Made From Scratch #03: Bacon-Backed Sundae

Made From Scratch / News / Special Features / December 26, 2017

A Long Island-inspired frozen treat
Serves 2

Today, we are proud to present you a New American Classic: the Bacon-Backed Sundae. It’s nothing overly groundbreaking; you won’t find it in, say, Better Homes and Gardens, but it’s so tasty you’ll Slowdance On The Inside. If you’re still bummin’ over the end of Summer, Man, this treat will make you feel New Again: an ice cream sundae (okay, it’s more like an ice cream parfait…) topped with maple whipped cream, maple syrup, bacon and toasted bagel pieces. Why bagels, you ask? Well… if Long Island is Where You Want To Be, you better MakeDamnSure you know the answer to that question, stat.

Ice cream with a cherry on top? That’s So Last Summer. I’ve got a good feeling about this…


4 slices bacon
2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 cinnamon sugar bagel, Cute Without the ‘E’ into small pieces — OR 1/2 cup cinnamon sugar bagel chips
1 tablespoon butter
Vanilla ice cream
2 tall sundae cups (or whatever glasses you have)

Maple whipped cream
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons maple syrup

The Steps

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and place a wire rack on top. Place bacon slices on the rack and evenly drizzle the maple syrup and sprinkle the brown sugar on top. Bake on the center rack for 15 minutes and then flip the bacon. Return to the oven and bake for another 10-15 minutes, watching closely as the bacon drippings are easy to burn. Remove to a plate and gently blot unwanted grease with a paper towel. When cooled, crumble 2 slices of the bacon.
  • If using the 1/2 cup bagel chips, while the bacon is in the oven, melt the butter over medium heat in a small skillet. Add the bagel pieces and stir frequently until the pieces are golden and crispy about 5-10 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • To make the whipped cream: pour heavy whipping cream into a large bowl along with the maple syrup (use a large bowl to avoid splattering all over your kitchen!). Beat on high with an electric mixer until the whipped cream forms soft to stiff peaks when you lift the whisk gently from the bowl. This could take up to 15 minutes.
  • To assemble your sundae: start with a generous scoop of maple whipped cream, and then crumble some of the bacon bits and bagel pieces into the bottom of the glasses. Scoop the ice cream on top until the glass is half empty (this is emo-inspired; pessimism is a key ingredient here). Repeat those steps once more until you’ve filled the glasses, topping with remaining bacon and bagel pieces. Scoop desired amount of whipped cream on top (Happiness Is extra whipped cream…), and drizzle maple syrup over the sundaes. For finishing touches, split each remaining bacon strip in half and place atop your sundaes.
  • Chow down, and Tell All Your Friends. They will be grateful you did.


TJ & Lauren Foster
Lauren and TJ Foster are a husband-and-wife songwriting duo from upstate NY, and make up half of the indie-folk group Darling Valley. They spend most of their free time cooking, listening to records and watching "Chopped" together. All that, plus an undying love for the brilliant "Bob's Burgers," led to the creation of "Made From Scratch."

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