I continue to look for uses for sourdough starter discard. Today, I had 2 full cups in the fridge, so… muffins! Because these can get most of their rise from the baking powder and soda, you can use starter discards right from the fridge.
The recipe makes somewhere between 18-24 muffins, depending on how you fill them! You could also use it to make a couple of loaf pans of bread. These would also be good with the addition of a cup of raisins or dried cranberries. In fact, I have regret that I didn’t add raisins today.
Vegan YumYum gets the credit for this one! I was planning to make little pie bites with crescent rolls, but my grocery order arrived with no crescents (apparently they were completely out… what the heck?). So, off I went in search of a recipe for something else. I found this one, and decided to do one batch as muffins and one batch as a cake, but with slight variations on the original.
They came out deliciously. If you like your coffee cake really sweet, you may want to ramp up the sugar just a bit. Otherwise… here you go!
2 ½ cups flour
1 cup raw or vegan sugar
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon (for apple version)
2/3 cup vegan margarine, softened (or canola oil)
2/3 cup non-dairy milk (I used almond) + 2 tsp vinegar or lemon juice
2 Tbs cornstarch mixed with 1/2 cup water
2 tsp vanilla extract (for apple) or almond extract (for cherry)
1 20 to 25 oz can/jar apple or cherry pie filling
1 Tbs sugar mixed with 1 tsp cinnamon, for topping on apple
1.5 Tbs raw sugar, for topping on cherry
Preheat oven to 350º F.
Combine dry ingredients (except topping). Add liquid ingredients (not the filling) and fold the batter until well combined. It will be pretty thick.
Spread 1/2 of the batter in the bottom of a pie pan, square cake pan, or muffin tins.
Add pie filling evenly over the top.
Spoon the rest of the batter over the top in clumps. It doesn’t need to be connected or smoothed.
Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture or raw sugar.
Bake for 70 to 90 minutes or until a tester comes out clean. If it starts to get too brown before it is fully baked, Vegan YumYum suggests covering it with foil.