Recipe: Sourdough Dark Chocolate Cherry Donuts

Sourdough Dark Chocolate Cherry Donuts

Sourdough Dark Chocolate Cherry Donuts


  • 1/2 cup Wild Culture sourdough starter (active) 
  • 2/3 cup double-dutch process dark cocoa 
  • 3/4 cup dried cherries, chopped 
  • 2 cups flour 
  • 1 1/4 cups light brown sugar 
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder 
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda 
  • 3/4 teaspoon espresso powder 
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (or dark chocolate chips) 
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt 
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk 
  • 2 large eggs 
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted


This recipe also makes delicious "love loaves".

This recipe also makes delicious “love loaves”.

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. degrees.  Spray coconut oil onto doughnut pans (or rub butter into the pan wells).
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the cocoa, flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, espresso powder, baking soda, and chocolate chips.
  3. In a medium-size mixing bowl, gently whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, butter, and vanilla.
  4. Add the wild culture sourdough starter to the wet ingredients and mix well.
  5. Add the wet ingredients and the chopped cherries to the large mixing bowl with the dry ingredients and stir until just combined (do not beat or over-mix).
  6. Spoon the batter into the prepared pans, filling them about 3/4 full.
  7. Bake the doughnuts for 12 to 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of one comes out clean.
  8. Take the doughnuts out from the oven, and after 30 seconds, loosen their edges from the pan, turn the pan upside down over a rack, and gently let the doughnuts fall onto the rack to cool.

Servings: 12 donuts

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