throughout the whole dish (you can even coat your baking dish with it!). She also brushes maple syrup on top of the bacon fat that coats the puff pastry to create a classic flavor combo.

What’s so smart about this recipe is that you don’t need to make bacon as a side because it’s already layered in the cinnamon rolls! The crispy bacon bits become part of the cinnamon-sugar filling to pack major savory goodness directly into this traditionally sweet treat.

Check out Anne’s class on the Food Network Kitchen app to learn how to make these delicious bacon-filled cinnamon rolls. Plus, Anne and other chefs have tons of on-demand classes available on the app when you download and sign up today!

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