Candied Maple Bacon Donut*

Candied Maple Bacon Donut! Inspired by the famous Gourdough's Flying Pig donut!  via thenovicechefblog.com

Remember when I was telling you about my top 5 places to eat in Austin? One of those places was Gourdough’s. One of the donuts I talked about was the “Flying Pig”. It’s described on their website as: Bacon with Maple Syrup Icing. I took it one step further and candied the bacon…because, why not? ;-)

Being the donut lover that I am, I jumped at the opportunity to do a blog hop recreating the donuts we had at Gourdough’s with some other fabulous bloggers! Make sure and scroll to the bottom of this post to see all the other mouthwatering donuts and go check out their awesome recipes.

Candied Maple Bacon Donut! Inspired by the famous Gourdough's Flying Pig donut!  via thenovicechefblog.com

I posted a photo of these babies on facebook last week and the only thing I said was:

“How to keep a happy husband.”

Before the candied bacon could even come out of the oven, Jorge was sniffing the air asking what I was making. I had to fight him off when I was trying to photograph these sugar bombs — he seriously couldn’t keep his big hands off! I snapped that photo above as I caught him stealing the one I had my camera lens zoomed in on. Oh, men and their bacon.

Candied Maple Bacon Donut! Inspired by the famous Gourdough's Flying Pig donut!  via thenovicechefblog.com

If you have never had candied bacon before, it’s worth making all by itself. But once you put it on top of a fried donut dipped in maple glaze? Whoa, mama.

If you never get a chance to make it out to Austin, Texas to check out Gourdough’s yourself – at least now you can have a little taste in your own kitchen!

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Candied Maple Bacon Donut

Yield: 12 Donuts

recipe note: if you are looking for a quick way to make these donuts - buy a dozen regular glazed donuts and just re-dip them in the maple glaze!

Ingredients:

Donut:
2 tablespoons water, warmed
1.25 oz envelope fast-rise yeast
3/4 cup whole milk, warmed
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
3 tablespoons shortening or lard
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
vegetable oil or peanut oil, for frying

Maple Glaze:
1 1/2 tablespoons whole milk (possibly more)
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon maple extract
2 cups powdered sugar

Candied Bacon:
1 lb center cut bacon
2/3 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons freshly cracked black pepper
1 teaspoon kosher salt

Directions:

Donut:

In the bowl of your stand mixer with the paddle attachment (or a large bowl if you are going to kneed the dough by hand), whisk together yeast and warm water and let stand for 5 minutes.

Add milk, sugar, salt, egg, shortening, and 1 cup of flour. Mix on medium low for 2 minutes, then switch to the dough hook. Slowly add the remaining 1 1/2 cups flour a half a cup at a time. Once you have added all the flour, knead on medium for 2-3 minutes, until dough no longer sticks to the bowl. Turn up the speed to medium high and continue to knead dough for 3-4 minutes, until dough is smooth.

Transfer dough to a greased bowl and cover with a slightly damp tea towel. Place bowl in a warm area (or a preheated oven to 200 degrees and then turned off) for about one hour. Dough is ready when it has doubled in size.

Transfer raised dough onto a lightly floured surface and carefully roll out till it is 1 inch thick. Cut out doughnuts with a floured 4 inch biscuit cutter and then cut out the center of each donut with a floured 1-2 inch biscuit cutter.

Place donuts and donut holes on a lightly floured cookie sheet and cover again with a slightly damp tea towel. Place in a warm area (or a preheated oven to 200 degrees and then turned off) for about one hour. Dough is ready when it has doubled in size.

Heat oil in a large, deep skillet or deep fryer to 350 degrees.

Once oil is hot, working with 4-6 donuts at a time, carefully drop donuts into oil. Fry for 1 to 2 minutes, or until golden brown and flip and fry the other side.

Remove and drain on a paper towel (or newspaper) lined plate. Continue this process until each donut has been fried.


Maple Glaze:

Place wax paper under a wire rack to collect any drippings for an easy clean up. Then, in a small bowl whisk together milk, maple syrup and maple extract. Add powdered sugar, whisking until smooth. If icing is to stiff, add a teaspoon of milk at a time until desired consistency is reached.

While the donuts are still warm, dip the tops of each donut and donut hole into the icing and transfer to a wire rack and let set for 5 minutes. Save any remaining frosting to drizzle on top of the completed donut.


