Sourdough Discard Donuts

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Transform leftover sourdough discard into delicious donuts! This easy recipe uses simple ingredients for fluffy, flavorful donuts.

Super Sourdough Discard Donuts

Ever wondered what to do with that leftover sourdough discard? Here’s a sweet solution: sourdough discard donuts. These donuts are light, fluffy, and have a unique tangy flavor thanks to the sourdough. Plus, it’s a fantastic way to reduce waste and enjoy a delicious treat.

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To make these delicious donuts, you’ll need:

  • 1 cup sourdough discard
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup milk, warmed
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp instant yeast
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 large egg
  • Oil for frying

For the glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Step-by-Step Guide to Making Sourdough Discard Donuts

Sourdough Discard Donuts

Preparing the Dough:

  1. In a large bowl, combine the warm milk and yeast then let it sit for 5 minutes until frothy.
  2. Add the sourdough discard, sugar, melted butter, and egg. Mix until well combined.
  3. Gradually add the flour and salt, mixing until a dough forms.
  4. Then Knead your dough on a floured surface for about 10 minutes until it’s smooth and elastic. Alternatively, use a stand mixer with a dough hook attachment.

Proofing the Dough:

  1. In a greased bowl place the dough, cover it with a damp cloth, and let it rise in a warm place for 1 to 2 hours until it has doubled in size.

Shaping the Donuts:

  1. When the dough has risen, punch it down to release the air.
  2. Roll out the dough on a floured surface to about 1/2 inch thick.
  3. Use a donut cutter or two round cutters of different sizes to cut out the donuts and the donut holes.

Frying Instructions:

  1. Heat oil in a deep fryer or a large pot to 350°F (175°C).
  2. In hot oil, carefully drop a few donuts at a time the fry for 1 to 2 minutes on each side until golden brown.
  3. Then remove the donuts with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.

Baking Option for a Healthier Alternative:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, place the shaped donuts.
  3. Bake for about 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.

Making the Glaze and Toppings:

  1. Mix the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract in a small bowl until smooth.
  2. Dip the warm donuts into the glaze, allowing the excess to drip off.
  3. On a wire rack, place the glazed donuts to set.

Tips and Tricks for Perfect Donuts

  • Ensure your dough is the right consistency: not too sticky and not too dry.
  • For an extra fluffy donut, make sure the dough rises properly.
  • When frying, don’t overcrowd the pan to ensure even cooking.

FAQs

Can I bake the donuts instead of frying?

Yes, you can bake the donuts at 375°F for about 10-12 minutes until golden brown.

What can I use if I don’t have sourdough discard?

You can substitute the sourdough discard with an equal amount of flour and water. Adjust the yeast as needed.

How long do the donuts stay fresh?

The donuts stay fresh for up to 2 days at room temperature when stored properly.

Can I make these donuts vegan?

Absolutely! Use plant-based milk, vegan butter, and a flax egg to make this recipe vegan-friendly.

What other glazes can I use?

Get creative! Try chocolate glaze, maple glaze, or a simple cinnamon-sugar coating.

Yield: 12

Sourdough Discard Donuts

Sourdough Discard Donuts

Transform leftover sourdough discard into delicious donuts! This easy recipe uses simple ingredients for fluffy, flavorful donuts.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Rising Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sourdough discard
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup milk, warmed
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp instant yeast
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 large egg
  • Oil for frying

For the glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

Preparing the Dough:

  1. In a large bowl, combine the warm milk and yeast then let it sit for 5 minutes until frothy.
  2. Add the sourdough discard, sugar, melted butter, and egg. Mix until well combined.
  3. Gradually add the flour and salt, mixing until a dough forms.
  4. Then Knead your dough on a floured surface for about 10 minutes until it’s smooth and elastic. Alternatively, use a stand mixer with a dough hook attachment.

Proofing the Dough:

  1. In a greased bowl place the dough, cover it with a damp cloth, and let it rise in a warm place for 1 to 2 hours until it has doubled in size.

Shaping the Donuts:

  1. When the dough has risen, punch it down to release the air.
  2. Roll out the dough on a floured surface to about 1/2 inch thick.
  3. Use a donut cutter or two round cutters of different sizes to cut out the donuts and the donut holes.

Frying Instructions:

  1. Heat oil in a deep fryer or a large pot to 350°F (175°C).
  2. In hot oil, carefully drop a few donuts at a time the fry for 1 to 2 minutes on each side until golden brown.
  3. Then remove the donuts with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.

Baking Option for a Healthier Alternative:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, place the shaped donuts.
  3. Bake for about 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.

Making the Glaze and Toppings:

  1. Mix the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract in a small bowl until smooth.
  2. Dip the warm donuts into the glaze, allowing the excess to drip off.
  3. On a wire rack, place the glazed donuts to set.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 199Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 134mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 1gSugar: 14gProtein: 4g

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