Guy’s birthday was dampened this year not only by the global pandemic but by a historic week-long winter storm that many Texans weathered without heat, electricity, water, and groceries. We were lucky to have power and food, but had to boil all of our water and deal with a back injury. Once on our feet again a week later, we celebrated his birthday with an old friend and barbecue on the patio, alongside this tiramisu. It was so good even our dog Oscar stole a bite or two.
We first tried chocolate-covered bacon at the Big Top Candy Shop on South Congress Avenue, and decided to make it for our friend Atticus’s bacon-themed first birthday party.
Making a double batch for a party on a warm Austin day wasn’t the best idea, but if you give yourself plenty of time and reserve this project for a cool day, the results are delicious.
If anything is worth finding the perfect recipe for, it’s the chocolate chip cookie. This famous recipe from the New York Times calls for making the dough a day ahead and chilling it, using high-quality chocolate discs, and sprinkling the tops of the cookies with sea salt.