Delicious Blackberry Sourdough Donuts: A Perfect Blend of Sweet and Tangy

These Blackberry Sourdough Donuts are a delightful treat combining the tanginess of sourdough with the sweet, rich flavor of blackberry jam. With a light and fluffy texture, each bite delivers a burst of fruitiness and a satisfying sugary coating. Perfect for breakfast, brunch, or a delightful snack, these donuts are sure to impress with their unique flavor profile and beautiful presentation.

Why You’ll Love This: These donuts offer a unique twist on traditional donuts by incorporating sourdough discard, adding a depth of flavor that pairs beautifully with the sweetness of blackberry jam. The air fryer method ensures they are light and fluffy while reducing the amount of oil used. The combination of flavors and textures makes these donuts an irresistible treat.

Perfect Occasion: Ideal for weekend brunches, special breakfasts, or as a sweet treat for gatherings. These donuts are perfect for celebrating special occasions or simply enjoying a cozy morning at home. Serve them warm with a cup of coffee or tea for the ultimate indulgence.

Decoration Tips:

  1. Garnish with a dusting of powdered sugar for a classic look.
  2. Add a fresh blackberry on top of each donut for a touch of elegance and color.
  3. Serve on a decorative platter with a few sprigs of mint for an inviting presentation.
  4. Drizzle with a simple glaze made from powdered sugar and a splash of milk for added sweetness and shine.


  • Donuts:
    • 1 cup whole milk, warmed
    • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
    • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
    • 1/2 heaping cup sourdough discard
    • 8 tbsp salted butter, melted & cooled
    • 2 eggs, room temperature
    • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 1/4 cups bread flour
    • 3/4 cup blackberry jam or jam of choice, for filling
  • Coating:
    • 1/2 cup butter, melted, for brushing
    • 1 cup granulated sugar


  1. Activate the Yeast:
    • In a large bowl, mix the warmed milk and 1 tbsp of sugar. Sprinkle the yeast over the mixture, stir, and let sit for 5-10 minutes until foamy.
  2. Prepare the Dough:
    • Add the remaining sugar, sourdough discard, and eggs to the yeast mixture. Whisk to combine.
    • Gradually stream in the melted butter while whisking continuously until fully incorporated.
    • Add the all-purpose flour and bread flour. Mix with a wooden spoon until the flour is incorporated.
    • Turn the dough onto a floured surface. Sprinkle with some flour and knead for 4-5 minutes until smooth.
  3. First Rise:
    • Place the dough in a large greased bowl, cover, and let rise in a warm environment for 1-1.5 hours, or until doubled in size.
  4. Shape the Donuts:
    • Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
    • Once the dough has doubled, turn it onto a floured surface. Roll out to 1/2-inch thickness.
    • Use a cookie cutter or mason jar lid to cut out 3-inch donuts. Re-roll leftover dough and repeat.
    • Place the donuts on the prepared baking sheet with space between each. Cover with greased plastic wrap and let proof in a warm environment for 30 minutes to 1 hour until tall and puffy.
  5. Air Fry the Donuts:
    • Preheat the air fryer to 350°F (175°C). Line the air fryer basket with parchment paper.
    • Working in batches, place the donuts in the basket and brush the tops with melted butter.
    • Air fry for 10 minutes, flipping and brushing with butter halfway through until golden brown.
  6. Coat the Donuts:
    • Remove from the air fryer and immediately roll in granulated sugar to coat.
  7. Fill with Jam:
    • Place the blackberry jam in a piping bag with a round tip. Poke a hole into the side of each donut with a knife and pipe in the desired amount of jam (~1-2 tbsp).

Enjoy these delightful Blackberry Sourdough Donuts, a perfect blend of tangy and sweet flavors that are sure to please!

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