Candied Bacon:

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a large cookie sheet with aluminum foil, and position a cooling rack on top of pan. Lightly spray the rack with non-stick spray (or grease with oil).

Combine the brown sugar, black pepper and salt in a shallow plate/dish. Press each side of each slice of bacon firmly into the spiced sugar to coat well.

Arrange the slices of bacon on top of the rack in a single layer. If there is any sugar remaining in the dish, sprinkle it on top of the bacon slices evenly.

Bake until the bacon is crisp and the sugar is bubbly, about 20 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes and then cut each strip in half.

Arrange candied bacon on top of donuts and drizzle the top with any remaining maple glaze. Serve immediately!

actual donut recipe slightly adapted from my cookbook: Mini Donuts!

Gourdough's Copycat Donut Recipes!

Like I said earlier, I am not the only one who recreated their favorite Gourdough’s Doughnuts? Go check out all of these other amazing donut recipes:

1. PB & J by Capturing Joy
2. Granny’s Pie by Crazy for Crust
3. Heavenly Hash by Something Swanky
4. The Carney (Apple Pie Doughnuts) by Shugary Sweets
5. The Flying Pig by The Novice Chef
6. Dirty Berry by Inside BruCrew Life
7. Bring the Heath by Mom on Timeout
8. Son of a Peach by Chef-in-Training
9. Mama’s Cake by The Domestic Rebel
10. The Mother Clucker by Oh Sweet Basil
11. Cherry Bombs by My Life as a Mrs.
12. The Funky Monkey by The Little Kitchen
13. The Baby Rattler by Confessions of a Cookbook Queen
14. Black Out Cupcakes {inspired by Gourdoughs} by Cookies & Cups
15. ODB by Sweet Treats and More
16. The Puddin’ by Lauren’s Latest
17. Naughty & Nice by Life’s Ambrosia
18. Miss Shortcake by Kevin & Amanda

 

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61 Responses to “Candied Maple Bacon Donut”

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    shelly (cookies and cups) — June 26, 2013 @ 7:42 am

    This doughnut was my FAVORITE on the truck. Seriously, I could eat about 4 of them… also candied bacon rules the world.

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    Eat Good 4 Life — June 26, 2013 @ 7:44 am

    I have just came from Chef in Training blog and all of these donut pictures are making me spin :-) What a bummer that I was not able to visit that donut store while in Texas but thanks for this recipe. I am sure my husband will love this one with all of that bacon over the top :-)

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    Heather @ Sugar Dish Me — June 26, 2013 @ 7:51 am

    I’m basically going to put candied bacon on everything from now on.
    I live in a house full of boys and these would not last 5 minutes!!! You did a beautiful job recreating these Gourdough’s treats!

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    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — June 26, 2013 @ 8:05 am

    OMG these were my second favorite doughnut!! I freaking loved the maple and bacon together. Yours look delicious girl!!

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    JulieD — June 26, 2013 @ 9:03 am

    Haha, I love the caption you wrote for the image. I’m sure Jorge was so happy! Your photos look awesome!

  16. 16

    Ashton — June 26, 2013 @ 9:08 am

    Oh yeah, these look amazing!

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    Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet — June 26, 2013 @ 9:11 am

    Seeing these on Instagram the name was just so intriguing to me so I immediately had to come check this out! This is just amazing! Bacon and maple syrup you can’t go wrong with either of these!

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    Christina Gathright — June 26, 2013 @ 9:15 am

    You had me at candied maple bacon! My hubby says he’d definitely be down with eating a dozen bacon topped donuts :)

  19. 19

    Lauren — June 26, 2013 @ 9:35 am

    DYING over these…..also, I miss your face. That is all.

  20. 20

    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — June 26, 2013 @ 9:42 am

    OMG. You candied the bacon. Holy heck.

    Favorite. Doughnut. EVER!

  21. 21

    Cookbook Queen — June 26, 2013 @ 9:47 am

    Just YES.

  22. 22

    Emily {Pink Tiger in the Kitchen} — June 26, 2013 @ 9:50 am

    The addition of candied bacon is freaking genius!! I haven’t had Gourdough’s but there’s a donut place in NOLA that has a maple bacon longjohn that’s awesome…. BUT they don’t candy their bacon!! LOVE it!!

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    Bev @ Bev Cooks — June 26, 2013 @ 10:01 am

    I jut fell out of my chair.

