These donuts are fun to make and fun to serve.
There’s a trend that’s been floating around for a few years now – fancy donuts. The trend goes something like this: Put some cereal or a few bacon bits on a donut and sell it for $8.
Great business idea, but hard on the wallet!
You can easily replicate these fancy-pants donuts at home by making some candied bacon (one of my favorite treats) and topping it over fried biscuit dough, which gets pretty close to a donut without the extra work of making an enriched dough.
First, let’s talk bacon. I always like to bake my bacon so it gets really crispy. To candy it, just mash together some brown sugar and maple syrup and coat the bacon in that mixture.
As the bacon cooks, the sugar will cook into the bacon and caramelize, leaving you with crispy bacon that has a light sugary candy on it.
It’s probably the most addictive thing ever. Just try not to eat it all before you can use it in the donuts!
I don’t mind making actual dough for these, but if you’re looking for a shortcut, just use biscuit dough. It has just the right amount of sweetness and will puff up nicely when fried.
Work with one biscuit at a time and roll it out into a flat round. Then sprinkle on some bacon.
Fold the dough over itself and shape it into a round again, so the donuts are filled with a little candied bacon. Then you can just use a small cutter to cut a round out of the center of the biscuits.
Make sure the edges are sealed around the edges of your donuts and then fry them for about 2 minutes per side in 325ºF oil.
They're done when they're golden brown and slightly crunchy on the outside.
Then just drizzle the donuts with the maple glaze (maple syrup, milk, powdered sugar) and sprinkle the donuts with more candied bacon!
Now you can skip the lines at the fancy donut shops and make this version at home!
Nick thinks bacon and maple were made to be together! Check out his blog, Macheesmo, and follow him on his Tablespoon profile.