Sourdough leaven adds a delicious edge to these easy to make muffins. Quick to make, they’re great to whip up when baking sourdough bread.
All this sourdough leaves a problem of what to do with the spare leaven that is left as part of the process – I hate throwing it away, it seems unnecessarily wasteful so I adapted my usual egg free muffins recipe to use some of the leaven up.
Recipe: Cranberry & Chocolate Sourdough Muffins
- 100 grams sourdough starter ((ripe, 100% hydration - equal quantities flour and water - is perfect))
- 75 ml milk ((dairy or non-dairy is fine))
- 25 ml vegetable oil
- 60 g plain flour
- 40 g soft brown sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 pinch salt
- 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
- 1 tsp cranberry sauce ((heaped))
- 1 tbs dark chocolate chips
- Whisk the leaven, oil and milk together until well mixed. Heat oven to 190°C/375°F/GM5
- In a separate, large, bowl mix the dry ingredient - flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry along with the cranberry sauce and chocolate drops (reserve a few) and fold together (the batter should be lumpy and mixing should take no more than 15 folds).
- Dollop the mixture into a mini muffin pan, sprinkle each muffin with the remainder of the chocolate drops.
- Bake for 12 – 15 mins until risen. For regular muffins increase the cooking time to 20 – 25 mins.
- If you do not have any sourdough leaven simply add another 50g flour and 50g milk.
- As always, the secret with muffins is not to overmix the dough. Lumps of unmixed flour in the raw mixture is fine.
- Use up leftover leaven in our leftover sourdough leaven loaf