Maple Bar Success

I asked my oldest what he wanted for breakfast one day this week, expecting that he would say waffles or cinnamon rolls. Imagine my surprise when he said doughnuts. Luckily, he gave me a few days to think about it, find a recipe to try and build up my nerve to actually do it.Homemade maple bars I don’t have a doughnut cutter and the thought of cutting out circles and then finding a smaller device to cut out the inner hole didn’t sound like something I wanted to do. One of my kids’ favorite kind of doughnuts is maple bars, so I decided to make those. I just had to combine a few different recipes.

Saving a trip to the store, using ingredients that I can pronounce, seeing the delight in eaters’ eyes and learning a new skill works for me!

Maple Bar Success
  • 4½ tsp yeast (or 2 packages yeast)
  • ¼ cup warm water
  • 1 can evaporated milk, room temp or a little warmer
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅓ cup melted butter or vegetable oil
  • 5 cups flour
  • canola oil for frying
  • Maple Glaze:
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp maple extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 Tbsp milk
  1. Dissolve yeast in warm water in mixer bowl.
  2. Add milk, sugar, salt, eggs, butter and 2 cups flour.
  3. Beat on low until all mixed, then on a little higher speed for 2 more minutes, scraping bowl often.
  4. Add remaining flour and mix until smooth.
  5. Cover and let rise until double; about an hour.
  6. Dough will be sticky.
  7. Turn dough onto flour surface, roll out to ½ inch thick and cut into desired shapes.
  8. Cover with a towel and let rise another half hour.
  9. Heat oil to 350 degrees (here, the use of an electric fry pan or a deep fryer would have come in handy, but I used my candy thermometer to gauge the temperature.)
  10. Slide doughnuts into oil, four at a time and fry until golden; about 30 seconds each side if your oil is really hot.
  11. Remove to drain on paper towels or paper grocery bags.
  12. Mix up glaze ingredients in a bowl.
  13. Drizzle over or dunk donuts.


11 thoughts on “Maple Bar Success

  1. >They look awesome! I have never been a fan of maple bars- maple is too strong and sweet for me. (I have trouble with breakfast maple syrup too, so I don't have it very often. I do love the flavor, but it doesn't work with my digestive system! Can someone really be allergic to maple flavoring? I hate that I appear to be!)

    BUT, I love chocolate bars! So this is still a recipe I will try. In fact, I think I will make Rootbeer bars. I made some Rootbeer cookies w/ frosting a few years back and when I find that recipe or another one, I will put Rootbeer frosting on the donut! Should be awesome.

    Thanks for sharing over at Food on Fridays with Ann Kroeker. Have a wonderful week!

  2. >These look absolutely wonderful! The maple glaze was inspired. Thanks for sharing these with us. Have a wonderful weekend.

  3. >Well, you are so daring! I love it! Thanks for posting them, and congratulations on such successful creativity and kitchen confidence!

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