Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Maple Bacon Donuts

Maple Bacon Donuts recipe from cherryteacakes.com
The April 2011 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Evelyne of the blogCheap Ethnic Eatz. Evelyne chose to challenge everyone to make a maple mousse in an edible container. Prizes are being awarded to the most creative edible container and filling, so vote on your favorite from April 27th to May 27th at http://thedaringkitchen.com!
I'm a little too in love with bacon recently. 

When I say maple, you say bacon? Maple!....yeah. Cheering really works better in person.

I can't help but hear bacon when someone says maple. It's as if there is maple bacon, and there is bacon. I can use bacon in everything (and I plan to) but maple....bacon. See, I just can't keep them apart!

When the Daring Bakers said maple, I said bacon, and then donuts just somehow popped in there. It's edible. It contained mousse just fine. It's a delightful challenge! Don't let the incredibly long list of instructions scare you. It looks long....and okay it does take a few hours, but there is plenty of down time in those few hours and plenty of maple bacon donut goodness at the end. :)

Maple Bacon Donuts

for the donut:
1/2 ounce packages yeast
1/4 cup hot water, roughly 110 degrees in temperature
1 1/2 cups milk, scalded and cooled
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 eggs
1/3 cup shortening
5 cups all-purpose flour
canola oil

for the maple bacon (or just maple) frosting
2 2/3 ounce bacon grease/melted butter
2 cups powdered sugar
3/4 cup maple syrup

for the maple mousse
1 cup pure maple syrup
4 large egg yolks
1 package unflavored gelatin
1 1/2 cups whipping cream

for the bacon topping
1 lb. bacon

Dissolve yeast in warm water in the bowl of a stand mixer.

Add milk, sugar, salt, eggs, shortening and 2 cups flour. Beat on low for 30 seconds, scraping bowl frequently to incorporate. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Stir in remaining flour until smooth.

Cover and let rise until double, 50-60 minutes.
In the meantime, begin to make the maple mousse. 

Bring maple syrup to a boil then remove from heat.
In a large bowl, whisk egg yolks and pour a little bit of the maple syrup in while whisking (this is to temper your egg yolks so they don’t curdle). Add warmed egg yolks to hot maple syrup until well mixed.

Measure 1/4 cup of whipping cream in a bowl and sprinkle it with the gelatin. Let it rest for 5 minutes.

Place the bowl in a microwave for 45 seconds (microwave for 10 seconds at a time and check it in between) or place the bowl in a pan of barely simmering water, stir to ensure the gelatin has completely dissolved.

Whisk the gelatin/whipping cream mixture into the maple syrup mixture and set aside. Whisk occasionally for approximately an hour or until the mixture has the consistency of an unbeaten raw egg white.

Whip the remaining cream. Stir 1/4 of the whipped cream into the maple syrup mixture. Fold in the remaining cream and refrigerate for at least an hour.

Return to making the donuts. Turn dough onto floured surface; roll around lightly to coat with flour. Gently roll dough 1/2-inch thick with floured rolling pin. Cut into solid rounds.

Cover and let rise until double, 30-40 minutes. At 25 minutes, begin to heat vegetable oil in high-sided stock pot to 350°.

Cook the bacon topping. Preheat the oven to 400. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil

Arrange bacon slices on the foil and place the baking sheet on the center rack. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until very crisp. When fully crisp, remove slices to a paper towel lined plate to soak up any excess grease.

Measure off the bacon grease in ounces (for me it was 2 oz) and pour into a thick pot. Add enough butter to make 2 2/3 oz. 

When the vegetable oil is ready, slide doughnuts into hot oil with wide wooden slotted spatula. Fry until golden brown, about 1 minute on each side. Remove carefully from oil and drain well.
Make the maple bacon frosting. Heat butter over low heat until it is melted. Remove from heat. Stir in powdered sugar until smooth. This will take a little arm work! Stir in tablespoons of maple syrup one at a time, until desired consistency. Set aside until ready to glaze. Warm the glaze gently if necessary.

Take each donut and insert a butter knife into the donut. Carefully cut the inside to loosen any stuck dough and create a pocket. Remove the mousse from the fridge, and put into a piping bag, and pipe into donut. Repeat on all donuts. 

Dip the doughnuts into the maple bacon glaze and set on rack. Sprinkle glazed donuts with crushed bacon strips.

Enjoy! I know we sure did!



44 comments:

  1. thanks for sharing this recipe, looks so yummylicious!!By the way, all recipes on this blog look heavenly!!!
    Kisses

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  2. Two of my FAVORITE things --- Bacon (a major reason I could never be a vegetarian) and fresh maple syrup! Can't wait to make these too! Must stop reading your posts and get back to the work at hand! Thanks for the Yum break!

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  3. Oh my goodness... Could it get any better! Wow!! Great recipe, and they look beautiful! Love it! (by the way I cheered Bacon! And my son asked me if I was ok... haha!)

