A Symphony of Flavors: Peppered Strawberry Sundae with Candied Pecans and Bacon

When it comes to creating memorable culinary experiences, sometimes it’s the unexpected combinations that leave a lasting impression. Today, I’m thrilled to share a recipe that takes your taste buds on a wild adventure – our Peppered Strawberry Sundae with Candied Pecans and Bacon.

Peppered Strawberry Sundae with Candied Pecans and Bacon recipe

The Sweet Symphony of Strawberries and Oranges

At the heart of this extraordinary dessert is a luscious sauce that marries the sweetness of ripe strawberries with the tangy zest of oranges. A generous knob of butter adds a creamy richness, while a dash of sugar ensures a delightful sweetness. But that’s not all; we’re taking it up a notch with a splash of rum that infuses the sauce with a warm, boozy depth of flavor. And here’s the twist – an abundant shower of freshly cracked black pepper that awakens your palate with its subtle heat and earthy notes.

Candied Pecans: A Nutty Delight

To complement the vibrant strawberry and orange sauce, we’ve prepared candied pecans that are nothing short of addictive. These little gems are created by coating pecans in a buttery glaze enriched with maple syrup. As they roast to perfection, the pecans develop a delightful crunch and an irresistible sweetness. Their nutty aroma alone will have your guests eagerly anticipating the final masterpiece.

The Unconventional Star: Bacon

Now, brace yourselves for the unexpected twist that truly sets this dessert apart – bacon. Yes, you read that right! Crispy, savory, and slightly smoky bacon is the unconventional star of our sundae. When finely chopped and sprinkled generously over the top, it adds an irresistible savory contrast that beautifully balances the sweetness of the strawberries and candied pecans. Each bite becomes a harmonious blend of flavors and textures that keeps you coming back for more.

Putting It All Together

To experience the full symphony of flavors and textures, assemble your Peppered Strawberry Sundae with Candied Pecans and Bacon with care. The strawberry and orange sauce forms the base, its deep red hue promising a burst of fruity goodness. A generous scattering of candied pecans adds a delightful crunch and sweetness, while the finely chopped bacon provides a savory surprise.

As you take your first spoonful, you’ll savor the interplay of sweet, tart, creamy, and savory notes that dance on your palate. The peppered strawberries tingle your taste buds, the candied pecans provide a satisfying crunch, and the bacon lends a smoky depth that makes every bite an adventure.

A very generous thank you to  Country Magic Produce for sponsoring this recipe. It is an honour to work with brands that align with our values and make it possible for us to share these recipes with you.


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Peppered Strawberry Sundae with Candied Pecans and Bacon

  • Author: The Kilted Chef


Units Scale
  • 1 pint of fresh Strawberries
  • Juice of 1/2 Orange
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 oz. rum
  • 50 Turns of the pepper mill
  • 1 1/2 cups cubed bacon lardon
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • vanilla ice cream of your choice


  1. Remove the hulls from the strawberries. Cut the berries in half.
  2. In a skillet, melt the butter.
  3. Add sugar and stir constantly until the sugar is a nice caramel color.
  4. Add the juice of the orange.
  5. Add Strawberries and let simmer in syrup for a few minutes.
  6. Add the rum and allow the alcohol to cook off.
  7. Add fresh ground pepper; about 50 turns (don’t be shy!)
  8. Place the bacon into a heated sauté pan, add the pecans and the maple syrup and cook until sticky, spread onto parchment paper, separating the pecans, cool.
  9. Place 2 scoops of ice cream into a sundae dish, top with the peppered strawberry sauce and the pecan bacon crumble.

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