Quick to whip up, moist and flavorful, these easy muffins are studded with juicy apple, topped with crunchy spiced sugar. Makes 8 – 12 depending on muffin size.
They’re great any time of day – add seeds & nuts to make a more comprehensive breakfast, or serve with spiced apple compote & ice cream for a winter desert. I keep some in the freezer for instant desert, after a short zap in the microwave.
Sourdough Apple muffins
- 1 cup plain flour
- ¾ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 cup chopped apples – not necessary to peel; peel adds fibre & colour
- 1 cup bubbly unfed 100% hydration sourdough starter
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup butter, melted and slightly cooled. Or use flavourless oil, for a dairy free option.
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Extra sugar to sprinkle; mixed with:
- 1 ½ tsp cinnamon
- Preheat your oven to 180C / Gas 5, and line a muffin pans with either muffin cases.
- In a small bowl, combine the dry ingredients.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the sourdough starter with the other wet ingredients well, to avoid streaks in your muffins.
- Place the chopped apple in a bowl with a few spoonfuls of the flour mixture and toss to coat. (This helps prevent them from sinking to the bottom of the muffins).
- Using a wooden spoon, add the flour mixture to the starter mixture and mix to combine. You are going to have to stir well to incorporate the sourdough mixture well.
- Carefully fold in the apple pieces coated in flour, as well as any excess flour that is in the bowl.
- Evenly spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tins, filling about ¾ full.
- In a separate medium bowl, mix together the sugar and spice for sprinkling over the top.
- Evenly sprinkle the sugar coating over the muffin, being really careful to not get any of the coating on the muffin pan itself.
- Bake for 20 minutes, or until a thin knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.
- Allow to rest for 5-10 min in the pan before removing to a wire rack to cool: Use a knife to run along the edges of each muffin and carefully pull them out of the pan.
Waste Not: There are so many delicious ways to use sourdough discard: check ‘Sourdough’ in the search bar at the bottom of the blog. Equally, I hate to see apples rotting on the ground – great to leave some for wildlife, but there are so many wonderful ways to use fruit, whether perfect picked from the tree, or windfalls.
Happy Halloween, everyone; whatever form it will take this year!