We have a new member of the household that I haven't told you much about yet. Her name is Bertha. She came into being a few weeks back and thus far has been a good house guest. She requires a little attention now and then and needs fed at least once a week. The best part is she makes delicious baked goods. Beautiful boules of bread, sandwich loaves and she has even made a delicious batch of pasta. And now she is making muffins! She is so versatile and handy to have around!
Of course, she is my sourdough starter.
Here is how it happened. I was minding my own business one day. Matt and Jax were gone for a bit so I had a little time on my own. So, I did what any reasonable person would do with some spare time... folded laundry! I pulled up Netflix and clicked on an episode of Cooked. It was the air episode, talking about bread. By the time I was done folding the mountain of laundry, I had decided I HAD to have some sourdough. You can order a starter, but that didn't seem good enough. I had to MAKE one of my very own. I know the Old Fat Guy makes a lot with sourdough, so I found his instructions on starting a sourdough baby. He suggested naming your new baby. He says you are more likely to feed and less likely to kill something with a name. So I lovingly incubated and fed my new baby for 5 days before she became Bertha. Maybe some day Bertha can meet his sourdough, Sam. I'm sure they'd hit it off splendidly!
So far Bertha has been getting quite a workout and we have been enjoying having her around. She hasn't had much rest, but she also hasn't complained much. She is just happy to be fed and to make delicious creations. Today I stirred her into some fun and pretty healthy muffins. She had her first taste of brown sugar and she loved it! She bubbled with delight. I also stirred in some yogurt, because if we are going fermented food we might as well go whole hog! The muffins turned out beautifully and would be a delicious and healthy addition to your morning routine, whether that means grabbing one as you run out the door or sitting down to a leisurely brunch. Either way, enjoy!
Oatmeal Raisin Sourdough Muffins
makes 12 muffins
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup plain yogurt (you can omit this and sub in milk if you don't have yogurt on hand)
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup sourdough starter
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup oil (any cooking oil, melted butter or coconut oil work fine)
1 egg, beaten
1 cup flour
1/2 cup white whole wheat flour (can sub in all-purpose if you prefer)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
- Stir together oats, milk, yogurt and raisins right away and let sit while you gather up the rest of the ingredients and get ready. You want the oats and raisins to have a chance to soften up a bit.
- Preheat the oven to 400 F and grease a 12 cup muffin tin.
- Stir sourdough starter and brown sugar into oats.
- In a small bowl, mix together flours, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
- Stir oil and egg into oat mixture.
- Then stir in dry ingredients until just mixed.
- Spoon into prepared muffin tin.
- Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from muffin tin and cool on wire rack.
This coming week is national brunch week and Mother's Day is around the corner. So, it is time to start planning your next brunch. I LOVE brunch. I love fun and fancy egg dishes, whether it's a casserole, omelette, or eggs benedict. I love hash brown and potatoes O'brien. And then there's the sweets. You know I love the sweets! Give me all the sweets. Crepes? Yes please! Pancakes and waffles? Um, yes with some fruit topping and maybe some whipped cream please! Muffins? Sure! Scones? Why not? You get my drift!
If you are anything like me, I think you are going to love this collection of delicious recipes. Some of my favorite bloggers and I love to get together to give you some great ideas before big events. And right now it doesn't get bigger than brunch! I hope you find something new to try. Also, I'd love to hear about your brunch favorites!