June 4, 2014

Sour Cream Donuts (with Two Types of Crazy Toppings and Glazes!)


This past weekend was initially just going to be a wash. Work has been crazy hectic lately, so I've been using the weekends to recover. And by recover, what I really mean is watch an insane amount of Netflix and spend hours on Pinterest and Tumblr. I'd even decided to give myself a little bit of a baking break, pulling on my polka dotted stretchy pants from Uniqlo and parking myself in front of the TV with my iPad in one hand and my phone in the other. Ahhh, the good life.

Halfway through an episode of My Cat From Hell (which, by the way, is the best show ever), I picked up my phone to idly scroll through my Instagram feed when — BAM — I spotted Melissa's pretty donut pictures on Instagram (which, by the way, if you guys aren't following Melissa on Instagram, you are seriously missing out).

Whoa, I thought to myself, after being hypnotized by her beautiful picture of a chocolate and vanilla donut checkerboard. Now I kinda want a donut. I wish I lived in the same city as Melissa. Maybe she'd bring me donuts. Well... I could also probably go get a donut... but that would require getting up and changing out of my stretchy pants. And I also want to find out if Jackson manages to tame City the Kitty (a beautiful Bengal cat with a propensity to leap at its poor owner's head).

Just as I had decided that it was probably a good idea to bike a few blocks to check out the newly opened Blue Star Donuts after the episode, my phone buzzed again. Lo and behold, it was Melissa herself, emailing to ask if I was doing a post for this week's upcoming National Donut Day. I paused. I hadn't been planning on it, but I did have a donut craving and an afternoon clear of any plans (well, except for binge watching My Cat From Hell). What if I skipped the long lines at Blue Star and made the donuts myself?

And so, armed with inspiration from Melissa's pretty instagram pictures, I pulled out my go-to donut cookbook and realized that I had just the ingredients to make a batch of sour cream donuts:


Okay, real talk here for a second. What are sour cream donuts? They're pretty similar to cake donuts, but the additional sour cream adds an extra richness to the dough. As they fry up, they split and crack all over the place, making a crispy craggy crust that catch glaze and frosting:


As for topping the donuts, I played two different cards, with one hand being more successful than the other. The winner was simple: I glazed half of the donuts with Nutella, leftover from the day I made this Nutella swirled brioche, and topped with some raspberry sprinkles left over from my last trip to the Netherlands. The other half of the donuts were glazed with a classic powdered sugar glaze with a pinch of blue Kool Aid to give them their color and a tangy kick. It was actually pretty good (and reminded  me of Voodoo Doughnut's Miami Vice Berry donut), but nothing can really beat Nutella.


I know, I know, it's crazy that I happened to have both raspberry sprinkles and blue Kool Aid in my pantry. But I'm really into experimenting with crazy ingredients, and when I see them on the grocery store shelves, I can't help but buy them for "future projects". Most of the time, they do end up just sitting in my pantry languishing (lucky for me both sprinkles and Kool Aid have an insane shelf life... yay?), but then again, there are days like today when a blogger friend calls on you to make donuts and you go ahead and do so and top them with said crazy ingredients.

Happy National Donut Day, folks! And be sure to check out my other donut recipes and of course, my talented blogger friends' recipes too:

Some baker's notes:
  • No donut cutter? No problem! In a pinch, use a drinking glass with a 3-inch diameter to cut out donuts and a regular old shot glass to cut out the donut holes.

  • You don't need a deep fryer to make donuts. I actually have a deep fryer, but prefer to use a cast iron skillet to fry donuts since I feel like it's safer and easier to clean. Make sure your pot is deep enough to hold at least 2 inches of oil, with at least 2 inches of clearance from the top of the pot. You also don't really need a candy thermometer, but it makes your life a lot easier if you've got one.


Sour Cream Donuts
(adapted from Doughnuts)

---


---

Ingredients

Special Equipment:

For the Sour Cream Donuts:
(makes around 8 donuts)
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted and cooled

---

Recipe

For the Sour Cream Donuts:
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt. Set aside.

  2. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together 1/3 cup granulated sugar, 1/4 cup sour cream, 1 large egg and 1 tablespoon unsalted butter until smooth. Add the flour mixture (from the 1st step) a little at a time until a smooth dough forms. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate the batter for 15 to 20 minutes.

