sourdough donuts + everything (but the) bagel challah


savoury challah bread & sweet donuts in one post? that is correct because both recipes use the same dough as the base! come on, how awesome is that? this simple sourdough brioche can be used for just about any bread based recipe you wish to make. the recipe is by zoë françois who is one of the most amazing pastry chefs & cookbook authors. i was lucky enough to not only hangout with her, but learn from her while i was in new york city. i attended the platinum instant sourdough launch with red star yeast at the feed feed headquarters. the best part of this sourdough brioche recipe is that you don't need a finicky sourdough starter because the platinum instant sourdough includes the sourdough culture in the packet.

platinum instant sourdough from red star is a breakthrough for home bakers. it starts with the traditional platinum yeast, but uses a unique two-in-one blend of instant yeast & natural dough strengtheners for a superior rise (both before & during baking). the yeast also contains real sourdough culture that lends an authentic sourdough flavor to any yeast based recipe. this means making sourdough at home is now a whole lot easier! it is best to use the full packet in a recipe because it contains a blend of yeast & sourdough starter. the recipe for this sourdough brioche is also a no-knead style bread, making it extra simple to make. i promise, it will take the fear out of baking with yeast at home. now let's get started!

note: this recipe produces a very LARGE batch of dough, which will yield enough dough to make 3 dozen donuts or 3 loaves of challah. i like to make a batch of this dough to bake all sorts of treats including chocolate babka & pumpkin danishes. the dough can be refrigerated for a week or frozen for months.

p.s. red star yeast has launched the sourdough it up! sweepstakes. share your sourdough style & be entered to win one of five $500 baking prizes. to enter, use platinum instant sourdough yeast from red star to "sourdough up" your favourite yeast recipe & share a photo of your final baked product on instagram (must be a public account) using the hashtag #sourdoughitup. don't forget to mention & tag @redstaryeast in the picture too! sweetstakes will be live until october 31, 2019. for more information, click here.


for the sourdough everything bagel challah

for the sourdough donuts

  • 1 batch platinum instant sourdough donuts
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/4 cup whipping cream, plus more to reach desired consistency
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • rose petals, for sprinkling
  • cocoa nibs, for sprinkling


for the sourdough everything bagel challah

  • divide prepared brioche dough into 3 equal portions (this recipe will yield 3 loaves of challah).
  • turn out dough onto a floured surface & divide each portion into thirds. roll each third into long ropes (1 1/2 inches thick) & pinch the ends together.
  • braid the ropes together tightly & tuck under both ends. transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, cover with a damp towel & let rise for one hour.
  • preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • brush the dough generously with egg wash & sprinkle with everything bagel seasoning.
  • bake for 45 to 50 minutes, until golden brown. let cool slightly before slicing.
  • enjoy fresh within 48 hours!

for the sourdough donuts

  • in a large mixing bowl whisk together the sugar, butter, cream & vanilla extract until silky smooth. if glaze appears thin, add more powdered sugar. if glaze appears thick, add more cream.
  • dip each freshly fried donut in the glaze & transfer to a cooling rack. sprinkle with rose petals & cocoa nibs.
  • enjoy fresh within 24 hours!