Today, I’ve got a wonderful recipe for avid bakers, and especially for those who adore San Francisco’s claim to bread fame: sourdough. These lovely sourdough English muffins are from the beautiful cookbook, Make Ahead Bread: 100 Recipes for Melt-in-Your-Mouth Fresh Bread Every Day. The author, Donna Currie of Cookistry, is sharing it with us in celebration of her book’s one year anniversary.
The introductory sections in Make Ahead Bread are brief, as Donna’s recipes include helpful lead-ins and are so well-detailed (as you will see below) that you can jump right in and learn on the fly. To note, this gift-worthy cookbook also includes several enticing and inspirational full-color photos throughout.
The concept behind Make Ahead Bread is that yeast-based recipes can be prepared ahead, whenever you have a few minutes, ready to be freshly baked for devouring on even the busiest of days. This book isn’t completely dairy-free, but most of the recipes are easy to make substitutions, particularly if you’re an experience dairy-free baker. A few that happen to be dairy-free include:
- Oatmeal-Honey-Date Loaf
- Light and Dark Marble Rye
- Mini Sunflower Seed Loaves
- Tomato and Black Olive Bread
- Pumpkin Loaf
- Whole Wheat Pita Bread
- Garlic Knots
- Semolina Focaccia
- Whole Wheat Pita Bread
- Peanut Butter Bread with Raspberry Swirl
- Wine Jam (pictured above on the Sourdough English Muffins)
- Balsamic and Olive Oil Dipping Oil with Herbs
- Sourdough English Muffins …
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been wanting to make my own English muffins for ages, and these sourdough English muffins take it to the next level! Another type of bread that I’ve always wanted to learn how to make is in fact whole wheat pita, and I think that PB bread just made it onto my bucket list!
Special Diet Notes: Sourdough English Muffins
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based and vegetarian.
Sourdough Starter: You can purchase a starter (Bob’s Red Mill sells this one) or grow your own. Donna explains it in Make Ahead Bread, but she also offers guides on Cookistry: Building a Sourdough Starter and Growing a Sourdough Starter, Day by Day.
- 1⁄2 cup (4 ounces) sourdough starter (see notes in post above)
- 2 cups (9 ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 1⁄2 cups room temperature water
- Olive oil spray
- Whisk all of the ingredients together in a large bowl, forming a relatively thin batter rather than a dough. (The batter will bubble and rise, so don’t use a bowl that’s too small.) Cover with plastic wrap and leave at room temperature overnight.
- Heat a griddle (or large frying pan) on medium heat with 6 muffin rings arranged on the griddle. Spray or brush the insides of the rings with oil, and let them heat with the griddle.
- When the griddle is hot, ladle or pour the batter into the rings, filling them to about 1⁄4 inch below the top of the rings. Cover the griddle—a sheet pan turned upside down on top of the rings is perfect—and reduce the heat to medium low. Cook until the top of the batter is set and has started to pull away from the sides of the rings, about 8 minutes.
- Use a small spatula to flip the muffins (and rings) over, cover the pan again, and cook for another 5 minutes. You should now be able to slip the muffins out of the rings. If some need encouragement, slide a thin knife around the insides of the rings, then remove the rings.
- Continue cooking the muffins until they are cooked through and the top and bottom are lightly browned—a skewer or small knife inserted into a muffin should come out clean and if you lift a muffin, it should feel light for its size. It’s actually okay if the muffins are still a little bit moist inside because they’re not really done until they’re toasted. But you don’t want them to be wet or soggy.
- Let the muffins cool completely on a rack.