Calling all bacon-lovers, this one's for you. We've upped the ante with this brunch essential, making an old favourite new again.
PREHEAT oven to 375F. Line a baking sheet with foil, then top with a wire rack.
ARRANGE bacon in a single layer, over- lapping slightly if needed, across rack. Stir maple syrup with sugar in a small bowl. Brush maple mixture over bacon. Sprinkle with fennel seeds. Season with fresh pepper.
BAKE in centre of oven until cooked through and dark golden, 25 to 35 min. Gently loosen bacon from rack, then let stand 5 min before serving.