Last weekend my brother gave a surprise visit home, giving us only a few hours notice before arrival. Usually, I try to have freshly baked goods on the kitchen island to keep the nostalgia of ‘home sweet home.’ Rushed for time, but in the Autumn spirit, I made his favorite with a twist, Mini Maple Bacon Brioche Donuts. Let’s just say, he arrived at 5pm and they were gone before 9pm!
Can you freeze brioche donuts?
How to freeze and reheat brioche donuts: After you’ve let the glaze set on your donuts, simply place them gently inside a freezer-safe bag. I recommend separating any stacked layers with a small piece of parchment paper. When ready to eat them again, simply place the bag in your fridge overnight (or at least 4 hours), then pop them into the microwave or oven for a few minutes to warm up.
Just like you would pop second-day Krispy Kreme donuts in the oven or microwave, you would do the exact same thing with your healthier homemade donuts!
As with the best recipes, there is a little labor of love involved but trust me when I say IT IS WORTH IT!! (…and it really is a pretty easy brioche donut recipe + they can be baked the same day)
Now, it’s time to grab our aprons as we make the most delicious mini brioche donuts you’ll ever taste!
Mini Maple Bacon Brioche Donuts
For the donuts:
- 1 cup Milk, lukewarm temperature
- 2 1/4 tsp. Active Dry Yeast (1 envelope)
- 1 tbsp. Brown Sugar
- 3 3/4 cup All Purpose Flour
- 3/4 tsp. Salt
- 1/2 tsp. Ground Nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
- 2 Eggs, whisked, room temperature
- 4 1/2 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 tbsp. Maple Syrup
- 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
For the glaze:
- 2 2/3 cup Powdered Sugar, more or less (depending on your preference of glaze thickness)
- 2 tbsp. Maple Syrup
- 3 tbsp. Milk
- 4-5 strips of Bacon, cooked and chopped into bits
For the donuts:
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, quickly whisk together the warm milk, active dry yeast, and brown sugar. Set aside for 10-15 minutes, until foamy.
- In the meantime, thoroughly mix together the flour, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon in a separate bowl. With the mixer on low speed, gradually add in the flour mixture. Mix just until well combined, about 1-2 minutes.
- Add in the whisked eggs, vanilla extract, and maple syrup on medium speed. Mix for 8-10 minutes, until pliable and soft.
- Finally, decrease the speed to low, then add in the olive oil one tablespoon at a time. Mix on low for 3-4 minutes, then increase speed to medium for an additional 3-4 minutes. The dough should be pliable and smooth.
- Transfer the dough ball to a lightly greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and set aside in a warm environment for 1-2 hours, until doubled in volume.
- Once risen, transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface, then roll it out to be 1/2" thick. Use a ~2" round cutter for each mini doughnut, as well as a milkstraw to cut the holes. Transfer each donut to a small piece of parchment paper (for easy frying), cover with plastic wrap or damp tea towels, and let them rise for 45-50 minutes.
- In a large skillet or saucepan, heat up 1-2" of oil to 350F (you can also see if it's ready by testing out a donut hole). Cook each donut for 3-4 minutes, flipping occasionally to prevent burning. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
For the glaze:
- Simply mix all ingredients (besides the bacon) together. Add more or less powdered sugar, according to your preferred thickness for the glaze.
- Dip the very tops of each mini donut into the glaze, then garnish with 1 tsp. bacon bits. Allow them to set for at least 5 minutes, then enjoy!!
I truly hope you all enjoy this adorably scrumptious mini donut recipe that will have your kitchen full of Autumn aromas! ’till next time… xxL
“He must increase, but I must decrease.”
John 3:30 (ESV)
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