I've been making this Old Fashioned Donuts recipe for years now, with slight tweaks on the original version from Tastes Better from Scratch. I thought I'd share my version with you and I hope you love it!
For special occasions or birthdays a few times a year we love making donuts for a special treat to share with family and friends. Try glazed Old Fashioned Donuts for your next family celebration and start a new tradition!
Old Fashioned Sour Cream Donuts
Old Fashioned Donuts
- 4 cups flour
- ½ cup cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg preferably fresh grated!
- 1 cup sugar
- ¼ cup butter melted
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup sour cream or thick yogurt
- Lard or other oil for frying
- ⅓ cup hot water
- 1 tablespoon honey
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 ½ cups powdered sugar
Old Fashioned Donuts
- You can use a stand mixer or a bowl with an electric hand mixer. Mix together flour, cornstarch, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and sugar in a bowl. In a separate bowl mix melted butter, eggs and sour cream/yogurt together.
- Mix together both bowls until well combined, cover the bowl and chill for at least an hour (you can make the day before!)
- When youre ready to make the donut, first put on your pot of lard (or other oil) to start heating up. You'll need 2 inches of oil in a heavy bottom pot. I like to use a cast iron dutch oven pot as it holds heat well. Over medium, you'll want to heat it to 325F.
- While the oil is heating, get rolling out your dough! Roll the dough about ½ inch thick. Use a donut cutter or a canning ring with a water bottle top (I showed this method in my youtube video) Re-roll your scraps and cut out the rest. You should get around 2 dozen.
- Fry the donuts making sure they have space, in my 6 qt dutch oven I can fit 7 donuts comfortably. Too many and they won't fry well. Fry about 2 minutes each side, careful not to let them burn and check your oil temperature every few minutes.
- Take donuts out and place on paper towel. Flip them after a minute to soak up grease on the other side.
- When you're done frying donuts, turn off oil, and remember you can use it a few times!
- In a bowl mix the hot water, honey, salt, and vanilla.
- Whisk in the powdered sugar until well combined.
- To glaze the donuts dip the top in, let some excess drip off and place on clean tea towel or cooling rack, icing side up.
- These donuts are terrific the first day, but the next day with a cup of tea and coffee is equally amazing.
- You can also freeze them unglazed, thaw and “refresh” in the oven for a few minutes, then dip in freshly made glaze.
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