'I Can't Believe It's Not Bacon' Maple Doughnuts

March 27, 2012
0 Ratings
  • Serves 6
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

What You'll Need
  • Doughnuts
  • 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
  • 'Bacon' Coating
  • 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
  1. To make doughnuts: Preheat oven to 325. Coat a doughnut pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Stir in cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and ginger.
  3. In a small bowl whisk together milk, yogurt, egg, butter, sugar, syrup and vanilla. Slowly add to dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  4. 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.
  5. Bake doughnuts for approximately 12 minutes or until the doughnut springs back when touched.
  6. Cool on a wire rack. Wait until completely cool before glazing and topping.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. To Assemble: Fill the bottom of one pie dish with maple syrup. Spread the bacon topping in a separate pie dish.
  11. Dip both sides and the edges of each doughnut in maple syrup.
  12. Dip both sides and the edges of each doughnut in the bacon topping, making sure to coat as much of the doughnut as possible.
  13. Place on a parchment paper lined plate and enjoy!
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Christy D. July 17, 2017
Has anyone made these?
Midge March 28, 2012
Oh man, these sound great.
aargersi March 28, 2012
LOVE the fakin' bacon - these sound amazing