Sourdough Doughnuts Recipe | (2024)

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This recipe calls for sourdough starter, so if you're into breadmaking this is the recipe for you. If not, maybe it's time to give it a shot. There's no substitute for the starter in this recipe, just like there's no substitute for hot, fresh doughnuts.

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2-5 hrs

10 reviews


2 cups sourdough starter
1 cup lukewarm milk
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, divided, plus more as needed


2 cups sourdough starter 1 cup lukewarm milk 1 1/2 cup flour 2 eggs 1/4 cup oil 1/4 cup sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon soda 1 1/2 cup flour, divided, plus extra as needed

Combine the sourdough starter, milk, and 1 1/2 cups flour in a bowl and mix until smooth.

Add the eggs and oil and beat well until completely combined.

In a small bowl, mix together the sugar, salt, baking soda, and 1/2 cup flour. Mix well then work into the dough.

Spread 1 cup of flour on a work surface. Place the dough on the flour and knead the dough until the dough is soft and most of the flour has been worked into it. Grease a bowl, place the dough in the bowl, cover with waxed paper and let rise in a warm, draft free place until doubled in size.

Add the remaining 1/2 cup of flour on a work surface. Roll the dough out on the floured surface until it is 1/2-inch thick. Cut with donut cutters.

Place the dough on a floured baking sheet and let rise, uncovered, until doubled in size.

Heat oil to 365 degrees F in a deep fryer or deep, heavy skillet. When hot, add the donuts in batches and fry until golden brown. Remove from the oil and let drain on paper toweling. Store the donuts in an airtight container.

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  1. Sourdouglas REVIEW:
    September 15, 2020

    Wow these were unbelievably easy to make and absolutely delicious. I did end up adding a lot of extra flour but that’s not surprising for a sourdough recipe. Also, I didn’t even take the full time let them double since I’m impatient but they still turned out amazing!! I will definitely use this recipe again. Thanks CDKitchen!

  2. Anne Carroll August 4, 2020

    I'm in the middle of making these yummy looking donuts. I'm afraid I'll be disappointed because it just isn't rising. I found this recipe under "sourdough discard recipes", but I'm starting to wonder if it shouldn't have been active starter???

    • CDKitchen Staff Reply:

      I have no idea what you're referencing in regards to "sourdough discard recipes" but yes, this recipe needs active sourdough starter.

    May 8, 2020

    The recipe produced amazing donuts, but I had to add about 2 cups more flour than suggested because the dough was so liquid. I have a mature starter that is nicely foamy. I kept adding flour 1/4 cup at a time to my stand mixer until the moment it began to pull away from the side--and no more. As soon as I could physically pick it up out of the bowl as a wet wet wet dough, i stopped adding flour. i then oiled a bowl and let it rise for 2 hours. When I pulled out after the rise, it was more solid, and I only ended up adding about 1/4 of a cup during the second kneading. I shaped them as I would a bagel instead of cutting them out because I didn't have a good circle cutter handy. Anyway, they were gobbled down . I'll make this recipe again with my modifications.

  4. Bishop J REVIEW:
    August 24, 2018

    Those of you that are having trouble and adding flour are probably not working the dough enough. Sourdough is a wet sticky dough. Kneading, folding, slamming and rolling repeatedly will work the gluten and will tighten the dough up and it won't be as sticky. You will know when it's leaded enough when you stretch it , window pane effect, and it doesn't tear but becomes translucent . Then it's ready .

  5. Doris Jean REVIEW:
    April 1, 2017

    I modified this with my Mom's recipe (It includes mashed potatoes and butter) They came out delicious. We ate them as fast as we could fry them. Thanks for the idea!

  6. furelise REVIEW:
    March 1, 2015

    Excellent recipe! I do not use all purpose flour. We use whole grain spelt and my sourdough starter is made using spelt. Yes, it does take more flour but it is well worth it.

  7. Guest Foodie August 27, 2014

    It would have been nice to include a recipe for the starter for those of us that don't have one. ??

    • CDKitchen Staff Reply:

      There are several recipes for sourdough starter on this site. Just type in sourdough starter in the recipe search box at the top of the page.

