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Frosted maple bars on a baking rack.
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Homemade Maple Bars

Homemade maple bars are a delicious homemade donut topped with a maple frosting. 
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Rise Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 50 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 18 Bars
Calories: 251kcal
Author: Kathy

Ingredients

Maple Bars

  • 1 cup whole milk warmed to 110 degrees
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons active dry yeast 1 packet
  • ½ cup mashed potatoes cooked and cooled, see notes
  • ¼ cup butter melted and cooled
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 ½ cups flour
  • Oil for frying Canola or Vegetable

Maple Frosting

Chocolate Frosting (optional)

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons milk

Instructions

Dough

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer with a dough hook on mixer, add warm milk, granulated sugar and yeast. Mix to combine and let rest for 5 minutes until yeast is active and mixture is bubbly.
    1 cup whole milk, ½ cup granulated sugar, 2 ¼ teaspoons active dry yeast
  • Stir in mashed potatoes, melted butter, salt eggs and 2 cups of flour.
    ½ cup mashed potatoes, ¼ cup butter, ½ teaspoon salt, 2 eggs, 4 ½ cups flour
  • Add remaining flour ½ cup at a time. Continue adding and mixing flour until dough forms in to a ball and dough is soft and just slightly sticky. You may not use all the flour.
    4 ½ cups flour
  • Knead for 10 minutes.
  • Remove dough from mixing bowl and place in a large greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit until dough doubles in size (1 ½- 2 hours)
  • Gently deflate dough and divide dough in half.
  • Roll one half of dough into an 8 x 12" rectangle. Cut into 6 x 2" pieces using a pizza cutter or a large sharp knife.
  • Place each rectangle on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Leave space between each piece so they have room to rise.
  • Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let rise for 30 - 45 minutes.

Frying Maple Bars

  • Heat at least 2 inches of oil in a large pot to 370 degrees.
    Oil for frying
  • Carefully lift a maple bar off the parchment paper and lower into preheated oil. Add 2-3 bars at a time. (Do not overcrowd pot)
  • Cook for 1-2 minutes per side until golden brown.
  • Gently lift each bar with tongs from oil, allowing excess oil to drip from bars. Place hot bars on a baking sheet lined with paper towels. Do not overlap hot bars. Repeat with remaining bars. Make certain oil maintains temperature between 360 - 370 degrees.

Maple Frosting

  • Combine powdered sugar, maple extract and milk in a bowl. Mix to combine.
    2 cups powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons milk, 1 teaspon maple extract
  • When bars are completely cooled, spread a layer of frosting on top of each bar. Let bars set until frosting has hardened (30 minutes)

Notes

For Mashed Potatoes - Peel and quarter one small russet potato. Place potato in a pot of water and boil until soft. Drain water and mash potato with a fork or potato masher. Allow potato to cool before adding to dough.

Tips for making maple bars

  • Use about 2 inches of oil in your pot. Amount will vary, depending on size of your pot.
  • Use a thermometer to make certain your oil maintains a proper temperature
  • Do not overcrowd pan when cooking. I only cooked 2-3 bars at a time
  • Place cooked bars on paper towels to help absorb any excess oil
  • Don't pile cooked bars on top of each other until bars are fully cooled
  • Allow bars to fully cool before adding frosting
  • Store excess bars in an airtight container

Variations

  • Use chocolate frosting instead of maple frosting
  • Add chopped, cooked bacon on top of maple frosting
  • Sprinkle with powdered sugar instead of adding frosting
Nutritional value considers 2 Tablespoons of retained oil in cooking the entire batch of maple bars and has been calculated using maple frosting.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Bar | Calories: 251kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 104mg | Potassium: 94mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 131IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 2mg