Cinnamon Sugar Sourdough Donut Holes Recipe (2024)

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When I first discovered that you could use sourdough to make things other than bread I was seriously surprised! Since then I have made several things with sourdough including muffins and tortillas. Sourdough donut holes are definitely my favorite though. Nothing beats a warm sugary donut.

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These sourdough donut holes are easy to make. They do need some active sourdough starter to get them to rise. If you do not have time to make a starter from scratchand do not have a starter currently on the go, you can replace the starter in the recipe with 1 teaspoon of normal dried bread yeast that has been soaked for 5 minutes in the warm milk.

You can make the mixture in to traditional donut shapes if you prefer by rolling the donut dough in to long sausages then pinching the ends together before sitting them to rise. I prefer making donut holes however as you just roll them in a small ball so it is less fiddly and just as yummy.

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Sourdough Donut Recipe

Dough Ingredients

  • 2 c. High Grade White Flour
  • 1/2 c. Milk
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/4 c. White Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1/2 c. Active Sourdough Starter ***

Topping Ingredients

  • 1/2 c. Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon

Plus, oil or fat for frying.

*** Active sourdough starter is one that has been fed within the last 12 hours and has visible bubbles within its structure. If you’re not sure, this video shows you how to tell if your sourdough starter is alive and well.

Instructions

In a small pot warm the milk so that it is warm but not hot.

In a large bowl place the flour, sugar, salt, egg, milk and sourdough starter.Mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon until it is well combined. It should form a soft but knead able dough.Tip out on to a floured board and knead for 3-5 minutes.

Split the dough in to 24 even pieces. This is easily done by cutting it in half, then each half in half again. Then each of those halves split in to 6 pieces.Roll the pieces in to balls and place them on a lined cookie sheet with about 1/2 an inch between them.

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Place these somewhere warm to rise. If you do not have anywhere suitable in your house you can set your oven on very low until it is about 100ºF. Place a dish with 1/2 inch of boiling water in the bottom of the oven to create steam, turn your oven off, place the donut holes on the tray in the oven and close the door. Bread rises really well in a warm and steamy environment.

Leave the donuts to rise for about one hour. You can leave them for up to 6 hours to rise if you have other things to be doing. They will rise a lot further when they cook, so they don’t have to have risen too much before cooking.While they are rising place the second measure of sugar and the cinnamon in a bowl ready for dusting the sourdough donut holes with.

Heat some oil in either a deep fryer or on the stove top to about 330ºF. Keep a close eye on the oil as it is flammable and keep children out of the kitchen while you are using it.

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Place the donuts in the oil a few at a time. They will sink at first, but will rise to the top as they are cooking. Flip them over with some tongs or a slotted spoon when the bottom goes a rich golden color.

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It takes about 3 minutes on each side.Once they are cooked drain them for 30 seconds and then pop them in the bowl of cinnamon sugar and roll them around.After coating place them in a bowl.

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Cinnamon Sugar Sourdough Donuts

Easy cinnamon sugary donuts with sourdough that will melt in your mouth. Can be made as traditional donuts or as donut holes.

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Prep Time:15 minutes mins

Cook Time:30 minutes mins

Total Time:1 hour hr 45 minutes mins

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Ingredients

Dough

  • 2 c. White Flour
  • ½ c. Milk
  • ½ c. Active Sourdough Starter
  • ¼ c. White Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tsp. of salt

Topping

Cooking

  • Oil or Fat

Instructions

  • In a small pot warm the milk so that it is warm but not hot.

  • In a large bowl place the flour, sugar, salt, egg, milk and sourdough starter.

  • Mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon until it is well combined. It should form a soft but knead able dough.

  • Tip out on to a floured board and knead for 3-5 minutes.

  • Split the dough in to 24 even pieces. This is easily done by cutting it in half, then each half in half again. Then each of those halves split in to 6 pieces.

  • Roll the pieces in to balls and place them on a lined cookie sheet with about 1/2 an inch between them.

  • Place these somewhere warm to rise. If you do not have anywhere suitable in your house you can set your oven on very low until it is about 100F. Place a dish with 1/2 inch of boiling water in the bottom of the oven to create steam, turn your oven off, place the donut holes on the tray in the oven and close the door. Bread rises really well in a warm and steamy environment.

  • Leave the donuts to rise for about one hour. You can leave them for up to 6 hours to rise if you have other things to be doing. They will rise a lot further when they cook, so they don’t have to have risen too much before cooking.

  • While they are rising place the second measure of sugar and the cinnamon in a bowl ready for dusting the donut holes with.

  • Heat some oil in either a deep fryer or on the stove top to about 330F. Keep a close eye on the oil as it is flammable and keep children out of the kitchen while you are using it.

  • Place the donuts in the oil a few at a time. They will sink at first, but will rise to the top as they are cooking. Flip them over with some tongs or a slotted spoon when the bottom goes a rich golden color. It takes about 3 minutes on each side.

  • Once they are cooked drain them for 30 seconds and then pop them in the bowl of cinnamon sugar and roll them around.

Notes

They will keep in a sealed container for up to a week, but they are best eaten within 2-3 days. You can reheat them in a warm oven for 10 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 103kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Trans Fat: 0.001g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 180mg | Potassium: 32mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 18IU | Vitamin C: 0.004mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg

Course: Breakfast, Dessert

Cuisine: American

Diet: Low Salt, Vegetarian

Keyword: Cinnamon, Sourdough

Servings: 24 donuts

Calories: 103kcal

Author: Jessica Knowles

Enjoy!

I love them warm with caramel sauce and ice cream. You can also enjoy them with homemade hot cocoa or some Harry Potter inspired butterbeer.

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They will keep in a sealed container for up to a week, but they are best eaten within 2-3 days. You can reheat your sourdough donuts in a warm oven for 10 minutes.

If you’re looking for more sourdough recipes, check out our Ultimate Sourdough Recipe Roundup.

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Jessica Knowles

Owner, Writer at The 104 Homesteader

A gifted writer and long-time Maine homesteader, Jessica is here to share her knowledge and expertise. Jessica can help you homestead successfully on your piece of land. You can rely on her advice and tips since she has been engaged in small-scale farming and self-sufficiency for over a decade. In her downtime, Jessica loves to take her boys on hikes or spend time with her quail coveys, named after the four Hogwarts Houses. She also loves caring for her goats and garden. Jessica will show you how it's done so you can thrive on your homestead.

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