I have been craving doughnuts ever since July when we were staying in Utah for a family reunion. There happened to be a Krispy Kreme shop right next to our hotel. I scoped it out from the first second that we drove in. I’m not a huge fan of continental breakfast since I’m really picky about certain things. I knew I wanted to go get a doughnut for breakfast at least one of the days we were there, probably both days though! I tried to talk my 13 year old into jogging to the doughnut shop with me. No deal. I tried to talk my sister into walking over there with me. No deal. I tried talking my husband into driving me over there. No deal. Since I don’t like to go anywhere by myself I resorted to the chocolates I was hiding in my purse. It was a pretty good breakfast but I was still thinking of Krispy Kremes.
A few weeks ago we went to a Boise State football game. We stopped to get gas before leaving town. Thank goodness the gas station was also a satellite store for Krispy Kremes. I had been craving these doughnuts for 3 long months and I wasn’t about to let them get away this time. So I told Justin, I will get doughnuts, you get gas. Much to my disappointment I learned that all of the good doughnuts are long gone before noon. We were stuck with the last few glazed doughnuts. So I got my doughnuts, just not the kind I wanted.
I had no idea that they sell Cougar Tales, foot-long maple bars, at BYU football games. (Yes it was an embarrassing game. No more about that. We are talking about doughnuts here.) Once again, I couldn’t help myself and ate almost the entire thing! I don’t know why I keep doing things like that. Trust me, it’s wrong to eat a food-long maple bar and a glazed doughnut within a twelve-hour period!
After we found our seats I had to get up and wander around before the game started. I think I drive Justin crazy like that. Remember I don’t like to go anywhere by myself so I dragged him up and down the stairs and all around the stadium. It’s not my fault…I just can’t sit still. It was worth it this time because we found Buster and I got my picture with him!
On to the doughnuts. Even after I got home I was still thinking about Maple Bars, so I decided to incorporate baking them and pumpkin. It turned out to be a successful experiment!
Dissolve yeast and 1 T sugar in warm water. Let it get bubbly, it takes about 5 minutes. Add beaten egg, pumpkin, brown sugar, and butter. Stir all of that together.
Measure 4 cups flour and salt in a sifter, or separate bowl. Using dough hooks start mixing the dough together. Gradually add more flour until the dough begins to pull away from the mixing bowl. I added another cup, making 5 cups of flour total.
Cover and let rise until doubled, about an hour.
Once the dough has risen roll it out on a floured surface. I used a piece of canvas that my mother-in-law gave to me. It works like a charm. It’s the simple things in life!
Mine was about 14″ x 10″. If you want to be fancy you can trim the edges off so it’s a perfect rectangle. The rounded edges taste fine to me so I left them. Besides, I was after a rustic look!
Cut the bars into 2″ x 5″ pieces.
Transfer the cut bars to a greased baking sheet. I know this isn’t a baking sheet. I was trying something but the baking sheet worked better. So I would go with that.
Let rise for about 30 minutes.
Bake at 375 degrees for about 15-20 minutes.
Make a maple glaze by adding powdered sugar, salt, evaporated milk, and maple extract to a mixing bowl. Stir. Add powdered sugar to thicken or milk to thin until desired consistency is reached.
Frost the cooled bars with maple icing!
These maple bars really were so yummy. I tried to convince myself not to have one until my family came home that night. I had one little bite, just to make sure it was good. And that was the end of that maple bar!
Baked Pumpkin Maple Bars
- Pumpkin Bars:
- 1/4 c. warm water
- 1 T. sugar
- 1 T. yeast
- 1/2 c. brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup butter softened
- 1 1/2 c. pumpkin puree
- 5 c. flour
- 1 tsp. salt
- Maple Icing:
- 3 c. powdered sugar
- dash salt
- 1 tsp. maple extract
- evaporated milk about 3-4 T.
- Add water, yeast and 1 Tablespoon of sugar to a large mixing bowl.Let sit until bubbly, about 5 minutes.
- Add pumpkin, butter, brown sugar and eggs to the yeast mixture. Gently stir.
- Measure 4 cups of flour and salt in a sifter or separate bowl. Sift, or pour, into wet ingredients. Use electric mixer and dough hooks to mix together. Gradually add more flour as needed. You want the dough to begin to pull away from the bowl. I ended up using about 5 cups of flour total. Let mixer kneed dough for 5 minutes.
- Cover and let dough rise until doubled, about an hour.
- Roll dough out into a 14″ x 10″ rectangle. Cut bars into 2″ x 5″ pieces.
- Transfer bars to a greased baking sheet. Let rise about 20-30 minutes.
- Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes.
- Cool and frost with Maple Icing.
- MAPLE ICING:
- Mix powdered sugar, salt, maple extract and a little bit of evaporated milk together. I always start with just a little milk and gradually add more until I reach desired spreading consistency.