As a girl who grew up in the Carolinas, the birthplace of Krispy Kreme, I'm a full believer in the wonder that is the glazed doughnut. If y'all are familiar with the company then you know all about the Hot N' Fresh sign. This is a beacon to Krispy Kreme lovers everywhere letting us know that the best doughnut in the universe is at the peak of perfection and ready to enjoy. Unfortunately the delicious glazed doughnut doesn't fall in line with my healthy eating plan, so I've had to deny myself its splendor. As a side effect Bubba has been denied as well. To make it up to him I thought I would try out some baked doughnut recipes. Being winter I naturally gravitate to sugar and spice, but I love a little salt with my sweet and thought savory bacon would be a great contrast. Bubba loves them. They will never replace that simple fried and glazed doughnut we love so much, but these are delicious and a little better for you.
These doughnuts are a great treat for your morning meal or an on the go snack.
Bacon Cinnamon Doughnuts
Makes: 12 doughnuts
1/4 cup butter - room temperature
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs - room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 2/3 cups all purpose flour
1 cup milk
Shortening - to grease pan
1/4 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups confectioners' sugar
5 strips of cooked bacon - crumbled
Lightly grease two doughnut pans. Be sure to completely cover the inner well with a light coating of shortening.
Preheat oven to 425°
In bowl of a standing mixer (or large bowl if using a hand mixer) cream butter, sugars and vegetable oil on medium speed. Add eggs and blend in one at a time. Add vanilla and mix until combined.
In a separate bowl mix flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda and spices. Use a fork to mix the dry ingredients together.
With your mixer on a low-medium speed add 1/4 of the dry ingredients to the bowl. Once it starts to blend add 1/4 of the milk to the bowl. Stop occasionally to scrape the sides down. Repeat this until all dry ingredients and milk have been added. Mix for one more minute to make sure batter is smooth.
Using a spoon fill the doughnut wells 2/3 of the way full. Bake for 10 minutes. Allow to cool in the pan for 5 - 7 minutes before turning onto rack to cool
Combine milk and vanilla in a medium size bowl. Whisk until combined. Slowly sift confectioners' sugar into the bowl constantly whisking to keep the mixture smooth.
Lay doughnut in bowl to coat and then place on cooling rack. *NOTE* Be sure to have paper towels or parchment paper under your cooling rack to catch glaze drippings. If not you'll have a sticky mess!
Sprinkle tops of doughnuts with bacon crumbles before glaze begins to harden.