Preheat oven to 375°
Press and drain the tofu, pouring off liquid as necessary. This will take about 10 minutes using a tofu press. If pressing between plates with weights, it might take up to one hour. (This is for the quick and easy method. See notes below for the freezing instructions.)
While the oven is preheating and the tofu is pressing/draining, stir together all other ingredients (EXCEPT FOR THE MAPLE SYRUP) into a medium-sized bowl. You will be saving the maple syrup to brush on the last five minutes of cooking.
When the tofu is pressed and drained, hand crumble into small pieces directly into the mixing bowl with the other ingredients. Toss together and stir to evenly coat.
Turn onto a silicone baking sheet - or a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Spread evenly and put it in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes, checking at intervals. (See next instruction. Also, see note below about the freeze method as it will affect the cooking time.)
After putting the tofu in the oven, set the timer for 15 minutes. Open the oven after the first 15 minutes and turn and stir the tofu, moving the dryer tofu from the outer edges to the center and the moister tofu in the center, out to the edges. Put back into the oven and check again in 15 more minutes.
Take out of the oven again and turn and stir again, moving the dry tofu to the center. Before putting back into the oven, brush with the maple syrup. (See next instruction).
(Now is when you get to make a personal choice of how sweet you want to make your bacon bits. I like mine sweet so I use the whole two tablespoons of (pure) maple syrup. If you do not like sweet bacon then use less maple syrup. I really can't tell you...)With a pastry brush, cover the baked and stirred tofu crumbles with the maple syrup, a bit at a time so that it absorbs into the tofu. Put back in the oven for 5-10 minutes.
You will know when your tofu is done because it will be nicely browned - but not burned. I check after 5 minutes and if I don't think it is finished, I put back in the oven for up to 5 more minutes, checking every two minutes. Allow setting till slightly cooled for the full flavor to develop.
You can keep these tofu bacon bits tightly in the fridge for up to a week - but I've never managed to keep them around that long!