Old Fashioned Sour Cream Donuts
I’d like to take this opportunity to drop a few nuggets of truth on all of you, if that’s okay.
Nobody is normal. Nobody.
Fears are nothing more than stories that we tell ourselves.
A person who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person.
Nothing is really lost- until your mom can’t find it, that is. Then, it’s just gone forever.
Lastly ( and perhaps most importantly)…it is always, ALWAYS, a good ‘time to make the donuts’.
For those that may not know, the Dunkin’ Donuts company featured a commercial with a character named Fred the Baker who appeared in commercials with the trademark ‘catchphrase’: “Time to Make the Donuts”. It was a pretty popular ad, and was also parodied in one of my favorite Saturday Night Live sketches with Jon Lovitz. It’s really all I could think about when I was putting this post together, and I think that that really says something to the centrality of donuts in life in general. Think about it: there’s no time, event or circumstance when it’s not a good time for some donuts.
Had a lousy day at work? Time to make/eat some donuts.
Your favorite team won the game? Time to make/eat some donuts.
Fight with the spouse/significant other? Time to make/eat some donuts.
Payday? Time to make/eat some donuts.
Fiesta Friday? Definitely time to make/eat some donuts.
I mentioned in some of my earlier posts that I recently got into the mood to make some donuts from scratch. My sisters wanted these Cinnamon Bun Doughnuts and Apple Cider Donuts. And me, well I wanted these.
A good old fashioned sour cream donut just like the ones you get from the bakery.
Guys. Guys, guys, guuuuuuuuys.
Drop whatever you’re doing, print out this recipe and get in your kitchen. ‘Cause it’s time to make the donuts. These donuts. Right now.
This recipe is so good, I honestly wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between these donuts, and ones you would buy from a bakery. The dough creates the perfect browned, crusty crevices that have just enough body for the icing to seep into, solidify and form the most delightful pools of pure sugary goodness. It’s just what a sour cream donut should be, and I meant JUST: golden brown and crusty on the outside, soft and flakey tender on the inside, with the sour cream giving it just enough of a subtle tang to complement the sweetness of the icing. One of the best donuts, I’ve ever had, hands down.
And yeah, I’m more than a little pleased and proud that I was the one to make them.
I’m bringing these donuts to this week;s Fiesta Friday #38 hosted by Angie@TheNoviceGardener and co-hosted this week by Hilda and Julianna. Don’t fight over them all at once, guys. There’s plenty enough to go round-for now…
Old Fashioned Sour Cream Donuts
Recipe Adapted from Completely Delicious via Hand Forged Doughnuts
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Old Fashioned Sour Cream Donuts
- 2 1/4 cup (255 grams) cake flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 cup (100 grams) sugar
- 2 tablespoons butter flavored shortening
- 2 large egg yolks
- 1/2 cup (4 fluid ounces) sour cream
- Canola oil, for frying
- 3 1/2 cup (350 grams ) powdered sugar, sifted
- 1 1/2 teaspoon corn syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup (2 1/2 fluid ounces) hot water
1. In a bowl, sift together the cake flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg.
2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the shortening and sugar together until sandy. Add the egg yolks and mix until light and thick.
3. Add the dry ingredients to the mixing bowl in 3 additions, alternating with the sour cream, ending with the flour, scraping the sides of the bowl down as necessary. The dough will be sticky. Spoon it into a clean bowl, cover with plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour.
4. On a floured surface, roll out the chilled dough to about 1/2 inch thick. Use a donut cutter or two differently sized biscuit cutters to cut out as many donuts as possible, dipping the cutters into flour as necessary to prevent sticking.
5. Pour the canola oil into a heavy bottomed pot to at least 2 inches deep. Heat to 325 degrees F. Add the donuts to the heated oil a few at a time, careful not to overcrowd the pot. Fry on each side about 2 minutes, but watch to make sure they don’t burn.
6. Let drain on a paper bag to soak up the excess grease.
7. Mix all ingredients in a bowl with a whisk until smooth. Dip each donut into the glaze, making sure they are covered completely. Place on a wire rack above a sheet pan to catch any excess glaze. Let sit for 20 minutes until glaze is set.
