The softest sourdough doughnuts with strawberry and apple pie cream – upgraded version

Published Categorized as Sourdough Bread Recipes

Remember this sourdough doughnut recipe from exactly two years ago? This has been the most popular recipe on the blog, which kind of makes me think that nothing can’t stop us from eating a delicious doughnut.

I learned a lot about dough since then and today is the official start of the carnival season, so called Fat Thursday – so, can there be a better way to celebrate this but with super soft sourdough doughnuts recipe?
The difference to the previous recipe is that I mix in the butter in the second step of dough making and that I also leave the dough to cool down and ferment in the fridge which also helps to bring out some flavour. The additon of butter makes the dough really soft and fluffy. 

So, whether you call them doughnuts, berliners, bomboloni, paczki or something different – wait no more, the recipe awaits – worth of every minute, I promise.

Sourdough doughnuts

The softest sourdough doughnuts
Yields: 15 doughnuts

Baking schedule:
The dough for these sourdough doughnuts was mixed in the afternoon, left to rise for 3-4 hours at room temperature to increase the volume, put in the fridge overnight, shaped in the morning, left to rise and fried in the afternoon of that day. 


Note: Baker’s percentages are put in brackets if you would like to scale up or down the formula.

90 g white wheat flour (bread flour)
20 g powdered brown sugar
25 g active sourdough starter
40 g water

500 g white wheat flour (bread flour) (100%)
all of the above starter (appr. 175g)
3 eggs (appr. 165 g)
60 g brown sugar (12%)
10 g rum (appr. 1 tbsp) (2%)
10 g salt (2%)
110 g milk or water (22%) – I used milk  **
pinch of vanilla
lemon zest of one lemon
120 g softened butter (24%)

** NOTE: Please feel free to add more liquid (20-50 g) more, if you feel the dough is too stiff and your flour can absorb more liquid. The dough should be soft, not runny but also not too stiff.

oil for frying
sugar for coating

strawberry  crème légère – I used this recipe
apple pie cream (for this, I first cut apples into small pieces and sauteed them on the butter until soft. I then added cinnamon, vanilla powder, brown sugar and little bit of lemon juice. Next, I blended everything in a blender and let the batter cool down completely in the fridge. When cooled I mixed it into the whipped cream and seasoned to taste with additional cinnamon and vanilla powder.


Sourdough starter
1. In the morning, prepare your sourdough starter. The starter will be stiff, more like a dough. Leave it to ferment until risen, puffed, and active. This may take from 4-12 hours, depending on the temperature and strength of your starter.

2. In the evening/late afternoon mix the dough. First, dissolve your entire starter in 110 g of milk. Add all other ingredients, except for the butter. Mix everything together. If the dough feels dry, don’t be tempted to add too much of additional liquid – mixing in the butter in the following phase will soften the dough (experiment with the softness of the dough) – but do add the liquid if the dough is too stiff. Knead the dough for 5-6 minutes and then leave it to rest for 15-20 minutes.

3. Next, knead in half of the butter quantity. Once completely integrated, add and knead in the other half. Knead the dough for 8-10 minutes (it is advisable to use mixer) until smooth. Shape the dough into ball and place it into clean bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and leave to ferment at the room temperature for 3-4 hours until the volume increases by half of the initial state, then put the bowl into the fridge overnight.

4. In the morning, take the dough out of the fridge and divide it into 15 pieces, each weighing 70 g. Shape each piece into a ball and place it on slightly floured tray lined with parchement paper. Cover the tray with clingfilm – this will prevent the dough from drying out. Leave the balls to rise until passing the poking test (appr. doubled in volume) – make an indent – if the indent comes back quickly, leave them to ferment a little bit more. Final rise may take 4-7 hours, it’s temperature depending.

Sourdough doughnuts

5. When the balls are risen enough, prepare the frying oil. Heat to 175-180°C/347-356°F. If the oil isn’t hot enough, the doughnuts will soak the oil and be greasy. If the oil is too hot,  the doughnuts will cook very fast on the outside, but will be unbaked inside, so make sure it’s at the right temperature. It is advisable to sacrifice one doughnut to see how it bakes. Also, keep in mind that at the end of frying the oil becomes hotter.

Sourdough doughnuts

6. Fry each doughnut for 2-3 minutes on one side (or until nicely brown) and 2 minutes on another side. When fried, transfer them onto a plate lined with a napkin, so they soak up the excessive fat.

7. Dust the doughnuts with powdered sugar (or roll them into sugar), then leave them to cool down before filling them.

8. To fill the doughnuts, make a short incision with the knife, then use a pastry bag to fill them with the filling of your choice.

You’ll have to excuse me for not having a crumb photo and trust me that the crumb is super super soft and airy at the same time. The reason for not having a crumb photo is because I gave some doughnuts away to friend and other were eaten before having a chance to bring them in front of camera.

UPDATE: I made another batch of these delicious doughnuts (with white chocolate cream with grated dark chocolate and orange zest) and I managed to take a photo of the crumb before eating them 🙂

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What is your favorite doughnut filling?

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By Natasha Krajnc

Hi! My name is Natasha and I'm specialized in home sourdough bread baking and currently based in Slovakia - a very small country in Central Europe. My bread baking story began in 2011 when I decided to give up commercial yeast. I felt tired all the time (especially after eating bread and other foods made with yeast), I wasn’t motivated to do anything, had trouble concentrating throughout the day, my abdomen was bloated and I was like a trumpet on steroids – basically, I was quite a wreck. I was a big bread lover (and still am) and having to stop eating bread was quite hard at that time but I felt I was on a right way to give my body a chance to heal itself.

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