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Apple Walnut Sourdough Muffins
Apple Walnut Sourdough Muffins are absolutely delicious! Made with a sourdough starter, chopped walnuts and the best part, shredded apples. I love the fact that this recipe uses shredded apples instead of the usual diced apples. Shredded apples give the muffins extra moisture, while adding that classic apple flavor. If you don’t care for walnuts, raisins or even dates would be great substitutes. Of course, Apple Walnut Sourdough Muffins have that distinctive ‘sourdough’ tang that all sourdough lovers love.
Jumbo Muffin Tin
Sourdough; Sourdough Bread
A bread with a slightly sour, tangy flavor created by using a special yeast starter as the leavener. San Francisco is known for its superior sourdough bread and many food stores in the area and now online sell packages of dry sourdough starter for home bread baker. Though most sourdoughs are made from all-purpose flour, there are many delicious variations including those made with whole-wheat or rye flour.
Airborne Yeast Starter
Prior to the evolution of commercially available baking powders and yeasts during the 19th century, yeast starters were the leaveners used in bread making. Such starters are a simple mixture of flour, water and airborne yeast. This mixture is set aside in a warm place until the yeast ferments and the mixture is bubbly. A portion of the starter is removed and used as the base and the base and leavener for recipes.
Once fermented, air-borne yeast starters, the most famous being sourdough, can be kept going in the right environment for years. Simply by adding equal parts flour and water. Herman starter is made up of a honey or sugar sweetened starter used primarily for sweet breads. Starter should be refrigerated and can be store this way indefinitely as long as its replenished every 2 weeks.
Before suing or replenishing, the starter should be brought to room temperature. If a starter turns orange or pink and develops an unpleasant acrid odor, undesirable bacteria has invaded the starter and the mixture must be discarded. Two cups of active bubbly starter can be substituted for each package of yeast called for in a recipe.
A delicious muffin made with apples, nuts and sourdough.
- 1/4 cup butter room temperature
- 1/2 cup sugar and brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 cup active sourdough starter
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup finely grated apples
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat the oven to 350°
Spray a jumbo (6) muffin tin with non-stick spray or lightly grease using solid shortening.
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars together until it becomes pale. This will take several minutes. Add egg and milk, mix well. Add the starter, flour, baking soda, spices and salt. Stir just until combined. Do not over mix the batter. Gently stir in the apples and walnuts. Half fill your muffin cups with batter. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.