  3. After the batter has chilled, heat at least 2 inches of oil in a deep fryer or a cast iron skillet until a candy thermometer registers 360 (F).

  4. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to 1/2 inch thick. Use a 3 1/2 inch donut cutter to cut out donut holes.

  5. With a metal spatula, carefully place 1 or 2 donuts at a time in the oil. Fry for 1 to 2 minutes per side, or until light golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel on a wire rack. Let cool slightly before glazing. Like most quick breads, the donuts are best on the day they are made.
---


---

22 comments:

  1. i am completely obsessed with your use of KOOL AID! too cool.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Is it bad to leave the house in stretchy pants?! No one told me. The baby on my hip makes up for my appearance half the time. These sound divine, especially the splits and cracks. Also, my cast iron pan is sitting out on the stove. I should probably go warm it up now. Thanks for the instagram love!

    ReplyDelete
  3. ooh, i totally know what you mean about having random things in the pantry. but BLUE-KOOL AID takes the cake, my friend. I got dibs on the blue guys :D

    i LOVE sour cream donuts. they're so much more rich, like you said. and a bit more moist too!! YUM!!!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Ohhhh my goodness sour cream donuts. I'm pretty sure I won't be able to think about anything else for the rest of the day. I can just imagine the extra oomph and moist texture it adds to the crumb. (OK, now I'm drooling.) And the blue Kool Aid is -- literally -- the icing on the cake. Now I don't know which donut recipe of yours I want to try first -- this or the malasadas!!

    ReplyDelete
  5. devono essere proprio buone di certo fantastiche nei colori sgargianti e briosi, bravissiam

    ReplyDelete
  6. Doughnuts are totally one of my biggest weaknesses. A fresh doughnut in the morning - just sets the day for a perfect note! Yours are beautiful; love the colors!

    ReplyDelete
  7. These look delicious - I love donuts! We still need to hang out now that I'm living in SE! :)

    ReplyDelete
  8. Those look delicious...but I don't know if I should try making my own donuts. I think that may be way too much of a temptation for me! Ha ha!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Ok, now I totally have a donut craving. Thanks a lot. I once tried to make them—years and years and years ago, when I was in middle school—and the result was revolting. Maybe it's time I tried them again.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Woah those look amazing! I love sour cream donuts, I'd love to try making them someday. :)

    ReplyDelete
  11. LOVE these colors! Happy Donut Day, indeed =)

    ReplyDelete
  12. Yum. Also Netflix, Tumblr and Pinterest are very good for you! :)

    ReplyDelete
  13. SPRINKLES! So it's Melissa who's behind all this donut maddness that's going on right now? Bless her.

    ReplyDelete
  14. This post made my day... Michelle, you are hilarious. I'm fascinated by Jackson on "My Cat from Hell" too...I could watch him for hours. I believe strongly that if you call stretchy pants "yoga pants", it is socially acceptable to roam the community in them... I've been doing it for years, and my neighbors still speak to me if I run into them in the grocery store. I do wonder: what else is hiding in your pantry? And by the way, thank you for alerting me to the fact that it is National Donut Day. I think that calls for Donuts for dinner to celebrate.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Sour cream donuts are ah-mazing!!! And these toppings? Insanely creative! Love the fun colors. So happy to have found your blog through Melissa's donut-party email. :)

    ReplyDelete
  16. Just discovered your blog through searching some combination of "buttercream" and/or "cake" and/or "frosting" and I'm so, so glad I did!! Love all of your posts so far!

    ReplyDelete
  17. Oh, my! The color in these photos is insanely pretty! The pink and blue reminds me of the flowers that are starting to bloom in my garden right now. And although I have never had a sour cream donut, I must have one right now!

    ReplyDelete
  18. All of these colors are so fun! These look so delicious. Thank you for the notes on how to fry if you don't have a deep fryer. Definitely wanting to give these a try!!

    ReplyDelete
  19. These are totally so cute! Love the toppings and the colour of the icing! :)
    http://youtube.com/addalittlefood

    ReplyDelete
  20. Pretty pretty donuts! All your pics last week on twitter/instagram gave me a mega craving for a proper donut - I might just have to give this frying thing a go rather than just sticking with my trusty donut pan. Your tip about using a skilled is genius!

    ReplyDelete
  21. There were some free donuts in SF but nothing as good as these, or the donuts that I'll be having TOMORROW when I hit Portland!

    ReplyDelete