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Sourdough Maple Glazed Donuts

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Sourdough Maple Glazed Donuts are a crisp, yet chewy sweet donut dipped in a maple glaze for a delicious lightly sweetened donut.

a platter filled with sourdough maple glazed donuts

On extra special mornings we make donuts. Or rather, I make them. They take a little planning ahead but in reality they aren’t as difficult as you’d imagine. You just need to make the dough a day before you want to make them. The anticipation of a dough rising on the counter for donuts makes the morning of a bit more exciting. I love coming into the kitchen, putting my apron on and working while the coffee brews. For these mornings, I try getting up a little earlier than my daughter. This way I can avoid the question, are they ready yet? While I work in a quiet kitchen, my hands in the dough, rolling them out while having my coffee. A morning treat in itself.

When using a sourdough starter, they add a bit of a healthier element with the use of fermented dough. As with most of the recipes found here, I try to keep the sugar to a minimum and utilize healthier oil options. As written, these make up a delicious morning treat that you can feel good about serving.

Why I Love This Recipe

It feels good when you can make something completely from scratch in your own kitchen. However its not just that aspect that I love about these sourdough maple glazed donuts. Of course the most obvious reason to love them is their delicious taste and how they pair perfectly with a cup of coffee. But the fact that I can make a real donut at home that tastes just as good or if not better than a donut shop donut; while also having it be something much more healthier for us is just a total win to me.

As parents we often have to refuse our kids things which is not always a fun part of this job. A lot of which their peers might be having and it feels great to be able to make a special item like these sourdough maple glazed donuts right at home. I almost feel like it creates much more excitement for my daughter to see me cutting up the little squares and smelling the frying donut batter waft through the air.

What You Will Need To Make Sourdough Maple Glazed Donuts

¾ cup water
2 cups all purpose flour
½ cup fed starter
1 tbsp honey
Pinch of salt
1 egg
¼ cup brown sugar
¼ cup coconut oil plus more for frying
1 tsp baking soda

Maple Glaze

1/4 cup organic real maple syrup
1 tbsp salted (butter room temp)
1/2 cup powdered sugar

Directions

Mix together the sourdough starter, flour, water and honey.

Knead with a stand mixer for approximately 5 minutes with a dough hook or you can knead the dough with your hands for about 7-8 minutes.

Once done, set in a larger bowl and cover with a tea towel for 12-24 hours.

The following morning, after the dough has risen and you are ready to make the donuts. Add the egg, brown sugar, baking soda and melted coconut oil to the dough. You can use a paddle on a mixer to do this or your hands work fine too.

sourdough maple glazed donut dough on a cutting board

Once completely incorporated, place the dough on a well floured surface. Cut into 10 pieces like shown.

donuts cut up on a cutting boad

You can fry them up just as they are or you can choose to form them into a donut shape as pictured below.

sourdough donuts shaped and ready to be fried

Heat a Dutch oven or cast iron skillet with enough coconut oil to fill it about half way full.

Make sure not to add the donuts to the skillet until the oil is all the way hot and sizzling when placing them in.

sourdough donuts frying in a skillet

Cook each donut for about 2 to 2 1/2 minutes per side.

Once a deep brown color, place them on a waiting plate.

sourdough donuts frying in a skillet

Once all the donuts are done cooking. You can mix up the glaze if you have not already done so by using either a manual whisk or the whisk attachment on your mixer

dipping sourdough donuts into a bowl of maple glaze

Take each donut and dip in the glaze. The heat from the donut will make the glaze spread over them.

Optional: If you want more of a maple frosting. You can mix double to amount of powdered sugar (1 cup) to 1/3 maple syrup and 2 tbsp of butter using the milk to thin if needed. This will make up a maple frosting instead of the glaze in the above recipe.

FAQ for Sourdough Maple Glazed Donuts

Why the use of coconut oil?

Coconut oil is one of my favorite oils to cook or fry foods in. Not only is it a much healthier option but the results are always golden and crisp. For these donuts it also provides just a hint of sweetness to the dough.

Can I make these gluten free?

You can. By swapping out the all purpose flour used in this recipe for a gluten free all purpose flour. Just be sure that it is an all purpose gluten free flour you are using.

Benefits Of Sourdough

Of course we love the taste but sourdough is actually a healthier alternative to eating regular breads such as white or wheat loaves. The lower phytate levels in sourdough makes for an easier to digest food and results in a better more nutritious bread.

It is a good alternative for those who are sensitive to gluten as the sourdough is a fermented food that has a bacteria to yeast composition that works on breaking down the starches found in the grain before it’s even eaten. Sourdough is also known as a prebiotic food that simply put, will help keep your gut bacteria healthy.

If you try this recipe and love it, I would appreciate you coming back and giving it 5 stars!

sourdough maple glazed donuts on a platter

Sourdough Maple Glazed Donuts

Yield: 10 Donuts
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 1 day
Total Time: 1 day 30 minutes

A crispy, chewy centered sweet donut topped with a delicious maple glaze.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup water
  • ½ cup fed starter
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup coconut oil plus more for frying
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • Maple Glaze
  • 1/4 cup organic real maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp salted butter room temp
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Mix together the sourdough starter, flour, water and honey.
  2. Knead with a stand mixer for approximately 5 minutes with a dough hook or you can knead the dough with your hands for about 7-8 minutes.
  3. Once done, set in a larger bowl and cover with a tea towel for 12-24 hours.
  4. After the dough has risen and you are ready to make the donuts. Add the egg, brown sugar, baking soda and melted coconut oil to the dough. You can use a paddle on a mixer to do this or your hands work fine too.
  5. Once completely incorporated, place the dough on a well floured surface. Cut into 10 pieces like shown.
  6. Heat a Dutch oven or cast iron skillet with enough coconut oil to fill it about half way full.
  7. Make sure not to add the donuts to the skillet until the oil is all the way hot and sizzling when placing them in.
  8. Cook each donut for about 2 to 2 1/2 minutes per side.
  9. Once a deep brown color, place them on a waiting plate.
  10. Once all the donuts are done cooking. You can mix up the glaze if you have not already done so by using either a manual whisk or the whisk attachment on your mixer.
  11. Take each donut and dip in the glaze. The heat from the donut will make the glaze spread over them.

Optional: If you want more of a maple frosting. You can mix double to amount of powdered sugar (1 cup) to 1/3 maple syrup and 2 tbsp of butter using the milk to thin if needed. This will make up a maple frosting instead of the glaze in the above recipe.

Notes

Optional: If you want more of a maple frosting. You can mix double to amount of powdered sugar (1 cup) to 1/3 maple syrup and 2 tbsp of butter using the milk to thin if needed. This will make up a maple frosting instead of the glaze in the above recipe.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 235Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 160mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 1gSugar: 19gProtein: 3g

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