Ushering in the New Year with Donuts (Part I)!

January 2013

New Year’s brunch seemed like an appropriate time to crank up my production of donuts (via this gift from the Goodwill gods). My special one is prone to pick bacon donuts when we buy them. Since I am picky about the origins of my bacon, I don’t usually partake in his selection. However, when you make your own donuts, you have the power to raise your own pigs! No, I didn’t go that hog wild [yet?], but I did bake my favorite Black Forest Bacon from Whole Foods in the spirit of good luck for the New Year!

Maple bacon Donuts

Maple Glazed Cake Donuts with Black Forest Bacon
makes approximately 12 donuts

Dry Ingredients

1/2 cup almond meal
1/2 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup organic light brown sugar
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Wet Ingredients

1/2 cup half and half
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
4 Tablespoons olive oil

Maple Glaze

1 cup organic confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup pure maple syrup

3-4 strips of Black Forest Bacon, prepared to your liking (I usually bake my bacon)

For the Donuts

In a large mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients.

In another large bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredient mixture and whisk until just incorporated, being careful not to overmix.

Preheat and grease your donut maker and follow manufacturer’s instructions.

For the Glaze

In a bowl, combine confectioners sugar and vanilla.

Gradually whisk in enough maple syrup to make a coating consistency. Dip the donuts in the glaze to coat. Then set them, glazed-side up on a rack over wax paper. Add the bacon, and let the glaze set.

One Maple Bacon Donut

Enjoy!

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