Maple Bacon Donuts – Recreating a Vacation Memory

MapleBaconDonut_makeandtasteIn February my toddler and I flew across the country to visit family in San Fransisco.  This was a momentous trip considering it was my son’s first flight and he was meeting his new cousin.  The trip was amazing and every morning we would walk over to the Little Marina Green to play at the beach and pick up a cappuccino and maple bacon donut at the Dynamo Donut & Coffee shop.  Since having Dynamo Donuts signature maple bacon donut, I have always wanted to try making them at home.  I had purchased a donut cutter and started researching recipes for inspiration.  I found a recipe that didn’t require the dough to rise overnight and I had all the ingredients on hand, so I gave it a try.  Since I do not have a gas stove I opted to use my grill, which has a gas burner, as you can see in the images below.  It took awhile for the oil to get to temperature because of the wind, but using a heavy bottom pot, like a le creuset is best for this type of recipe.

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Recipe Adapted from: Baked by Rachel

Candy/Fry Thermometer
Donut Cutter

Recipe Adapted From: Baked by Rachel


Maple Bacon Donuts

Total Time: 90 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Yields: 6-12


  • Dough:
  • 3/4 Cup - Milk (heated to 115 degrees)
  • 2 1/4 Teaspoon - Active Dry Yeast (1 packet)
  • 1 Teaspoon and 1/4 Cup - Granulated Sugar (divided)
  • 2.5 Cups - All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 Teaspoon - Salt
  • 3 Tablespoons - Shortening
  • 1 Teaspoon - Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Egg
  • Icing:
  • 2 Cups - Powdered Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup - Pure maple syrup
  • 2-3 Tablespoons - Water
  • 8-10 slices of bacon (cooked and roughly chopped)


  1. In a small bowl or glass measuring cup, combine milk, yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar. Proof for 5-10 minutes
  2. While the yeast is proofing, add the flour, salt, shortening, egg, vanilla and remaining sugar into the bowl of a stand mixer. With mixer running on low-medium speed, slowly add the yeast mixture. Mix dough until it comes together, increasing the speed gradually. Dough my be sticky
  3. Lightly grease your hands and a medium bowl with baking spray. Shape dough into a ball, transfer to the prepared bowl. Cover and allow to rise in a warm location until doubled in size, about 45 minutes
  4. Prepare a baking sheet with a sheet of parchment paper, lightly greased with baking spray
  5. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to between 1/4 - 1/2 inches thick
  6. Cut out donuts using desired sized donut cutter. Transfer dough to prepared baking sheet. Allow dough to continue rising while heating oil in a medium to large pot to 325 degrees. Use a candy/fry thermometer
  7. Fry 2-3 donuts at a time, cooking each side until lightly golden. Remove to a paper towel or wire rack. Repeat with remaining dough
  8. Icing:
  9. In a medium bowl combined the powdered sugar, maple syrup and water. Dip cooled donuts in icing and then bacon. Enjoy

Additional Info

To cook bacon- Lay out the bacon slices onto a sheet pan. Bake in oven at 400 degrees for 17 minutes (depended on thickness they may need additional time) When bacon is cooled place in food processor and pulse until finely chopped or use a knife to chop up bacon.

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