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How to Make Sour Cream Donuts

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Learn how to make sour cream donuts just like grandma made. Homemade dough is fried and then topped with a delicious glaze. 

Sour cream donuts

 

Making homemade donuts are the things of childhood memories. These are great to make with the entire family on a lazy weekend. 

To make the process easier, you can make the dough the day or night before and refrigerate it until the next morning. You could even go as far as rolling out and cutting the dough. Just place the cut out raw donuts on a parchment lined baking sheet and cover with plastic wrap until the morning. 

Frying can seem intimidating, but it’s really not hard and it makes for really delicious donuts. Make sure to use a high temp oil for the frying. We really love coconut oil for making fried food. It’s super light, healthy and makes for really crispy outsides. 

How to Make Sour Cream Donuts

Bowls of ingredients to make donuts

This sour cream donut recipe calls for cake flour. Combined with the sour cream, the cake flour makes the donuts lighter. You definitely want to use cake flour. 

Dry ingredients for making donuts in a bowl with a whisk.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

Creamed butter and sugar in a bowl

Cream together the butter and sugar until combined using a stand mixer or a hand mixer. Add the eggs and blend well.

Donut dough wrapped in plastic wrap

Alternate adding the sour cream and flour mixture into the sugar/butter mixture. Mix after each addition until the flour is completely incorporated. The dough will be very sticky. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour or longer.

Donut dough rolled out and cut with a donut cutter

When you are ready to make the donuts, remove the dough from the fridge. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and dust the top with flour. Dust a rolling pin with flour.

Using the rolling pin, roll the dough to ½ inch thickness. Cut dough into circles using a round cookie cutter or a glass. Use a smaller circle cutter to cut out the center hole. Knead any scrap pieces of dough into a mound of dough and continue rolling out and cutting the doughnuts until all of the dough is used.

fried donuts on a cooling rack

Pour frying oil in a dutch oven or deep fryer. Coconut oil is a great oil to use for frying foods.  Heat the oil to between 325 and 350 degrees. Use a candy thermometer on the side of the pan to keep tack of the temperature. 

Once the oil is hot, carefully place doughnuts in oil a few at a time. Do not crowd the oil or the donuts won’t cook well. Cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes on each side. Remove donuts and place on a wire cooling rack or paper towel.

Powdered sugar, vanilla and milk in small bowls

Make the glaze for the donuts. This is a basic glaze recipe. You can doctor it up by adding almond extract along with vanilla for some fun flavoring. Adding some brewed coffee, maple syrup and melted butter makes for a delicious glaze!

Glaze frosting dripping off a whisk into a bowl

Mix all ingredients together until smooth. Add additional milk if a thinner consistency is desired.

a hand dipping a donut into a bowl of glaze

Invert the doughnut and dip in the glaze. Place on a wire rack. Allow the glaze to run over the doughnut.

glazed donuts

Yield: 18 donuts

Sour Cream Doughnuts

Glazed sour cream donuts on a cooling rack

Learn how to make sour cream donuts at home. Make a homemade dough which is fried and then covered with a glaze for a delicious homemade donut.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours

Ingredients

  • 2 ¼ cups cake flour, sifted, spooned, and leveled
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 8 cups vegetable oil, for frying

For the Glaze:

  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons evaporated milk

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  2. With a mixer, beat butter and sugar until combined. Add the eggs and blend well.
  3. Alternate adding the sour cream and flour mixture until the flour is completely incorporated. The dough will be very sticky. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour or longer.
  4. Place dough on a lightly floured surface and dust the top with flour. Also dust the rolling pin with flour.
  5. Using the rolling pin, roll the dough to ½ inch thickness. Using a round cookie cutter, cut dough into circles and use a smaller cutter to create the center holw. Knead any scrap pieces of dough into a mound of dough and continue rolling out and cutting the doughnuts until all of the dough is used.
  6. Heat oil in a dutch oven or deep fryer between 325 and 350 degrees.
  7. Carefully place doughnuts in oil a few at a time. Do not crowd the oil. Cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes on each side.
  8. Remove doughnuts and place on a wire cooling rack or paper towel.

For the Glaze:

  1. Mix all ingredients together until smooth. Add additional milk if a thinner consistency is desired.
  2. Invert the doughnut and dip in the glaze. Place on a wire rack. Allow the glaze to run over the doughnut.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

18

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1022Total Fat: 101gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 3gUnsaturated Fat: 87gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 188mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 0gSugar: 15gProtein: 3g
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