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Apple Cider Doughnuts with Sourdough Discard (Baked)

Last weekend we went for apple picking. As I reached for each apple and put it in the basket, my mind was processing the ideas of what to bake using apples. Apple cider doughnuts with sourdough discard seemed like a good one for the upcoming Fall season!

The recipe is super fast and easy to make, and of course absolutely delicious.

You’ll need a doughnut mold to bake these, or you can use muffin tins and make apple cider muffins. The flavor remains the same. 

For 8 doughnuts you’ll need the following:



  • 300 g Apple cider , boiled and reduced in half, until you’ll get 130g of thicker version of cider.
  • 70 g sourdough discard, strait from the fridge.
  • 30 g melted butter
  • 50 g egg (1 large egg)
  • 60 g sour cream
  • 50 g brown sugar
  • 160 g all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cardamon

Sugar Topping

  • 1/2 cup of white granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon 
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cardamon
  • 30g melted butter


To bring up stronger apple flavor, add the following step.

  • Night before, boil 300g of apple cider on a medium/high heat, wait until half of it evaporates (it might take up to 30 minutes). Let it cool.

If you don’t have enough time, you can use straight apple cider, the flavor will still be there.

  • Next day, or when cider has cooled off, mix all wet ingredients (cider, sourdough discard, egg, sour cream, melted butter, vanilla and sugar).
  • Whisk until well incorporated.
  • Add dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking soda, spices). Mix dough really well, let it rest for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile prepare the doughnuts mold, spread a thin layer of butter all over the mold and dust it with flour, to prevent doughnuts from sticking to the sides of the mold.
  • Fill the mold about half way.
  • Preheat the oven to 350F.
  • Bake the doughnuts for 13-15 minutes. Doughnuts are ready, when you poke the top of the doughnut and it bounces back.
  • Take the doughnuts out of the oven, let them cool down for 10 min.


  • Mix sugar with spices.
  • Brush each doughnut with butter.
  • Roll it generously in spiced sugar.

Enjoy your apple cider doughnuts with sourdough discard!

21 thoughts on “Apple Cider Doughnuts with Sourdough Discard (Baked)

  1. How do you make the apple cider?

    1. It’s just Apple juice, but from real apples, not from concentrate

      1. Thank you – I was trying to figure out where the fresh apples came into it!!!!

  2. It’s look Yummy 😋😋
    and delicious😍 i well I will try to make it😅

    1. It’s so delicious. Definitely try it 🙏

  3. Checking on definition. Discard sourdough is unfed or from leftover sourdough feedings?

    1. It’s leftover starter, I’m collecting in the fridge, then using it in pancakes 🥞 or something else😊

  4. Can this be frozen?

    1. Yes, you can freeze them, but without covering in sugar.

  5. Would apple cider vinegar work?

    1. No, but apple purée or apple juice will definitely work.

  6. Made these today and loved them, as did my five and three year olds ; )

    1. Happy to hear you liked them. Thank you 🙏

  7. Made these this morning exactly as directed, though I used three mini loaf pans instead of a doughnut mold (and shared them with neighbors!). Absolutely wonderful! This will certainly be a fall staple. Thank you!

    1. CaroleAnne, thank you so much for your feedback. I’m so glad you liked it 🙏

  8. Fantastic recipe, I used apple puree and we gobbled them. Thanks for a great idea to use sourdough discard.

    1. Aviva, thank you for your feedback. Happy 🙏

  9. Hello,can I frie them ?like a deep fried

    1. Hi!
      I’m not sure, because batter is too runny.

  10. I want to make these for the apple festival, will they hold up overnight already baked?

    1. They will need to be reheated in microwave before eating then.

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