These donuts are baked! So to me, that makes these donuts healthy. That’s right!
I’m really thinking that bacon need its own category on this blog. Bacon makes the world go round. I think this is what they refer to bacon mania!
I am a bacon enthusiast! I am part of “Bacon Nation”, I am a bacon freak. Whew, that makes me feel better! I think us bacon lovers need our own bacon support group. However, this masterpiece, the maple bacon donut or what they love to call “The Elvis” is becoming very popular in North America. This is one of those things that you’ll either love or you’ll hate. I for one, love them.
How can I not love anything with maple on them, after all I am Canadian, we do own Maple syrup. But I understand that sometimes we need to eat healthy so that’s why I baked these donuts. To be honest, I bought this baking donut tray and I could not wait to use it. So I thought hard about it, what kind of donuts are worth this cute little baking donut tray, I did my research, I lost a couple nights of sleep over this, but then in the end it was all worth it. “The Elvis” appeared in my dreams and showed me the maple bacon donut! It could be the most delicious thing you’ve ever tasted.
So let me tell you how to make these baked donuts. First of all I cooked the bacon, which just drives my dog crazy whenever I cook bacon. The smell is too much for her, she just plops herself in the middle of the kitchen and won’t move till she gets her share. So whereas I only need 3 slices of bacon for these donuts, I have to make about 6 or 10 slices, because between the dog and my husband, it’s World War III over bacon.
But bacon and maple aside, these are baked donuts. Who’d have thunk it? Your favorite treat, but baked!
Preheat the oven to 375 F degrees. Spray the donut tray with cooking spray and set aside. In a small bowl mix together the yogurt, melted butter, milk, eggs and vanilla extract. In the bowl of your mixer, mix all the dry ingredients, so the flour, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix on medium for a minute or so until everything is nicely incorporated. Now here’s the trick to making these baked donuts perfect.
Use a piping bag. So transfer the donut dough into the piping bag, keep in mind it’s quite sticky. Now carefully pipe the donut dough into each donut form. Easy peasy!
Bake these puppies in the oven for about 20 minutes, or until the top is slightly golden brown. Take them out, let them cool for a couple minutes, then turn them over onto your work surface. Repeat with remainder of donut dough. For me this recipe made 12 perfect donuts.
Don’t they look irresistible already? But have some patience. Before you dig your teeth into these babies, let’s make the maple icing, which is super simple. You’ll need a cup of icing sugar, 1 tablespoon of hot water and a 1/4 cup of good Canadian maple syrup, it’s ok if you don’t have Canadian maple syrup, use whichever kind you have, I won’t hold it against you. Whisk everything together, and that’s all there is to maple icing. Now take a donut and with the top side down dunk it in the maple syrup. Make sure you move it around in there to get plenty of that maple syrup. Next take some bacon and sprinkle on top. If you were a brave soul, you would dunk the donut in the crumbled bacon as well. Repeat with all the donuts.
I would never steer you wrong. These donuts are to die for.