Can I Still Cook Like a Top Chef: Maple and Bacon Doughnuts

Every once and while on Top Chef you’ll find the contestants thinking up very similar dishes. There was the pea puree situation between Alex and Ed on Season 7 and countless other times with similar ingredients. But, I can’t remember a time when the chefs made the exact same dish as Jonathan and Elizabeth did last night. They both made a maple bacon doughnut in the joint baby shower for season one’s host Thea Andrews and resident judge Shereen Arazm. Jonathan’s doughnut was the clear favourite – putting him in the running to win the episode. Curtis took the win with his macaroons, definitely a difficult task to take on.

As soon as I saw the doughnuts I knew exactly what I was going to make. Growing up my mom would always make food from scratch, from bread to popsicles, she was the queen of homemade. Every once and while she would make doughnuts, that tasted better than any Tim Horton’s or Krispy Kreme doughnut I had ever tasted.

Sticking with the baby shower, boy and girl theme, I drizzled blue and pink moulding chocolate on each doughnut. Being a cocktail party style baby shower I made the portion size a bit smaller then Jonathan and Elizabeth.

Maple Bacon Doughnut Holes

Doughnuts:
1 ¼ cup milk
1 egg
¼ cup shortening
¼ cup sugar
1 tsp salt
3 ½ cups flour
1 ½ tsp instant yeast

Glaze:
2 cups icing sugar, sifted
4 tbsp pure maple syrup
4 tbsp milk
2 tbsp bacon fat

¼ cup moulding chocolate (any colour)

Doughnuts:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 F
2. Mix shortening and sugar until incorporated
3. Add egg and mix until well blended
4. Add milk, instant yeast and salt
5. Gradually add the flour and mix until dough forms
6. Roll dough to ¼ inch thickness
7. Using a circle cookie cutter, cut circles out of the dough, and roll by hand into uniform balls
8. Place on rack, and let rise for about 30 minutes
9. Using a muffin tin, place in oven for 12 minutes
10. Place on rack to cool

Glaze:
1. Combine all ingredients and mix until well blended

Chocolate:
1. Place in microwave safe bowl, on high heat microwave for 40 seconds
2. Mix with a fork, until fully melted

The Results:
The doughnuts turned out a little bit on the dark side, but they were still soft on the inside. In the end it did what is was supposed to do. It brought me back to the handful of times my mom made homemade doughnuts.

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