“Yep, there she goes – she done did it again. Putting bacon on a donut as if there’s a shortage of bacon or donuts being eaten in this world.”
Yes, as a matter of fact, I did done did it again and I do done think it’s good.
Besides, this donut is a tribute to Elvis and his favorite sandwich. We’re talking about a banana donut with peanut butter glaze and bacon sprinkle. You can’t fault me for my desire to honor a musical icon.
I won’t be a cheese-ball and say that one bite of this donut had me all shook up.
But since we’re there, let me tell you why I can’t help falling in love with these little gems. First, we have a donut that is tender and fluffy in the middle with a fine, brown sugar crispness at the edges. The peanut butter glaze amplifies the sweetness and nuttiness of said edges. The bacon balances everything out with just a little bit of smoke, salt and meatiness. It’s a little donut with a big flavor.
Dare I say that this donut is a hunka hunka burning love in your tummy?
No. One of these donuts isn’t. But maybe if, like me, you eat a couple in one sitting, they’ll indeed be sitting like a hunka hunka something in the bottom of your gut.
It’s kinda hard not to partake in more than your fair share. A delicious plate of these, sitting in their decisive little pile, throwing seductive glances and crispy bacon crumbles your way, may leave you panting like a hound dog, unable to resist one more donut and then another one.
Anyway, I promised myself that I would never be a total dork and throw in a bunch of truly terrible Elvis puns to pitch these donuts. It would make y’all groan out loud, much like I do at some of Mr. Hausfrau’s jokes. I won’t be (that) cruel.
But, I’ll be honest with you – it may be a blue Christmas without these donuts.
(heavily adapted from Everyday with Rachel Ray)
1 1/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1 tablespoon vanilla
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup half and half
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
6 slices of bacon, finely diced and fried until crisp
Preheat the oven to 350.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the sugars, eggs, mashed banana, vanilla and oil.
Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until no streaks of flour appear.
Fill the greased wells of a donut pan until approximately 2/3 full of batter. Bake 15 minutes. Allow the donuts to cool completely in their pans before gently removing them.
For the glaze: In a small bowl, mash the powdered sugar into the peanut butter until combined. whisk in the half and half, one tablespoon at a time until blended. Whisk in the vanilla.
Dip the donuts in the glaze and place them on a wire rack set over wax paper or another sheet pan, allowing the excess glaze to drip down. Once the glaze has had a few minutes to start setting, sprinkle the bacon crumbles across the donuts. Allow the glaze to fully set before enjoying.