  25. 25

    Belinda @themoonblushbaker — June 26, 2013 @ 10:02 am

    The only acceptable way to eat bacon with donuts! These are making me drool at 12pm!

  26. 26

    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — June 26, 2013 @ 10:27 am

    Amen. I want seventeeeeeeen.

    Dare I say this looks better than the original?! ‘Cause it does.

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    Sues — June 26, 2013 @ 10:31 am

    I’m still bitter I didn’t get to go to Gourdough’s in Austin! I made a pumpkin doughnut with maple bacon frosting last year and now I absolutely NEED to make these ones!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — June 26, 2013 @ 10:33 am

    Holy gorgeousness. I’ve gotta high-tail my buns down to Gourdough’s, and STAT!

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    Trish - Mom On Timeout — June 26, 2013 @ 10:39 am

    Oh my goodness! I had this one and it was AMAZING! Your version looks even better :) YUM!

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    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life — June 26, 2013 @ 11:05 am

    I am ducking as I say this…I actually don’t like bacon, BUT I did try this doughnut in Austin and it was absolutely amazing!!! The maple fried dough and bacon was pretty dang good! And you candied your bacon??? That may be the way I need to try bacon from now on!!!

  32. 32

    Amanda — June 26, 2013 @ 11:20 am

    Loooooooove these Jessica!! This one was one of my favorites!! Your version looks AMAZING!! :)

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    Marcie@FlavortheMoments — June 26, 2013 @ 11:53 am

    Wow! Love your version. I’d love it for breakfast!

  34. 34

    Leah | So, How's It Taste? — June 26, 2013 @ 12:20 pm

    I have died and gone to donut heaven! Candied bacon for the win!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — June 26, 2013 @ 12:29 pm

    All these amazing donuts, I don’t know where to start!! My 8 year old loves bacon with anything sweet – he would go crazy for these!

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    Tieghan — June 26, 2013 @ 4:35 pm

    Yes! One of the best doughnut flavors around! I am loving these. You did an awesome job!

  37. 37

    carrian — June 26, 2013 @ 4:54 pm

    holy moly!!

  38. 38

    Katie — June 26, 2013 @ 5:23 pm

    This was my absolute favorite while visiting GourDoughs! Must make asap!

  39. 39

    Des @ Life's Ambrosia — June 26, 2013 @ 5:30 pm

    In the words of Uncle Jessie “HAVE MERCY!”

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    Kristy @ Sweet Treats & More — June 26, 2013 @ 6:10 pm

    Oh wow, now these look awesome! Love your photos!

  41. 41

    Kristi — June 26, 2013 @ 6:30 pm

    Oh my words. I can’t wait to make these. I think I’m drooling a little.

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl — June 26, 2013 @ 6:32 pm

    Ok. These donuts are perfect. Great share, you have me crying in happiness.

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    Emily @ Life on Food — June 26, 2013 @ 7:27 pm

    I don’t fry at home…ever. But for these. Oh my goodness. I must!

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    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — June 27, 2013 @ 12:56 am

    Holy yum! Everything is better with candied bacon :D

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    Shundara@SavyNaturalista — June 27, 2013 @ 3:23 pm

    Oh gosh bacon with anything sounds delicious! These look to die for I cannot wait to try.

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    Cassie | Bake Your Day — June 27, 2013 @ 6:14 pm

    Pure brilliance! I love this and love that you all recreated these recipes!

  47. 47

    ashley - baker by nature — June 27, 2013 @ 6:43 pm

    We are HUGE bacon lovers over here, so I know I’ll be recreating these bad boys!!! Can’t blame your hubby for stealing one; I’d have done the same ;)

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    Courtney @ BakeMeBetter — June 27, 2013 @ 8:12 pm

    Wow. Candied bacon with maple syrup glaze on a soft warm donut. Wow.

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    AthenaTheGreek — June 30, 2013 @ 3:58 pm

    Oh my god….it seems delicius…but so manyyyyyy calories….

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    Suzanne — July 1, 2013 @ 10:37 pm

    A maple bacon donut would make my husband happy too!

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    Nutmeg nanny — July 4, 2013 @ 5:01 pm

    Oh my goodness, get out of here with that! It has my name all over it :)

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    Sweetsugarbelle — July 17, 2013 @ 5:47 pm

    I had that donut while I was in Austin, and this post makes me want to bust out in song. Specifically, “You are the Wind Beneath my Wings”.

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