Bacon and Vanilla Fregola Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting….

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This is a recipe I came up with for the Marx Foods Dessert Challenge! I had never had Fregola before until now and we were instructed to make a dessert with it. We were also sent bourbon vanilla beans, star anise, and saffron. I wanted to do something out of the ordinary while being something sweet and savory so here it is! Enjoy! Please vote for my recipe HERE. 

These turned out to be amazing! I really enjoyed the Fregola texture incorporated into the cupcake. The maple syrup that the fregola was cooked in really worked well I thought. The vanilla and bacon hints tied it all together in this sweet and savory dessert!

Prep Time: 30 min

Bake Time: 20-25 min

Serves: 24 (regular cup cake size)

Ingredients:

Fregola

  • 1 C. Dry Fregola
  • 1 Vanilla beans
  • 2 C. Water
  • 1/4 C. Maple syrup
  • 20 Saffron threads

Cup Cakes

  • 1 C. Unsalted sweet cream butter
  • 2 C. Sugar
  • 1 Vanilla bean pod, scraped of seeds (use the seeds).
  • 4 Eggs
  • 3 C. All purpose flour
  • 1 TBS Baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 1 C. Skim milk
  • 24  Cupcake paper liners
  • 3/4 lb Bacon, cooked and crispy ( you know how I like it, nitrate free like Applegate Farms).

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 2 8 oz packages of cream cheese
  • 1 Stick of salted butter
  • 1 Vanilla bean pod, scraped of beans.
  • 2 C. Confectioner’s sugar, sifted.

Instructions:

Fregola:

  1. Wash fregola under cold water.
  2. Add fregola to a pot of: 2 cups of water, 1/4 cup maple syrup, 20 saffron threads, and vanilla beans, and pod.
  3. Boil for 20 min.
  4. Remove vanilla pod and drain (do not rinse again).

Cup Cakes:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a mixer, cream the butter until light and fluffy. Add the sugar and continue to cream. Gradually add the vanilla and eggs and mix in well. Sift together the dry ingredients; then mix into the butter mixture alternating with the milk.
  3. Add prepared Fregola.
  4. Pour batter into cupcake paper-lined muffin tins filling them 3/4 full. Bake until puffed and firm in the center and light golden brown on top, about 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool.
  5. Once cool frost the cupcakes with your cream cheese frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  1. In a medium bowl, cream together the cream cheese and butter until creamy. Mix in the vanilla beans, then gradually stir in the confectioners’ sugar. Store in the refrigerator after use.

DON’T FORGET TO VOTE 🙂

Disclaimer: Marx Foods sent me samples of their products in order to participate in this contest. As always, all opinions expressed are my own.


					
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About zestybeandog

I live in Austin with my wonderful husband, dog Ginger, and cat Skiddy. We are a pretty laid back group (except for Ginger). When I'm not teaching yoga, personal training, or dog walking... I'm in the kitchen. I'm always experimenting with new ingredients and thinking of ways to prepare fresh foods in a unique way. I hope to update the blog 4-5 times a week. I've had several friends, family, and clients inquire about my recipes so here it goes. What to expect: Healthy recipes that are good for you, some classics (that have been spruced up), some not so healthy recipes (still made with quality ingredients that can be enjoyed in moderation), and beer and wine parings/reviews! I hope you enjoy, cheers!

25 responses »

  1. Haha, I’d never heard of Fregola either, or so I thought, but now I look it up it seems familiar… I guess maybe I looked it up during my blog travels previously. Looks like a great cupcake – the frosting especially looks delish. I wonder as well what fregola would be like in a bread?!

  2. What a creative use of the fregola. I love your flavor combination of maple syrup and bacon. Drooling! So glad to get to know your blog through the Marx Foods contest.

    Amy @ uTryIt

  3. You’re right–everything is better with a little bacon (although I think your cupcakes could stand alone and be just fine)! Great recipe and nice to meet you!

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