8. Store in an air tight container at room temperature for a few days.
53 thoughts on “Old Fashioned Sour Cream Donuts”
Jess! You’re going to feed my donut addiction! Sour cream donuts were one of my favorites at Krispy Kreme! I’m so tempted to drop everything and make this now =)
DO IT Andrea, don’t fight the power of the sour cream donut. It’s useless, I’ve tried lol Thank you 🙂
And they are fried, yes, I will make these doughnuts. Love old fashioned doughnuts. The best!!!
Thanks Suzanne, these really were all I hoped for, and more 😉
Yes please! These are exactly what i need today!!!!
Thanks Melissa 🙂
I 100% agree with it’s always a good time to make donuts, especially these ones! They look to die for
Thank you Michelle!
God I love sour cream doughnuts so much! You’re making me drool with your doughnut dirty talk!
These sound amazing.
Donut Dirty Talk- haha, I like that. Sour Cream donuts are pretty much perfect so far as I’m concerned. Thank you!
These look soo good!!)))
Thank you Sophia…they are 😉
wow, they look delicious, love old fashion donuts!!
Thanks Michael, me too 🙂
I want these donuts really really bad 😄
I want them too. There aren’t any more at my house and now I only have pictures and the memory to console me lol Thank you!
Yummy yum yum! These look so good 🙂
Thank you- they taste even better I think!
Your doughnuts look fantastic and your pearls of wisdom are priceless! 🙂
Thank you Francesca 🙂
I think I am going to put on a couple of pounds just by looking at these bad boys. So sinful!
Haha, I’ll take that as a compliment. Thank you Anjana 😀
Yum! I’ve been meaning to make sour cream doughnuts for a while now – so good! Thank you for reminding me 🙂
You are most welcome- these donuts are some of the best things I’ve cooked, hands down. Thank you Gabby 🙂
Oh yum! Hard to beat a classic like this!
VERY hard. Thank you!
They look amazing – I’ll have to look into donuts some day … soon …
Don’t put it off- life is short.You MUST make donuts lol Thank you Ginger!
Those donuts look amazing, Jess!
Thank you Nancy,I appreciate it 🙂
I like your nuggets of truth, especially the last one, it made me laugh, thanks for the humor, your donuts look perfect, i don’t think there is anything you can’t make, everything you do looks amazing:)
Awww Lily. You’re making me blush. Thank you so much for that wonderful compliment 😀
Browsing Jess’ blog? Time to eat Jess’ donuts
yumm… don’t do this to us everytime Jess. This is torture. Sigh!!!! Droool!!!!
I’m definitely gonna keep doing it. Sorry lol Thank you 😉
Ok 🙁 Then please see if you can beam your delicacies to my table!!!
Wow, Jess! These look spectacular! I am pinning and printing to make sure I make them soon. I’ve never made doughnuts before, but your pictures make me want to try.
Please do try it, Shari. It’s not difficult at all and the reward is BEYOND worth it. You seriously will not want to share lol Thanks 🙂
I’m so impressed you made homemade donuts! They look amazing!
Why, thank you. They look a lot more complicated than they actually were to make. But it was fun to make and eat them 😉
Very funny post – but equally serious donuts. If I’m going to eat donuts, these are the ones I want. I might have to wait a bit, but bookmarked it for an ‘occasion’.
They would certainly be a nice treat to have for a special occasion Hilda. Thank you!
Omg….. These look amazing! Thanks for sharing 🙂
You’re welcome Eloise- they DO taste amazing, I gotta say 😀
Yep. You’re just that good. You’re more than good. You’re excellence. Look at these gorgeous donuts. Love them. Love you. <3
You make me ashamed, because I'm going to be posting some donuts in the near future… a cheater's version, made with canned biscuits!! Nothing like these beauties at all…
I looooooooove you too. <3 And I am EAGERLY awaiting your donuts post. Mine do take a while t put together lol Thanks 😀
I can’t believe I missed these babies, Jess! WordPress and it’s hiccups has denied me many indulgences…glad I took a peek a discovered these donuts. 😛 They appear to be sinfully delicious!
Thanks Nancy- I would say that’s a VERY apt description lol
This donuts will kill me and I’m enjoying it! =)
That’s the spirit! Thank you 😀
Sour cream doughnuts remind me of when I was in high school, too many years ago to admit! My best friend worked for Daylight Doughnuts and I used to go see him in the middle of the night to get them fresh! I will definitely need to try these. Thanks for sharing!