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Cranberry and chocolate sourdough muffins
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Recipe: Cranberry & Chocolate Sourdough Muffins

Sourdough leaven adds a delicious edge to balance the sweetness of these easy to make muffins. Quick to make, they're great to whip up when baking sourdough bread.
Servings: 15 mini muffins
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins


  • 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
• Please note that the nutrition information provided below is approximate and meant as a guideline only.
• Unless stated otherwise cup conversions have been made with an online tool. For accuracy please check with your favoured conversion tool. We recommend buying inexpensive digital kitchen scales.
Calories: 54kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 50mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 0.2mg
Course: Baked Goods
Cuisine: British
Keyword: Sourdough muffins