Bacon-Loaded Apple Maple Coffeecake
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- 1/2 c
- plus 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 pkg
- package active dry yeast (2 1/2 teaspoons)
- 1/3 c
- sugar, divided
- eggs, divided
- 10 Tbsp
- butter (1 1/4 sticks), at room temperature, cut into 1/2 -inch pieces
- 3 1/2 c
- bread flour, divided
- 1/2 tsp
- table salt
- 1 1/2 lb
- thick-cut bacon, preferably applewood-smoked, sliced crosswise into 1/4 -inch pieces
- large tart apples, such as granny smith (about 1 pound)
- 3/4 tsp
- 1/4 c
- real maple syrup, divided
- 2 Tbsp
- pure vanilla extract
- 2 Tbsp
- cream cheese
- 1/4 c
- plus 1 tablespoon powdered sugar, sifted
1In a small pan, heat the milk over medium heat just until warmed. Remove from heat and pour the milk into a small bowl or measuring cup. Stir in the yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar, and then set aside until the yeast is activated and the milk is foamy, about 10 minutes.
2Whisk two of the eggs in the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment (or in a large bowl with a hand mixer) until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Stir in the yeast mixture and remaining sugar until fully incorporated.
3With the mixer running, add the butter, one or two pieces at a time, until all of it has been incorporated.
4In a medium bowl, whisk together 3 cups of the bread flour and the salt. With the mixer running, add the flour mixture, a spoonful at a time, until all of it has been incorporated into the dough.
5Remove the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead until it is soft and elastic with a silky texture, 5 to 7 minutes (or you can use a dough hook on an electric stand mixer instead to do the kneading). Knead in additional bread flour as needed, up to the remaining one-half cup. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl and loosely cover with plastic wrap. Set aside in a warm place until doubled in size, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
6While the dough is rising, cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until the fat is rendered and the bacon is crisp, about 15 minutes. Stir frequently so the bacon cooks evenly and does not stick to the bottom of the pan. Remove from the heat and drain the bacon on a paper towel-lined plate.
7Peel and core the apples, and slice each into eight pieces. Cut each slice crosswise into one-eighth-inch pieces.
8In a large non-stick skillet, add the apple slices and cinnamon and cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in 2 tablespoons 100% pure maple syrup and continue to cook, stirring frequently, until crisp-tender, another 2 minutes. Remove the pan from heat and stir in the vanilla extract and set aside to cool.
9When the dough is doubled, punch it down and roll it out on a lightly floured surface into a 12-by-18-inch rectangle. Spread the apples and bacon bits evenly over the dough. Roll the dough lengthwise into a tube (like a cinnamon roll); making sure the seam is on the bottom of the roll. Make 15 slits over the length of the roll, a little over 1 inch apart and three-fourths of the way through. Carefully transfer the dough to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Form the dough into the shape of a wreath, with the cut sides on the outside of the wreath. Loosely cover with plastic wrap and set aside until almost doubled in volume, 45 minutes to an hour. Alternatively, loosely cover and refrigerate the dough overnight; remove from the refrigerator about 1 hour before baking for the dough to come to room temperature.
10Heat the oven to 375 degrees. In a small bowl, whisk together 1 tablespoon 100% maple syrup with the remaining egg. Brush the maple egg wash over the outside of the wreath and place the pan in the oven.
11Bake the coffee cake until golden brown on top and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Rotate the pan halfway through baking for even coloring.
12While the coffee cake is baking, make the glaze. In a medium bowl, whisk together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and the 100% pure maple syrup.
13Remove the cake and allow the cake to cool slightly.
14Drizzle the glaze over the warm coffee cake. Slice and serve. The coffee cake will keep for up to two days, refrigerated. Cover and bring to room temperature before serving.