Over the weekend, I woke up with one clear thought, “I MUST make doughnuts.” And if you are going to bother with the the huge vat of oil, wait for the dough to rise and eat a ginormous amount of calories, then you may as well jump in with both feet and make Maple Glazed Doughnuts topped with Applewood Smoked Bacon crumbles. Don’t you agree?
I am one hundred percent certain if Han Solo were a doughnut he would be that one right there below which has been dipped in chocolate, then maple glazed and with a finale of freshly cooked bacon crumbs sprinkled on top. Ok…my mind has always been suspect at best, and now you have just made a positive diagnosis for me as certifiably insane. That’s Ok…I’m cool with that—really.
You see, these doughnuts were first requested by my husband, and he is a STAR WARS FREAK! I will get to the doughnut association later…be patient.
To answer your questions (if you didn’t have any, please play along anyhow) : 1) Yes, he does actually go to those Star Wars Conventions 2)No, he does not own a Storm Trooper Suit 3)Yes, he DOES own several Star Wars themed clothing pieces (One Boba Fett hoodie, One Yoda Hoodie, etc.) and 4)No I have not acquiesced to wearing THE GOLD BIKINI or having a SW themed bedroom for us so instead he has a SW themed office at work. Win-win for both of us, wouldn’t you say?
Back to the doughnuts—When glazing these beauties, the whole family pitched in. My daughter, in a manner much like any professional chocolatier, was dipping some of the donuts in melted bittersweet chocolate, I was spreading on the maple glaze and my husband was in charge of the bacon. Next thing I know, my husband is on a mission to make an EPIC DOUGHNUT as he put it. He dipped one in the melted chocolate, refrigerated it for about 10 minutes so the chocolate could firm up, then spread maple glaze over it and finally sprinkled on the bacon crumbles.
It was an EPIC Doughnut indeed, and what is the first thing any normal person associates with the word EPIC but STAR WARS of course (maybe he has rubbed off on me!). And then it dawned on me, this doughnut is just like Han Solo. No, I did not see his likeness in the doughnut like those famous Virgin Mary Cheetos that they are auctioning on Ebay.
Instead, I saw the bad-ass bacon crumbles opposing the sweet maple glaze, a sweet and salty irony, much like Han himself and the dark, smooth sexy chocolate. I mean what woman didn’t want a little nibble of Han Solo (or chocolate for that matter)? And underneath everything complex on top was just a basic, sturdy doughnut— one you could count on in a pinch. Didn’t he come through for Princess Leia each and every time?
If you are in need of a reliable doughnut recipe and have a hankering for something deliciously salty and sweet, rich and soft…then make these doughnuts, or make it simpler and just rent Star Wars and stop by the local doughnut shop. You will not be disappointed either way.
P.S. Ok…I had one more cool pic of my very sexy doughnuts. My husband, the graphic artist, drizzled chocolate over the maple glaze in that pic there. It looks so cool and zebra striped. Who would that doughnut be like? Any ideas? Please comment.
Basic Doughnut Recipe
Taken directly from Under the High Chair (adapted from Gourmet Today):
1 (1/4-ounce) package (2-1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast
2 tablespoons warm water
3-1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus additional for sprinkling
1 cup whole milk, at room temperature
1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, salted
3 large egg yolks
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
vegetable oil for frying
Taken directly from Under the High Chair
2 cups confectioner’s sugar
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
2 Tablespoons corn syrup
1 Tablespoon water
(optional: few drops maple flavoring)
Melted chocolate, 1/2 bag of good quality chocolate chips
Crumbled (or pulverized in Food Processor) freshly cooked Applewood Smoked Bacon
To make the doughnut dough:
Stir together yeast and warm water in a small bowl until yeast is dissolved. Let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes (If yeast doesn’t foam, discard and start over with new yeast.)
Combine flour, milk, butter, yolks, sugar, salt and cinnamon in mixer bowl, add yeast mixture, and mix at low speed until a soft dough forms. Increase speed to medium-high and beat for 3 minutes.
Scrape dough from sides of bowl into center and sprinkle lightly with flour, to keep a crust from forming. Cover bowl with a kitchen towel and let dough rise in a warm draft-free place until doubled in bulk, 1-1/2 to 2 hours. Alternatively, let dough rise in refrigerator for 8 to 12 hours.
Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll out with a lightly floured rolling pin into a 12-inch round. Cut out as many rounds as possible with 3-inch cutter, cut a hole in center of each round with 1-inch cutter (or melon ball scoop like I did!), and transfer doughnuts to a lightly floured large baking sheet or on a baking sheet lined with a Silpat mat.
Cover doughnuts with a kitchen towel and let rise in a warm draft-free place until slightly puffed, about 30 minutes (45 minutes if dough was refrigerated).
