Homemade fried yeast donuts, topped off with a sweet maple icing and bits of salty bacon.
3/4Cmilkheated to 115°F
2 1/4tspactive dry yeast
1tspand 1/4C granulated sugardivided
2 1/2Call purpose flour
1/4Cpure maple syrup
8-10slicesbaconcooked 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.
Recipe yields roughly 6-12 donuts, depending on cutter size used.*Plan on roughly 3/4 to 1 slice of bacon per regular sized donut, give or take depending on how bacon covered you want them.An original recipe from Baked by Rachel
Maple Bacon Donuts - https://www.bakedbyrachel.com/maple-bacon-donuts/