Thursday, April 25, 2013

Maple Mascarpone with a Bacon Chip on a Crostini

 I recently went to Voodoo Donuts in Portland and had the famous Bacon Maple Bar - it was AMAZING!  I couldn't stop thinking about it... Chef dreams I guess.  I thought about how I could turn this into an Amuse Bouche for the restaurant and this is what I dreamed up.   Sprinkle a little salt on the finished product and enjoy!

 I took the BEST maple syrup - Blis - it's aged in Bourbon barrels, and combined it with Mascarpone Cheese.  Mascarpone is perfect because the flavor is mild and it is very creamy.
 I did this in the food processor but a whisk would work too...  After it was combined well I put it in a piping bag with a pastry tip and piped it onto the crostinis. 
I cooked off the bacon in the oven sandwiched between 2 pieces of parchment to keep it flat for presentation sake.  I let it cool afterwards and then cut it to make the chip for the top.  It was very easy and quite delicious!