Most desserts containing bacon seem, well, a little ham-fisted, but incorporating already-candied bacon into a slightly salty, rich caramel just makes sense. The end result from Baking Out Loud: Fun Desserts with Big Flavors is toothsome, smoky, nutty and sweet.
'pralines' on Serious Eats
These pralines are similar in taste and texture to the outside of a Payday bar and, best of all, they're super simple to make.
I suppose I was playing it safe when I chose these Sweet Potato Pralines since the recipe only includes a scant two tablespoons of sweet potato. The finished candy didn't end up tasting all that sweet potato-y at all, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Regardless of the lack sweet potato flavor, the pralines were pretty spot on—sugary sweet with a great crunch and tons of nutty pecan nibs.
This confection may have French roots but it most definitely has a special place in the South too. That's why I get a little twangy and call them pecan prah-leens whereas my boyfriend, who studied French for seven-odd years, is all about the pray-leen pronunciation.