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The cold winter wind brings the warm smell of freshly baked sourdough muffins. And it is one of those special treats which no one can decline.
And the best thing about sourdough muffins is that there are so many fascinating ways of baking them.
Hence, this article aims to show you the joy and process of how to bake vegan sourdough muffins. It will also highlight the many ways you can enjoy the muffins and why sourdough is good for you. Therefore, whether you are a vegan or a non-vegan, this article definitely has a thing or two for you.
- ½ cup of Sourdough starter (you can even use the discard if you do not have a fed one)
- 1 cup- Whole wheat flour
- ½ cup- All-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon of Baking powder
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 3 tablespoons of Brown sugar
- 2 drops of vanilla essence
- 1 cup- Almond milk (or any non-dairy milk)
- Fruit of your choice (optional)
How to bake vegan Sourdough Muffins
Step 1: Prepare the sourdough
- The first step usually begins the night before when you feed your sourdough starter. It will take over 8 to 10 hours for the wild yeast to ripen. In the morning, if you find foam and bubbles of various sizes forming on top of the starter, it is a sign that it is ripened.
- You can take out half a cup of the starter and mix it into the batter. Using the starter when it is at its peak enhances the leavening of the batter and maintains the classic sour taste.
Step 2: Make the Batter
- For the batter, pour one cup of whole wheat flour and half a cup of white flour into a bowl. Combining the two types of flour enhances the taste, texture, and health benefits of the muffin. Add baking powder and salt into the bowl before mixing all four components.
- While preparing the powder, melt the three spoons of brown sugar. You can also use maple syrup if you want to avoid the process of melting the brown sugar.
- Add the melted sugar syrup into the flour mix and a cup of almond milk. I have discovered many things from the five years of baking vegan bread and muffins. And one among them is the fact that almond milk is the best non-dairy milk for baking. You can try it, too, and check if I’m right.
- Next, add two drops of vanilla essence to the thick batter. Mix the batter thoroughly to avoid missing out on any dry clumps. Add a few spoons of water to the sourdough if it is too dry and thick. However, keep in mind that the batter should be thick, not watery. So, avoid adding too much liquid.
Step 3: Bake the muffins
- Preheat the oven for five minutes at a temperature of 420 degrees Fahrenheit. While the oven is pre-heating, you can involve yourself in other essential tasks.
- First, brush some oil on the muffin tray and the cupcake liners. This simple step is usually skipped while baking muffins. However, we think this small step can save you a lot of trouble. It will discourage any batter from sticking to the muffin tray. And it will make it convenient for you to unwrap the muffins before gobbling them down.
- Next, you can focus on scooping the thick batter to fit them into the cupcake liners. You can add dried fruits, nuts or chocolate chips on top of the muffins.
- After which, you can slide the muffin tray into the oven. Let the batter cook for a good 30 minutes. When the muffin turns golden brown and bulgy, you can know that it is done. Take out the tray and let it cool for 5 to 10 minutes before taking out the muffins from it. Unwrap the muffin and enjoy the delicious sourdough muffin.
BEST WAY TO ENJOY VEGAN SOURDOUGH MUFFINS
Here are some helpful tips on how you can bake and enjoy the muffins-
Adding fruits, nuts, or chocolate chips
The basic muffins are delicious on their own. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun experimenting with your recipe. So, don’t restrict yourself and add a twist to your sourdough muffins by combining them with fresh, frozen, or dried fruits, crunchy nuts or melting hot chocolate chips, etc. Your batter is the canvas. So, don’t stop experimenting with new ingredients. Don’t stop having fun.
Best for a quick morning snack
Brighten your Monday morning blues with some scrumptious sourdough muffins. Depending on their ingredients, they can either be healthy or unhealthy. So, use nutrient-rich components when baking the muffins. And if the right elements are present, then the muffins you make can be considered an ideal morning snack when you’re running late for work.
Sourdough muffins can remain edible for over a week. So, if you prep meals one week ahead, then muffin is an excellent choice for breakfast.
Minimize white sugar and white flour.
White sugar and white flour are the two most common and significant ingredients used in commercial muffins, and they are necessary to the baking process. And you cannot choose what components go into the muffins you buy at the store.
However, you are in control when the spatula is in your hand.
So, you can steer your way into a healthier road by minimizing the use of white flour and sugar. You can employ whole wheat flour and brown sugar for baking the muffins. Unlike commercial flour and sugar, they are not refined, and hence, they carry more nutrient values.
IS SOURDOUGH GOOD FOR VEGANS
It can be daunting to know that some festive delicacies don’t make it to your food list as a vegan. So, it is a relief to know that sourdough is vegan-friendly. However, keep in mind that some people feed milk to their sourdough starters. So, when making a purchase, it is always best to look at the ingredients. However, going by the traditional method of making sourdough, it is safe for vegans.
Here are five more fascinating reasons why sourdough is good for you-
- The wild yeast makes it easy to digest
- The lengthy fermentation process boosts the nutrients present in the sourdough. Hence, making it an excellent source of nourishment for vegans.
- Sourdough muffins, bread, and baked goods have longer shelf lives