Author Notes: One of my favorite things to eat when I was a kid was Sunday morning pancakes topped with bacon. Since turning vegetarian a few years ago, I have seriously missed bacon. Surprisingly enough Parmesan cheese crisps make for an excellent bacon substitute. I know it sounds bizarre, but sometimes you just have to embrace the crazy :D —how2iceacake
- 1.25 cups all purpose flour
- 0.5 teaspoons baking powder
- 0.25 teaspoons salt
- 0.25 cups milk
- 0.25 cups plain greek yogurt
- 1 egg
- 4 teaspoons butter, melted
- 0.25 cups brown sugar
- 0.25 cups maple syrup
- 1.5 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
- 0.25 teaspoons allspice
- 0.25 teaspoons ginger
- 0.25 cups additional maple syrup for glaze
- 0.33 cups grated Parmesan
- 0.25 cups walnuts
- 0.25 cups almonds
- 1.5 tablespoons brown sugar
- 0.5 tablespoons maple syrup
- 0.5 teaspoons sea salt
- To make doughnuts: Preheat oven to 325. Coat a doughnut pan with cooking spray and set aside.
- In a medium bowl sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Stir in cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and ginger.
- In a small bowl whisk together milk, yogurt, egg, butter, sugar, syrup and vanilla. Slowly add to dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
- Spoon mixture into a large plastic bag and cut one corner of the bag with scissors. Squeeze the dough into the doughnut pan, using the bag like a pastry piping bag.
- Bake doughnuts for approximately 12 minutes or until the doughnut springs back when touched.
- Cool on a wire rack. Wait until completely cool before glazing and topping.
- To make bacon coating: Preheat oven to 350. Spread cheese in a thin disc on a baking sheet. Cook for about 10 minutes or until browned. Set aside to cool.
- Combine nuts with 1/2 T. of brown sugar and maple syrup. Spread on baking sheet and bake in 350 oven for about 8 minutes. Keep an eye out on these because they can burn really quickly.
- Add Parmesan, nuts, the rest of the brown sugar and sea salt to a small food processor. Pulse until you have a fine crumb mixture.
- To Assemble: Fill the bottom of one pie dish with maple syrup. Spread the bacon topping in a separate pie dish.
- Dip both sides and the edges of each doughnut in maple syrup.
- Dip both sides and the edges of each doughnut in the bacon topping, making sure to coat as much of the doughnut as possible.
- Place on a parchment paper lined plate and enjoy!
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Maple Recipe