Maple syrup and bacon donuts

Bacon and maple syrup may sound unusual, but this classic Canadian combination is a winner!


Preparation method

  1. Heat a frying pan and fry the bacon pieces for 2-3 minutes, or until crisp. Set aside.

  2. Whisk the eggs, buttermilk and sugar together in a bowl.

  3. Sift the flour, cinnamon, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda into a separate bowl, then whisk in the buttermilk mixture.

  4. Stir in the melted butter and half of the bacon until the mixture comes together as a soft dough.

  5. Roll the dough out until 1cm/½in thick and use a pastry cutter to cut out 6cm/2½in circles. Cut a smaller circle from the middle of each larger circle to make a doughnut shape.

  6. Heat the oil in a deep heavy-based frying pan until a breadcrumb sizzles and turns brown when dropped into it. (CAUTION: hot oil can be dangerous. Do not leave unattended.)

  7. Deep-fry the doughnuts for 2-3 minutes, or until puffed up and golden-brown.

  8. Remove the doughnuts from the pan and set aside to drain on kitchen paper.

  9. Drizzle the doughnuts with the maple syrup and sprinkle over the remaining bacon pieces.

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