Sugared donuts

Bring back memories of days at the beach with these homemade coastal-style donuts. These sugared donuts have a deliciously crunchy outer layer coated in sweet, sugary deliciousness. When you take a bite, you’ll be greeted with a warm and fuzzy center that melts in your mouth. These irresistible treats are perfect for enjoying the taste of summer all year round. For an extra burst of flavor, don’t forget to try them with delicious dipping sauces. Whether you’re craving a sweet treat or looking to relive beach memories, these sugared donuts are sure to satisfy.


  • 2 eggs
  • 300 ml sour cream
  • 400g self-raising flour, plus some flour for dusting
  • 1 lemon, grated (optional)
  • 2 tbsp powdered sugar, plus 75 g for dusting
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 40 g butter, cut into cubes and softened slightly
  • Vegetable oil, for deep frying

Preparation steps

  1. Whisk eggs and sour cream together in a jug and set aside.
  2. Place flour, lemon zest (if using), 2 tablespoons sugar, bicarb and a pinch of salt in a medium bowl and stir briefly.
  3. Rub in the butter with your fingertips until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs.
  4. Add the sour cream mixture and knead into a dough with a cutlery knife.
  5. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface.
  6. Knead briefly until you have a cohesive dough without dry streaks of flour.
  7. Lightly flour the top of the dough and then gently pat it until it is about 1 inch thick.
  8. Punch out donuts with a 1.5-inch round cutter and re-roll the scraps until you have about 40 donuts.
  9. Fill a medium pot no more than one-third full with oil.
  10. Heat over low heat to 180°C or until a cube of bread sizzles and browns within 30 seconds.
  11. Place the 75g sugar in a shallow bowl. Put aside.
  12. Gently dip the donuts into the hot oil and fry for 3-4 minutes, until golden brown and cooked through.
  13. Gently move the donuts back and forth with a fish slice or slotted spoon so they are evenly colored.
  14. Transfer the donuts to a rack set over a sheet of paper towels to drain.
  15. Add the hot donuts to the bowl of sugar to coat.
  16. If desired, transfer donuts to paper bags before serving.
  17. Best served the day it is made.

Nutritional Information

Equipment and tools

To make sugared donuts you will need the following equipment and tools:

  • Deep fryer or a large, thick-bottomed pot
  • Slotted spoon or tongs
  • Baking tray lined with paper towels
  • Wire frame
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Whisk or spoon for mixing
  • Sieve for dusting with flour and sugar
  • Mixing spatula or wooden spoon
  • Grater (optional for lemon peel)

Allergen information

The Sugared Donuts Recipe contains the following allergens:

  • Eggs
  • butter
  • Gluten (from self-raising flour)

Please be aware of these allergens if you or your target audience suffers from allergies or dietary restrictions.

Storage and leftovers

Once cooked, sugared donuts can be stored and enjoyed later. Here are some tips:

  • Allow the donuts to cool completely before storing.
  • Place the cooled donuts in an airtight container or ziplock bag.
  • You can store them at room temperature for up to 2 days.
  • If you want to keep them longer, you can store them in the refrigerator for up to a week.
  • If stored for a longer period of time, we recommend freezing the donuts.

To freeze leftover donuts:

  1. Wrap each donut individually in plastic wrap.
  2. Place the wrapped donuts in a freezer-safe container or ziplock bag.
  3. Label the container with the date and contents.
  4. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months.

To reheat frozen donuts:

  1. Remove the desired number of donuts from the freezer and unwrap them.
  2. Allow them to thaw at room temperature for 1-2 hours.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  4. Place the thawed donuts on a baking sheet and warm in the oven for 5-10 minutes.
  5. Dust with additional sugar if desired before serving.

The Health Benefits of Sugared Donuts

Despite their reputation as a bad treat, sugared donuts actually offer some surprising health benefits. While it’s important to enjoy these treats in moderation, they do offer certain benefits that can have a positive impact on your well-being. Let’s explore some of the health benefits of sugared donuts.

1. Good source of energy

Sugared donuts can provide a quick energy boost thanks to their rich combination of ingredients. The eggs, sour cream, and self-raising flour are all rich in carbohydrates, which are the body’s main source of fuel. Eating a sugared donut can provide an instant energy boost, making it a handy snack when you need a pick-me-up.

2. Source of vitamins and minerals

Adding lemon zest to the donut batter adds a tangy note to the flavor but also adds a touch of nutritional value. Lemons are rich in vitamin C, an essential antioxidant that supports the immune system and aids collagen production. Adding lemon zest to your sugared donuts gives you a small dose of this important vitamin.

3. Rich in protein

While the main ingredients in sugared donuts are carbohydrates, they also contain a significant amount of protein from eggs and sour cream. Protein is crucial for various body functions, such as building and repairing tissue, producing enzymes and hormones, and supporting immune health. Enjoying a sugared donut can be a small but tasty way to get some protein into your diet.

4. Promotes mood improvement

There’s no denying that sugared donuts can put a smile on your face. Eating this sweet treat can trigger the release of endorphins, the body’s natural “feel-good” chemicals. These endorphins can help improve your mood and provide a temporary feeling of happiness and contentment.

5. Provides a feeling of comfort

Sugared donuts are often associated with nostalgic memories and feelings of comfort. Treating yourself to a sugared donut can bring a feeling of pleasure and relaxation, providing a temporary escape from the stresses of everyday life. The emotional benefits of enjoying a sugared donut should not be overlooked.

Although sugared donuts should be enjoyed in moderation due to their high sugar and fat content, it’s reassuring to know that they do offer potential health benefits. By incorporating them into a balanced diet and active lifestyle, you can enjoy an occasional delicious treat while supporting your overall well-being.

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