Two things that taste great together: crispy fried bacon and sweet maple syrup. I took both of these great tastes and added them to a delicious baked donut for a different and tasty treat.
Baked donuts have a moist, cake-like consistency that easily lends itself to may different toppings. I whipped up a simple maple glaze to dip the donuts in and then fried up some crispy bacon to crumble over the top of the glaze: Maple Bacon Donuts.
The combinations of the sweet maple syrup and the salty fried bacon are the perfect, albeit unusual, topping that any bacon lover is sure to enjoy.
Here is how you can make your own:
You can find the entire recipe for the donuts here. Start by spraying a regular size donut pan with Pam and set aside. Preheat oven to 400 degrees (I prefer 400 degrees although the recipe calls for 425 degrees).
I followed the donut batter recipe as written except that I added a teaspoon of maple flavoring along with the vanilla extract.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter, vegetable oil and sugars until smooth.
Add the eggs and beat to combine. Beat in the baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, salt, vanilla extract and 1 teaspoon of maple flavoring.
Add the flour and the milk, alternating between the two until all is combined. Transfer batter to a piping bag and pipe the batter into the prepared donut pan.
Alternately, spoon the batter evenly into the prepared pan if you don’t want to use a piping bag.
Bake the donuts for around 9-10 minutes or until golden brown on top. Transfer to wire rack to cool completely.
While donuts are cooling, cook some bacon, around 6 to 12 pieces depending on how much bacon you want on your donuts.
I cook my bacon in the microwave on a plate covered in paper towels: 6 minutes for 6 pieces or 12 minutes for 12 pieces.
Let bacon cool before chopping into small pieces. Set aside.
For this simple glaze mix 1 cup of maple syrup and 2 teaspoons maple flavoring into 4 cups powdered sugar until a thick glaze forms. I mixed my glaze in a measuring cup to make it easier to dunk the donuts.
After donuts have cooled completely, dunk the tops and sides of each donut into the glaze and transfer to wire rack.
After you have dunked two or three donuts, sprinkle the bacon pieces over the top of the glaze. Repeat on the rest of the donuts.
Serve immediately or let glaze set up for 15 minutes before storing. This recipe will make around 18 regular size donuts.