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  4. This is so up my alley. Excellent job
    Best, Sandie

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  5. These look so perfect. I would gladly wake up to one of these

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  6. OMG is all I'm gonna say. Looks AMAZING!

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  7. you speak my language of love.....
    oh my how i love these!

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  8. THESE ARE AMAZING! I am going to make these for my boyfriend, who loves anything made with bacon. He is going to be in meat-eater's heaven tomorrow. By the way, you did such a beautiful job!

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  9. Maple and bacon? ALWAYS a crush on these. I'm salivating big time.

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  10. haha, it sounds so weird and i just don't think i would like it, but hey if i ever get the chance i would try it!

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  11. Yum, yum, yum, yum. And, oh yeah... YUM. Those look AMAZING. I thought so the moment I saw them in the forum and still think so now. Maple and bacon are a match made in heaven, and in donut form, well, sign me up. AWESOME job.

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  12. Yum my friend would die for these, it's her favorite combination!

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  13. Fabulous edible container for the mousse, I'm all about donuts :) The bacon doesn't hurt too much either!

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  14. Wow these look amazing! I wish I could have one right now : )

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  15. You are awesome!!!! LOVE this combo! When I show this to my hubby he is going to go crazy and insist I make it and you know what?? I think i will!! :D

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  16. yum! these remind me of the elusive voodoo donuts! great job!

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  17. I've never heard of this combo before... It sounds so interesting!

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  18. This challenge is so much fun! I love the little peep into people's brains as they work out their edible containers. Great donuts. They look baconlicious!

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  19. I literally just stopped in my tracks and froze in time when I saw your picture of these donuts! WOW! I just ate breakfast but I'm thinking I need to make these RIGHT now!!!
    -Thanks Kat @ Sensible Lessons

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  20. Oh my goodness! I saw the title under you pic on foodgawker and I was just like "GENIOUS!" oh my goodness, maple+bacon+doughnut = soooo good. Never actually tried it, but it's one of the things you just KNOW has to work! mm mm!

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  21. your are torturing me! and I am drooling on my keyboard.

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  22. This was a rockin' DB challenge take on the edible container!

    Brilliant!

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  23. Oh my gosh! And with maple mousse inside too? I so want one (or 4) of these right now!

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  24. Maple bacon donuts- yum! yum! Great work!

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  25. When I read the recipe...I thought, there was no way this could work. But looking at the picture...I want A Maple Bacon Donut, right now!

    They look simply amazingly delicious! The bacan and the maple: two of my favorite tastes!

    Pizza on Earth,
    albert grande

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  26. I fell in love with your creation the minute I saw it on the forum..such a brilliant idea..great pictures too..
    Congrats on the food buzz top 9

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  27. delish! i have just discovered maple bacon here in south africa - and i'm totally hooked. am making french toast this weekend with raspberries, maple bacon and maple suryp again!

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  28. of all the daring bakers entries I've seen...I like yours the BEST. It's different from anyone else's.

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  29. Wow, these look amazing! Maple and bacon = a match made in heaven :)

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  30. Okay, I'm not the biggest bacon fan in the world but these look irresistable! Dang it...going to have to make these :)

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  31. These are just OUTRAGEOUS!! Can't wait to try this. Congrats on the top 9!

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  32. The donuts looks amazing!! I am a low carber so I'm going to see if I can adjust the recipe for low carb. Funny i just made donuts the other night. Congrats on top 9!!

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  33. Wow! This looks amazingly delicious! Thanks so much for sharing! Congrats on being 1st on the top 9 =]

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  34. Heavenly! I'm going to bake for a bake sale in a couple of weeks and bacon donuts were on my mind. You couldn't have posted these at a better time as I'm excited to make something similar. Thanks for sharing.

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  35. You took the maple + bacon to the next level - bacon grease in the frosting? I'm in awe. Your doughnuts were a beautiful variation on the challenge.

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  36. Pork in cookies, pork on eggs benadict, and pork with a donut. Yeah, this is awesome.

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  37. Very cool idea for bacon lovers...
    and my kids are :)

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  38. I made these last night, they were amazing. Thanks for the post!

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  39. What else can be said but, um, YUMMM!

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  40. Ohmygoodness. These donuts are about to make me start drooling! All of that crispy bacon on top looks just divine. And cool idea for the mousse container!

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  41. Your dougnuts look amazing. I can only imagine how good they must have tasted. Well done on doing a fantastic job!

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  42. I brought home maple syrup. This might just be the recipe to use it.

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  43. Did you know maple bacon doughnuts were created at Voodoo Doughnuts in Portland, OR years ago? However (and I'm being a blasphemous Portlander here) you seem to have improved on the recipe by adding maple mousse. I'm gonna have to try and make this! Thanks for the tips!

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