Heat 2-1/2 inches oil in a 4-quart deep heavy pot until it registers 350F on thermometer. Fry doughnuts 2 at a time, turning occasionally with a wire skimmer or a slotted spoon, until puffed and golden brown, about 2 minutes per batch. Transfer to paper towels to drain. (Return oil to 350F between batches.) Allow to cool completely before glazing.
To glaze, I set up three bowls. One bowl with the melted chocolate, one with the maple glaze, and one with the bacon crumbs. As my daughter and I glazed the doughnuts and my husband sprinkled the top with the bacon, we would place them on a rack. Underneath the rack, I placed sheets of aluminum foil to catch the drips. Under the High Chair also has a great sounding coffee glaze on her site that you may want to try. Let me know how it goes!
May 4, 2013 at 2:51 am
Though not a fan of star war, I do LOVE those bacon donuts!
May 4, 2013 at 4:28 am
What I want to know is how I made it through four years at MIT without ever hearing of this holiday! (everyone there is super star wars obsessed). These donuts are hte perfect way to celebrate!
May 4, 2013 at 4:59 pm
May 4, 2013 at 11:24 pm
I feel like my life will not be complete until I try a maple bacon glazed donut. They look amazing!
May 5, 2013 at 5:44 am
I love how you think, Genie. It’s an “In for a penny, in for a pound” kinda thing. If you’re going to send make donuts, then MAKE DONUTS! And yours sound so very good! I’ve paid for many a donut that didn’t look near as good. Seriously. Well done, Geni!
May 5, 2013 at 9:59 am
Love doughnuts. Love bacon. Love Star Wars. Excellent post!
May 5, 2013 at 6:58 pm
I’m ALL OVER this donut. I want it NOW.
May 5, 2013 at 7:59 pm
This looks delicious! Maple bacon doughnuts are my kryptonite.
May 6, 2013 at 6:43 am
Looks super yummy!! 🙂 💖
May 6, 2013 at 12:38 pm
These look amazingly delicious! I am in class right now and my mouth is watering just looking at these donuts!!!
May 6, 2013 at 4:12 pm
I have to say these look pretty delicious and I have a very strong feeling my boyfriend would absolutely love these.
May 6, 2013 at 8:33 pm
I am drooling! Maple and bacon and on a doughnut. Looks like another life saver to me. 🙂
May 7, 2013 at 11:20 am
Maple doughnuts with BACON?!! Now you’re speaking my language. I seriously can’t stop staring at that first photo, holy cow. I’ve always been too scared to make homemade doughnuts, but am gonna have to give it a try. Especially is bacon is involved…. 🙂
May 7, 2013 at 3:19 pm
Geni, I wished I live near you so I could grab some of these doughnuts…can you believe that I never made doughnuts? I love the ones with bacon, chocolate and the drizzled ones…I guess all of them 🙂
Have a great week !
May 7, 2013 at 7:47 pm
My family would consider you a goddess. I have never made donuts.
May 8, 2013 at 12:53 am
Happy mums day a little early to you! wow these are knock your socks off great donuts. Sweet and savory and glazed… you better make more my hungry teenage boys are on their way to your house. Geni, I hope you were wearing your gold star wars bikini when making these EPIC donuts!
May 8, 2013 at 7:30 am
Uh, yum! I love the name and these look and sound amazing! I think my Star Wars loving husband would love these for Father’s Day 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
May 8, 2013 at 10:38 am
ummmmmm yes please!
May 8, 2013 at 2:17 pm
Do I see bacon and chocolate in the same post? Oh yeah I’m definitely hungry now lol. These doughnuts are delish! I always wanted to make my own but was a little afraid too. You’ve just inspired me to try it 🙂
May 10, 2013 at 4:49 am
Well these definitely are some EPIC donuts. My husband would love these as bacon is most favorite thing. Add it to dessert and hes a very happy man. MUST try these!
May 15, 2013 at 7:35 pm
I love how you phrase your posts-the title the recipe the pics. All so amazing and these are most definitely the donut of Donuts!
May 22, 2013 at 11:31 am
Wow……drooling big time at my desk right now….
May 24, 2013 at 2:45 pm
Wow, those look amazing!
June 7, 2013 at 1:19 pm
Hi, Geni! Stopping by to let you know that I featured your AMAZING looking donuts on my blog today in celebration of National Donut Day! http://www.chattingoverchocolate.com/2013/06/a-bakers-dozen-ways-to-celebrate.html
Thanks for sharing this yummy post!! 🙂 Have a fantastic weekend!
July 7, 2013 at 5:07 pm
HOLY CATS. Those look great! Man…donuts..mm
August 16, 2013 at 11:35 pm
That maple glaze with bacon….I am almost tempted to call it a breakfast item BECAUSE of the bacon. Amazing. I need to try!
August 29, 2013 at 2:56 am
yummy donuts! Everything you make looks good! unfortunately i have no talent at making but i’m good at eating!
September 7, 2013 at 7:17 pm
Oh my goodness! I have to make these…mmm bacon!