Sourdough Doughnuts

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"Hi my dear sourdoughmaniacs, how many of you have already tried sd donuts? Perhaps even my # sourdoughmania_recipe? ๐Ÿ˜‰ It's Carnival time here in Slovenia, so these donuts are definitely a must-have and must-make treat ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‹ if you give them a go, please tag me in your posts so I can repost them in my stories โค * Do you have a special/traditional carnival treat/sweet?๐Ÿ˜‡ * Styling by โค ๐Ÿค— * Enjoy your day and let's bake the world a better place๐Ÿ’•"
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Prep time 8hrs 30mins
Cook time 10mins
Serves or Makes: 14

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For the Sweet Starter


  • 1 tablespoon starter, mine is at 80% hydration
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons bread flour, divided
  • 8 teaspoons sugar, divided
  • 4 tablespoons water, divided

For the Final Dough


  • 4 cups bread flour
  • Sweet starter
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2/3 cups milk, minus 1 tablespoon if you're using more rum
  • 4 teaspoons rum, or 6 teaspoons
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Oil, for frying

To Make the Sweet Starter


  • Step 1

    Mix the 1 tablespoon of starter with 1/4 cup flour, 2 1/2 teaspoons sugar and 4 teaspoons water. When it doubles, add the remaining ingredients and leave to proof 2 1/2 times its original size. The end result will be used in the final dough.

To Make the Dough

  • Step 1

    Mix all the ingredients except the butter together until it becomes a well-developed dough (about 10 min). Add soft butter afterwards and continue mixing until you get a shiny and smooth dough (about 10 min). Do note that it wonโ€™t be a very stiff dough. Let it chill overnight.

  • Step 2

    The following day divide the dough into 14 portions and form balls by rolling. Put on a lightly dusted cloth/couche and gently flatten the balls. Then you cover them with cling foil and leave them to proof until they are puffy and doubled. This takes about 7-8 hours at 70-72 ยฐF. When these are ready, youโ€™re set to start frying.

To Fry the Doughnuts

  • Step 1

    The oil in the frying pan should be 1 1/3 inches high, which you slowly heat to 330-338 ยฐF. Place the donuts seam-side up (the part that was on the cloth faces up), cover the frying pan with a lid and fry for about 3-4 min. Uncover, turn around and fry for another 3-4 min.