After a few months of a baking hiatus, I pulled my sourdough starter (Frank) out of the fridge before thanksgiving. I baked a couple of loaves but they just aren’t everything they could be. Too dense, too sad-looking.
So, in an effort to rev up my starter and strengthen it enough to get a great loaf of bread, Frank has been living on the counter being fed twice a day. This creates a lot of leftover starter and we can only eat so much bread.
This morning, I tried a new recipe from King Arthur Flour–blueberry sourdough muffins. Sounded interesting enough!
Frank didn’t have quite enough volume to get a full cup from him, so I made a half batch which yielded 10 smallish muffins.
These were tasty but unlike most of my usual muffins. The maple syrup sweetener is very mild so these are much more like enriched bread than muffins. The sourdough flavor is pretty much swamped by the blueberries but it is there if you look for it. Perhaps if my starter was stronger, it would come through more. Surprisingly, my kids loved these despite the lack of super sweetness.
Small batch Sourdough Blueberry Muffins
120 grams AP flour
70 grams yellow cornmeal
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 cup sourdough starter, fed or unfed
1/8 cup milk
1/2 large egg or 1 yolk
2 tblsp melted butter
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 cup blueberries, frozen (wild blueberries are best but I only had regular today)
Demerara or coarse sugar, for sprinkling tops
Preheat oven to 425 and prepare muffin pan.
Combine dry ingredients in one bowl, wet in another, leaving blueberries out until the last step. Thoroughly stir the wet, then add the wet to the dry. Stir until nearly combined. Add blueberries and stir a few more times. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full and top with coarse sugar.
Bake 20-25 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Remove from pan and cool on a wire rack.