8 slices thick-cut bacon
3 tablespoons maple syrup
Freshly ground black pepper
¼ cup grated mild cheddar
½ cup grated Gruyère
¼ cup grated Parmesan
¼ cup mayonnaise
2 scallions, trimmed and chopped fine
1 whole grain baguette
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
For the bacon, place a wire rack inside a large baking sheet and arrange bacon slices in a single layer. Bake until bacon begins to brown, about 15 to 20 minutes. During the final few minutes of cooking, remove the pan from the oven and drizzle a little brown sugar and maple syrup over each bacon slice. Sprinkle with pepper.
Bake until sugar caramelizes and bacon is golden brown and crispy, about 5 minutes. Transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined platter to cool. Crumble bacon, reserving some crumbles for garnish. Sprinkle with pepper.
Slice the baguette at an angle into ½-inch slices.
In a bowl, combine bacon, cheeses, mayonnaise and scallions. Spread on bread slices and place on a large baking sheet.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Bake until toasts are golden brown and bubbles, about 15 to 20 minutes.