  8. Guest Foodie REVIEW:
    March 3, 2014

    I tried to give this recipe one star, but it would only let me give 5 stars. This recipe had too many steps, took too long, and resulted in biscuits with holes. As others said, there isn't enough flour in the recipe (or maybe it requires some kind of special donut technology to handle). A disappointing, overwrought waste of time and sourdough starter.

  9. Karen Morris REVIEW:
    January 9, 2014

    I had to add a lot of extra flour, probably because I had a wet starter. These doughnuts turned out excellent, however. I ended up forming them into twists rather than cutting them out in doughnut shapes. I think next time I'll try to use this as a beignet recipe, using half and half instead of milk, and cutting the dough into squares prior to the last rising. Thank you!!

  10. KMorris January 5, 2014

    I'm preparing the recipe now. I had to add a lot of extra flour during the kneading process because the dough was too wet to knead. I'm hoping my doughnuts won't turn out too heavy as a consequence. However, my sourdough starter is new, and it might have been a bit too moist. I'm planning to roll and cut out the doughnut dough this evening, allow it to rise overnight and then fry the doughnuts early in the morning.

  11. CC REVIEW:
    April 7, 2012

    Holy deliciousness! This is going to be my go to recipe for when I have a brunch and/or guests staying with us. This recipe really isn't that difficult, you just need to allow for the time which will vary from geographical areas due to the humidity etc. However, I have to say that the batter-like consistency was a little intimidating at first, but once you added the last of the flour before cutting and letting them rise for the last time, I knew that these would be worth all the time and effort I put into it! We dyed Easter eggs and made cookies waiting for the dough to make its first rise. I set them out overnight for the last rise after shaping them and they turned out FABULOUS! You will absolutely not regret trying this recipe. And a good chocolate glaze never hurts! YUM! Bon Apetit!

  12. r1cash REVIEW:
    February 5, 2012

    I used this recipe, my starter is mature and fed before I started. My starter was foamy and about as thick as thick pancake batter, kinda hard to measure because it was so thick. I made a big batch after the first raise " I allowed two hours for the first raise" I split the dough in half, then made doughnuts and cinnamon rolls. "on the second raise I allowed two hours" now they were not the tallest desert on the table, but they were the first to go.The flavor the tender flakey texture of the Roll and the doughnut were perfect. The fermentation of the dough was perfect leaving an empty plate. do not be afraid to cook until golden brown. This is now my secret weapon when my family wants something special. Like always a good active starter is your best friend. I am making these again soon

  13. ladylavenderblue REVIEW:
    October 15, 2009

    I tried this recipe using a sourdough starter I had made that had been fermenting for 7 days. I wasn't sure how the sourdough was going to turn out in this recipe because it had a pancake like batter as compared to other recipes that said the sourdough should be foamy and bubbly which I did not have. It turned out really good. The inside of the dough resembled a flaky, airy texture. I had tried two other sourdough doughnut recipes that was a little bit too heavy.


Sourdough Doughnuts Recipe | (2024)


What is the difference between sourdough donuts and regular donuts? ›

Sourdough donuts taste extra tangy thanks to a sourdough starter, a leavener that requires a bit of extra care but rewards you with a soft and airy dough. Balance the starter's flavorful boost with a thin veil of buttery vanilla glaze.

What are sourdough donuts made of? ›

These donuts are made with a traditional egg, milk, butter and flour mixture. The only difference is that they are leavened using a sourdough starter rather than commercial yeast. Sourdough donuts are not cakey like other baked donuts because they still have yeast - it's just a naturally occurring yeast.

How do you store sourdough donuts? ›

How do you store sourdough donuts? If somehow you have a few leftover, you can store them in an airtight container (or bag), or wrap them in a napkin and place in a paper bag – fold over the top. I like to add a napkin to help absorb any extra oil and keep them fresh longer.

Can you over mix donut dough? ›

Don't overmix: Overmixing the dough will make the donuts tough. Let the dough rise: Letting the dough rise will help it to develop flavor and become light and airy.

