When we were living in Victoria, BC, and had made our first sourdough starter, this recipe from The Sourdough Cookbook was one of our favorites. Not only was it chocolatey and delicious, it was one of the few things we could bake in our wonky PMQ oven. We couldn’t bake a cake, because it had hot and cold spots so bad, parts of it would be raw and parts overcooked, but we could manage cupcakes and muffins.
We didn’t bake very often at all while living there.
Last night, I gave Sir Sour Alot a new home in one of our giant Tupperware Thatsa Bowls. Since there is so much room in there, I fed it more than usual so that there would be lots left over after my daughters baked bread today. With the larger amount of starter, it will be good to be able to use it for multiple things, all in one day. They made 4 loaves of black olive and cheddar bread today. While the first pair of loaves was baking, I started to pre-measure the ingredients and prepare the pans. That way, when the second pair of loaves came out, I could quickly start mixing the batter while the oven got to temperature (the bread recipe calls for the same temperature, but with glass loaf pans, we reduce by 25F, so it was already pretty close).
Here is the recipe;
Quick Chocolate Cupcakes
(from The Sourdough Cookbook)
preheat oven to 400F and pre-measure the ingredients.
1/2 cup sourdough starter
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup softened butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup cocoa powder (sifted)
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
- Grease 16 muffin cups, or line with paper liners; set aside. (note: I prepared 18 muffin cups)
- Place all ingredients into a large bowl – do not mix until all are combined.
- Beat with electric mixer on high speed for 2 minutes.
- Fill prepared muffin cups 2/3 – 3/4 full with batter.
- Bake in preheated oven for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into a cupcake comes out clean.
- Remove from muffin cups and cool on rack.
The recipe then says to put frosting on them, but I don’t think we have ever bothered! 😀
When I started mixing these today, the batter was MUCH thicker than I expected. Almost a dough, rather than a batter. I think perhaps the sourdough starter was thicker than when we’d made it before. I ended up adding extra milk to it. It still was really thick, but it turned out wonderfully, anyways.
The recipe said 14-16 cupcakes, but I filled 18 muffin cups (I had three tins with 6 muffin cups each), so they were a bit on the small side. They turned out very light and airy. So much so, the first one I tried to photograph didn’t work out because, when I started to break it open with my fingers, the inside was so delicate, the slightly crispier outside just crushed it! So I got another one and very carefully used a knife to cut it open. 😀
These have a rich chocolate flavour, but are not too sweet. So you taste chocolate, not sugar.
As for the sourdough, you don’t really get a “sourdough” taste, but there is definitely something there that’s different. It adds a depth and complexity to the flavour that is quite nice, and of course, it adds to that light and fluffy texture.
And, judging from how many are disappearing with the girls upstairs, they might not last until morning.
Ah, well. I guess I’ll just have to make more… Oh, the tragedy. 😉