Chewy, tangy doughnuts made with Herman Sourdough Starter. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar or powdered sugar while they're hot.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
30 mins
additional:
10 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 doughnuts
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat deep-fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). In a small bowl, dissolve baking soda in warm water.

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  • In a large mixing bowl, cream shortening and sugar. Beat in egg yolks, Herman sourdough starter, buttermilk, vanilla extract, applesauce and dissolved baking soda. Mix together cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder and flour. Stir flour mixture into the wet ingredients until smooth.

  • Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and roll out to 3/4 inch thickness. Cut out the doughnuts and let stand for 10 minutes before frying.

  • Heat deep-fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Carefully slide doughnuts into hot oil. Fry until golden brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels and serve hot.

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We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount may vary depending on cook time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts

302 calories; protein 3.6g 7% DV; carbohydrates 32g 10% DV; fat 17.9g 28% DV; cholesterol 34.1mg 11% DV; sodium 120.9mg 5% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
09/05/2007
these had great flavor. I live in town famous for its apples and they sell apple cider donuts. these tasted just like them. However they soaked up a lot of the grease and they were a little dry in the middle but they did cook evenly and there were no doughy spots. They were a good way to use up herman starter but I will still keep looking for a donut recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/05/2007
these had great flavor. I live in town famous for its apples and they sell apple cider donuts. these tasted just like them. However they soaked up a lot of the grease and they were a little dry in the middle but they did cook evenly and there were no doughy spots. They were a good way to use up herman starter but I will still keep looking for a donut recipe. Read More
(10)
Rating: 4 stars
11/30/2007
The texture of this doughnut is much crispier than the cake doughnuts I have made before. The sourdough and applesauce flavors are subtle. I was hoping for a richer flavor and was a little disappointed. Perhaps if my starter was aged longer this would change at least one aspect of this. I used homemade slightly chunky applesauce so I'm not sure how much more I could adjust that flavor. Because the sourdough flavor is unique to my current recipes I will likely do this again but will try to adjust the flavors to suit my preference. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/06/2007
awesome d's Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/27/2011
Good not that flavourful though. Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
05/11/2020
Yum! We used the discard from our sourdough starter and these were delicious! We will definitely make these again! Read More