Maple Bacon Donuts
Homemade fried yeast donuts, topped off with a sweet maple icing and bits of salty bacon. An amazing combination that is an absolute must try.
We’ve been in full blown Nashville marathon mode, or at least whenever a disc arrived. I’m not even kidding. We’d get a disc from Netflix and watch straight through the entire thing some nights or maybe two nights… that sounds more likely for the longer discs anyway. I’m both happy and sad that they’re only on the second season because we’re already catching up on season two and so close to being fully up to date… soon enough anyway! Truly addicted.
So tell me… have you been watching? And if you haven’t, what are you waiting for? It’s really good. Of course, you have to enjoy country music and appreciate what they’re doing with the show. Singing and lots of drama in every episode. I guess drama is essential in a way. You get sucked in and left wanting more, wondering what’s going to happen next. So clearly it’s working.
What are shows are you totally hooked on that I should look into? Once we’re caught up on this one, we’ll need another to get hooked on. Suggestions? I already did Friday Night Lights and Alias… both good!
Now, these donuts. Yes. These donuts. Are necessary, just like drama. Sweet and savory food has it’s own kind of drama, or at least in my world because I totally 100% avoided it for as long as I possibly could and now I’ve fully embraced the amazingness that it is. These donuts are the essential splurge donut. Fluffy fried yeast donuts topped off with a sweet maple icing and salty bacon crumbles… aaaamazingly perfect.
I honestly wasn’t sure how my family was going to react to this one BUT the Mr enjoyed them and the girls… even the pickiest, loved these… WITH the bacon! I was in shock but you know what that means, right? If the entire family loved these, all ranges of taste preferences here, then they’re definitely a must make and share with your favorite people kind of donut.
Maple Bacon Donuts
- 3/4 C milk, heated to 115°F
- 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
- 1 tsp and 1/4C granulated sugar, divided
- 2 1/2 C all purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 Tbsp plain shortening
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- 2 C powdered sugar
- 1/4 C pure maple syrup
- 2-3 Tbsp water
- 8-10 slices bacon, cooked and roughly chopped *see notes
- In a glass measuring cup, combine milk, yeast and 1 tsp sugar. Proof for 5-10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, to the bowl of a stand mixer, add remaining sugar, flour, salt, shortening, egg and vanilla. With mixer running on low-medium speed, slowly add yeast mixture. Increase speed as needed, mixing until dough comes together. Dough may be sticky. Lightly grease your hands and a medium bowl with baking spray. Shape dough into a ball, transfer to prepared bowl. Cover and allow to rise in a warm location until doubled in size, roughly 45 minutes.
- Prepare a baking sheet with a sheet of parchment paper, lightly greased with baking spray.
- Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to between 1/4 and 1/2-inch in thickness. Cut out donuts using desired sized donut cutters (large or small. Transfer dough to prepared baking sheet. Allow dough to continue rising while heating oil in a large stockpot to 325°F, monitoring with a thermometer for accuracy.
- Fry 2-3 donuts at a time, cooking each side until lightly golden. Remove to a paper towel or wire rack. Repeat with remaining dough.
- In a medium bowl, beat together icing ingredients. Dip cooled donuts in icing. Immediately sprinkle with cooked, chopped bacon.
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