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Maple Bacon Donuts

#Bacon is the inspiration for me putting this out for all of you, why? Because I love you!! I made this for Geoff for Sunday breakfast! It has been since the end of October that I have posted. I have been stuck in writing and tweeting limbo all month. Most of it was due to the cold up here. (We had century record breaking temps here in Fairbanks, AK.) A lot of it was due to a horrific hacker and stalker on Twitter who made my life hell and my friends family life even worse. Suffice it to say that if you hack a companies server for the purpose of malice to another it breaks three federal laws! Who would have thunk it! So glad that it was taken care of!


Also due to the release on 11/11/11 of Bethesda Studios Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim I have been busy slaying Sabertooth Tigers, and dragons and bears OH MY! Oh and creating master pieces over the fire pit (delicacies of Mammoth Snout Brisket glazed in a reduced Nord Meade glaze, Giant Finger Casserole and Lunar Moth Teas to name a few). Again, I am SO sorry for my lack of concern and attention to my blog readers!


Plan ahead. The dough has to rise for almost three hours.

For doughnuts

  • 2 envelopes active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm (110 degrees) water
  • 1 1/2 cups lukewarm (100 degrees) milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable shortening
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting work surface, divided
  • Vegetable oil for frying, plus some for greasing bowl
  • For maple-bacon glaze
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 cups pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 6 slices applewood smoked bacon
  1. Sprinkle yeast over warm water in a small bowl. Do not stir. Let stand 5 minutes, or until foamy. (This is called blooming.)
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, mix together bloomed yeast, milk, sugar, salt, eggs, shortening and 2 cups of the flour. Mix for 2 minutes at low speed. Beat in remaining 3 cups flour, a half cup at a time, until the dough no longer sticks to the bowl; about 3 minutes. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured counter and knead for about 5 minutes, or until elastic.
  3. Place the dough into a large greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Set in a warm, draft-free place to rise until double in volume, up to 2 hours.
  4. Turn the dough out onto a floured counter, and gently roll out to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut with a floured 2-inch doughnut cutter. (Press doughnut holes into dough and re-cut, or fry separately as small doughnut treats.)
  5. Place cut doughnuts on baking sheet. Let doughnuts sit out to rise again until doubled, covered loosely with a dry towel, about 40 minutes.
  6. Heat butter and maple syrup in a small heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat until melted. Put powdered sugar into a medium bowl. Remove from heat and whisk into powdered sugar until combined. Set aside.
  7. Fry the bacon until crispy in medium skillet on medium-high heat. Drain well, and allow to cool. Chop finely; set aside.
  8. Cook doughnuts. Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large heavy skillet to 350 degrees. Slide doughnuts into the hot oil using a wide spatula, a few at a time. Turn doughnuts over as they rise to the surface. A chopstick works well for this. Fry doughnuts on each side until golden brown; about 2 minutes. Remove from hot oil to drain on a wire rack set over a paper towel-lined baking sheet.
  9. When doughnuts are cool enough to handle, yet still warm, dip one side into the maple glaze. Sprinkle with bacon bits.

Makes 18 doughnuts.

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” -Andy Warhol

Location:Wecota Dr,Fairbanks,United States


  1. I. WILL. BE. MAKING. THESE! In the New Year!

    • WAHOO.. they are a special treat JUST for Geoff for tomorrow since he had to work so hard this weekend! And he brought me flowers!

  2. Wait a sec…


    Have to get mop for the drool for those maple babies. Nom nom nom.

    Also…Skyrim? I Skyrim too!!! Awesomeness! I’m a nord. A nord with a kickbutt tattoo and I wield JUSTICE! Bhahaaa!

    Will be making the recipe Kriss. Thanks so much!

  3. More bacon 😉

    I love the idea of these (easier when someone makes them for me!) & not being such a great baker, it would be a disaster to try. Believe me, I’ve been on 10 Most Wanted: Worst Baker posters! The bacon jam would be good if you made these in the style of jelly-filled too… just sayin’ and I have an overnight FedEx number I can give you (easy as bacon pie!)…best always, Justin


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