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We’re not sure on whose authority these hashtag holidays are decreed, but when they’re as tasty as #NationalDonutDay, we’re not complaining. Today social media is alive with appreciation for the mighty doughnut, and we couldn’t resist joining in.

Lara Ferroni (most recently the author of An Avocado a Day) wrote the book on how best to enjoy a homemade doughnut. Doughnuts: Simple and Delicious Recipes to Make at Home was published a few years ago, and we think it does for doughnuts what Avocado does for avocados—it’s a creative and comprehensive guide for the adventurous home chef. We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate National Doughnut Day than with this excerpt, which will teach you how to make your very own old-fashioned doughnuts. Enjoy!

Old-Fashioned Sour Cream

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What’s the difference between a cake doughnut and an old-fashioned? The two are sibling pastries. Cake doughnuts are the straitlaced ones; old-fashioned, contrary to the name, are a bit on the wild side. As they fry, they split and crack all over the place, making a crisp crust with all sorts of crags to catch glaze and frosting flavors.


Makes 6 to 10 doughnuts

Active time: 15 minutes

Ready in: 40 minutes


1¼ cups (160 grams) all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Pinch of salt

⅓ cup (75 grams) superfine sugar

¼ cup sour cream

1 large egg

1 tablespoon (½ ounce) unsalted butter or vegetable shortening

Vegetable oil for frying


  1. Sift together the flour, baking soda, and cinnamon. Stir in the salt. Set aside.
  1. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the sugar, sour cream, egg, and butter until smooth. Add the flour mixture 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.
  1. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to about ½ inch thick, then cut out the doughnuts using a 2½-inch-diameter cutter. You can reroll any scrap dough.
  1. Heat at least 2 inches of oil in a heavy-bottomed pot until a deep-fat thermometer registers 360°F.
  1. With a metal spatula, carefully place the doughnuts 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. Let cool just slightly before glazing.

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