OH the holidays. I got a Christmas tree this weekend! Are you guys in the white lights camp or the color lights camp? I have one foot in each camp, I love them both but this year we did white lights. And then, I made donuts. I took many, MANY photos of them, so get ready. They are just so beautiful! They’re like little maple clouds with bacon sleeping on top. I couldn’t stop. Hey, I rhymed! This is actually the second time I have made these Maple Bacon Donuts. I found the recipe here. All hail Shutterbean!
The first time I made these donuts, I used brown butter and the second time I made them, I used the bacon grease from the bottom of the pan. Both came out awesome, but I think I preferred the brown butter ones that we’ve got here. Butter for the win. These are super easy to whip up. They are made with ingredients that you most likely already have on hand, except the butter milk. But here is a recipe to make your own out of normal milk! So there you have it, no excuses, you now HAVE to make these.
The star of these bacon bad boys, is the topping. They are topped with a maple glaze and crunchy bacon. The flavors explode in your mouth and they are definitely the best donuts I have had to date. So good in fact, that when I was done glazing them and topping them, I kept walking past the donut board, scraping the excess toppings off of the board. I’m gross. That coming from me, a previous donut hater (I know,) is a pretty big deal.
These would be awesome for Christmas breakfast OR for day after Christmas breakfast when your all sad that Christmas is over and you need something bacony to turn that frown upside down. Speaking of Christmas, are you ready for the holidays? I think I am. Most of the shopping is done and my Amtrak tickets are purchased. I head up to NY a few days early to squeeze in all of the family and friend time I possibly can.
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ¾ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda'
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 large egg
- ½ cup buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- For the glaze:
- 1 cup confectioner's sugar
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1-2 tablespoons whole milk
- 5 strips bacon, crumbled
- For the donuts:
- Preheat the oven to 360 degrees.
- Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and sugar.
- In a small sauce pan, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Butter will begin to crackle and pop as it melts. Once the water has evaporated the butter will begin to brown. It browns quickly, so keep an eye on it. The butter will begin to smell nutty. Remove from heat and immediately and set aside to cool.
- Whisk together egg, buttermilk, and vanilla extract. Add browned butter and whisk into the wet ingredients.
- Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
- Transfer batter into a plastic sandwich bag. Snip the tip with a pair of scissors and pipe batter into each donut pan about three-quarters full with batter. You could also just spoon the batter into the greased donuts pans.
- Place in the oven and bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Keep an eye on them and try not to over-bake them. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan before inverting onto a wire rack to cool completely.
- For the glaze:
- In a medium bowl, mix the confectioner’s sugar with maple syrup and vanilla extract until sugar starts dissolving. Slowly add milk to thin out the glaze. You might only need 1 tablespoon so mix as you go.
- Dip each donut into the glaze. While glaze is still wet, add the bacon crumbles on top of each doughnut. Donuts are best served the day they’re made.