We enjoyed the subtle heat in these muffins, but if you want to spice things up, add up to 2 teaspoons of ground red pepper.
3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons water
1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
3 applewood-smoked bacon slices
3 tablespoons old-fashioned rolled oats
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
7.9 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1 3/4 cups)
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2/3 cup Guinness Stout or other stout beer
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg, lightly beaten
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 400°. Line a baking sheet with foil; place a wire rack on the baking sheet.
To prepare streusel, combine 3 tablespoons sugar, 2 teaspoons water, and pepper in a small bowl. Spread mixture evenly over both sides of bacon. Place coated bacon on rack; bake at 400° for 18 minutes or until done. Cool; finely chop.
Combine oats and 1 tablespoon flour in a small bowl. Stir in butter. Stir in 2 tablespoons chopped bacon; reserve remaining bacon. Set aside.
Reduce oven temperature to 350°. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.
To prepare muffins, weigh or lightly spoon 9 ounces (about 1 3/4 cups) flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine 9 ounces flour, remaining bacon, 1/2 cup sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl; stir well. Combine beer, oil, vanilla, and egg in another bowl, gently stirring with a whisk. Add beer mixture to flour mixture, stirring just until combined. Evenly divide batter among muffin cups. Sprinkle streusel evenly over batter.
Bake at 350° for 18 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center of muffins comes out clean. Cool in pan 5 minutes. Remove muffins from pan; serve warm, or cool completely on a wire rack.
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