Originally Published 04/02/2022
These Old Fashioned Sourdough Donuts are extremely quick and easy to whip up, and a great place to donate some of your discard too!
April 1st is not only April Fool’s Day but also National Sourdough Day.
Which, in my opinion, is 1000x better than April Fools.
I’ve been wanting to make a sourdough discard donut for some time now. Yesterday ended up being the perfect reason.
It only takes about 15 minutes to make the donut batter and 10 to bake, so in less than 30 minutes you’ll be enjoying one of these warm beauties with a cup of coffee!
Let’s get to it –
My donut pan only makes six, and I didn’t feel like waiting around for two batches to bake. However, this recipe for Old Fashioned Sourdough Donuts could easily be doubled if you need a dozen!
Start by preheating the oven to 350° and lightly grease your donut pan.
I like to mix my dry ingredients together first to make sure the spices and baking powder are evenly distributed.
The sourdough discard isn’t helping raise the donuts at all, it’s just lending its acidity and flavor! It is the baking powder and eggs that will create the springy texture of these sourdough donuts!
add the 1/3 cup sugar, egg, and tbsp of butter to your mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Begin by whipping all of that together until it turns a pale yellow and becomes fluffier. This will also help the donuts to rise better!
Next, add in the 1/4 cup of sourdough discard, 2 tbsp of sour cream, 1/2 tsp of vanilla, and 1/4 tsp salt.
The sourdough discard I used had been sitting out for about a day. It was pretty sour and had the consistency of a pourable pancake batter.
If your sourdough discard is thicker, the batter for your sourdough donuts may turn out thicker as well.
Once all of those ingredients have been thoroughly mixed in, pour in the dry and watch as the batter for the sourdough donuts quickly comes easily together!
If you don’t want to do that extra step, you can 100% glop it in there and smooth it around.
As long as the tins are pretty evenly filled you’ll be good to go!
Secret time – remember how I said earlier I was feeling lazy and didn’t want to wait for two batches to bake?
I filled these donut tins too full lol. You can see in the pictures the sourdough donuts have a love handle around them. While they were baking they rose up nice and high and looked more like muffins than donuts.
Once they were cool enough to handle, I simply used a small pairing knife and cut out the donut hole. Problem solved.
Aesthetics really – I think they’re cute and they taste amazing!
If that bothers you though and you’ve got time, fill the donut molds only halfway full.
It will take more time, but you’ll have a better-shaped donut and more of them ☺️.
at 350° for 8-10 minutes.
Because I filled the donut molds so full, mine took the full 10 minutes. They should be risen, golden brown, and not have any wet shiny spots anywhere when they’re done. Remove them from the oven and let them cool slightly in the donut tin.
Once these sourdough donuts are cool enough to handle, brush the tops of them with some melted butter, and then roll them around in a bowl of cinnamon and sugar! I just think they’re so cute! I love how the texture of the cinnamon and sugar photographs.
I also love how it crunches when you get a bite!
Told ya these were quick and easy!
All that’s left to do is make that cup of coffee that pairs so perfectly with them and getcha a bite!
I know sourdough discard can seem so wasteful, but it doesn’t have to be!
There is always a great recipe out there, like this one, where it can go from discard to delicious!
Let me know if you try this recipe out. I’d love to read any comments below about what you thought!?
As always, thanks for reading!!❤️❤️❤️