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Ohhh LaLa Bacon Doughnuts

Sooo….my run on The Next Food Network Star came to an end this week!  In the end bacon was my demise …give a nice Jewish girl some bacon and see what she comes up with!   What a crazy and weirdly amazing experience.  I have made fabulous lifelong friendships and was able to partake in a great adventure!

Enough of that!!!  I have been getting bombarded!!!  On Sunday evening on the Cooking Channel’s After Party,  I sat down with Adam Gertler (yes, even hotter in person), super duper Sunny Anderson and sweet as can be Kelsey Nixon!  I made them Bacon Doughnuts….deep fried in bacon fat….topped with Nutella and sprinkled with crunchy bacon!  Why didn’t I think of this in Kitchen Stadium????!!!!!  Enjoy the recipe below!

Makes 10 dougnuts and doughnut holes!

1 cup warm milk

2 pks. Rapid Rise Dry Active Yeast

1 tsp. sugar

Warm milk, add yeast and sugar.

Mix and set aside for 8 minutes until foam forms

¾ cup boiled Yukon Gold potato (warm)

2 TB unsalted butter

½ cup crispy bacon

Mash potatoes and butter together until smooth.

Mix in bacon.

2 ¼ cups flour

¼ cup of sugar

Pinch of salt

Mix dry ingredients together.

Mix in potato mixture.

Add milk mixture and stir all ingredients together.

Knead dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth (2 min).

Roll to a ¼ in. thick.

Cut out doughnuts using a 3in. cutter.  You may cut out the center as well for doughnut holes.

Place doughnuts on a lightly floured surface for 30 minutes until doubled in size.

3-4 cups of bacon grease or a mixture of bacon grease and vegetable oil.

Heat oil to 350-360 degrees.

Fry the dough until golden brown.  About 4 minutes per side.  3 min per side for the doughnut holes.

Drain on a paper towel.


2 cups Nutella

½ cup half and half

1 cup crumbled bacon

Mix together Nutella and half and half until smooth.  When the doughnuts cool, dip in Nutella mixture and top with crumbled bacon.

1 cup sugar

¼ crispy bacon

Blend in a food processor until the bacon is incorporated into the sugar.

***Roll doughnut hole is bacon sugar while warm.


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