Is Dunkin donuts sourdough real sourdough? ›

What makes Dunkin's Sourdough bread so special? Dunkin's Sourdough Bread is one of the only mass-produced sourdoughs that uses a “true” sourdough starter. Many other companies that make sourdough bread on a large-scale use either a powdered substance as a base or use sourdough flavoring to flavor their bread.

Are doughnuts better fried or baked? ›

While many prefer the light and crispy texture of a fried donut, leaving the deep fryer in the cabinet and baking your cake donuts instead makes for healthier, less oily donuts. It's also safer and easier to clean up, given that you don't have to deal with lots of hot oil.

What is special about sourdough? ›

Sourdough relies on a mix of wild yeast and lactic acid bacteria, rather than baker's yeast, to leaven the dough. It's richer in nutrients, less likely to spike your blood sugar, contains lower amounts of gluten, and is generally easier to digest than bread made with baker's yeast.

Why is sourdough the healthiest? ›

Sourdough bread may be easier to digest than white bread for some people. According to some studies, sourdough bread acts as a prebiotic, which means that the fiber in the bread helps feed the “good” bacteria in your intestines. These bacteria are important for maintaining a stable, healthy digestive system.

What ingredients are in real sourdough? ›

Sourdough bread is made from flour, water and salt fermented using lactic acid bacteria and wild yeast. Sourdough bread is known in almost every country around the world.

Why should you not refrigerate sourdough bread? ›

To maximize the shelf life, keep in original packaging or linen based bread bag and store at room temperature. How long does sourdough bread last in the fridge? Sourdough bread should ideally not be refrigerated, as the bread will dry out and become stale faster than at room temperature.

Why does sourdough need to be refrigerated? ›

Proofing in the fridge works because it allows the yeast to become dormant, stopping the dough from rising too much and over proofing. The bacteria in your sourdough starter are still active at lower temperatures. They will continue to break down the sugars in the dough while the dough rests.

Can you store sourdough in a Mason jar? ›

Any non-reactive container can hold sourdough starter. We have heard of bakers keeping sourdough in ziplock bags and plastic to-go containers. Mason jars and old sauerkraut jars are popular favorites. Crocks are very traditional.

What happens if you let donut dough rise too long? ›

If the bench time is too long, volume could be lost in the proofing process; the donuts will shrink during frying; the texture will be coarse; and the flavor will not be up to your standards. Always let the dough rise on the bench for approximately 45 minutes before proofing.

What makes doughnut soft and fluffy? ›

To make light and fluffy donuts, make sure that your dough is properly risen by allowing it to rest in a warm place until it doubles in size. Also, avoid overmixing the dough as it can lead to a denser texture. Handling the dough gently and not overworking it will help maintain the desired fluffiness.

Can I leave doughnut dough to rise overnight? ›

MAKE AHEAD: The dough needs to rise twice; the first time, for 6 to 15 hours (preferably overnight), then for 1 to 2 hours after it has been rolled and cut. The glazed doughnuts are best eaten the same day they are made, but they do hold up for a day stored, uncovered, at room temperature.

Are sourdough donuts better? ›

They are light and airy, not overly sweet and you can decorate them any way you would like - so go nuts! Plus, these are easier to make than you may think, as with most things sourdough there is a lot of waiting, but the results are most definitely worth it.

What's the difference between sourdough and normal? ›

Sourdough relies on a mix of wild yeast and lactic acid bacteria, rather than baker's yeast, to leaven the dough. It's richer in nutrients, less likely to spike your blood sugar, contains lower amounts of gluten, and is generally easier to digest than bread made with baker's yeast.

What is the difference between the two types of doughnuts? ›

The Obvious Difference

Yeast doughnuts, as the name clearly spells out, are made from dough leavened with yeast (think brioche), whereas cake doughnuts are traditionally made from a kind of cake batter that uses a chemical leavener (i.e. baking powder or baking soda).

Is sourdough better than regular dough? ›

Sourdough is a healthier alternative to regular white or whole wheat bread. Although it has comparable nutrients, the lower phytate levels mean it is more digestible and nutritious. The prebiotics also help to keep your gut bacteria happy, and it may be less likely to spike blood sugar levels.

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