Drink the Book: Maple-Bacon Shake

[Photographs: Caroline Russock]

If you're reading this and are dubious about the combo, think for a second about the deliciousness of a crisp piece of bacon running through a puddle of maple syrup. (Is your mouth watering yet?) This Maple-Bacon Shake from Adam Ried's Thoroughly Modern Milkshakes brings a classic breakfast duo into the realm of unconventional desserts.

The bacon flavor in this shake recipe comes from rendered bacon instead of meaty little pieces which might get a little bizarre texturally when mixed with ice cream. In this recipe, a little bacon fat goes a long way to flavor a maple-vanilla shake. A pinch of salt is added before blending to amp up the savory factor and accentuate the sweetness.

Mixing up a batch of these breakfast-appropriate shakes at home, I decided to use the rendered bacon as a shake topper along with freshly whipped cream. A little over the top? Well, yeah, isn't that the point?

As always with our Drink the Book feature, we have five (5) copies of Thoroughly Modern Milkshakes to give away this week.

Adapted from Thoroughly Modern Milkshakes by Adam Ried. Copyright © 2009. Published by W.W. Norton. Available wherever books are sold. All Rights Reserved.