I have been incredibly tired the last day or two, I’m not sure why, I hope I’m not getting sick. Last night I woke up lots of times and this morning I was just sore and achey and struggled to open my eyes and get up.
It’s not like we were late to bed last night, Seb had his Boys Brigade display, but that was over by 8:30pm. When we got home the children were just chased to bed and the house was quiet by 9:30. I just laid in bed then, I didn’t even watch any TV nor did I eat anything too late as sometimes eating at night keeps me awake.
Sol is funny today, she has decided she wants to open an online store. She makes these puffy paper toys called squishies, she loves them. Sol makes them from paper, they cute and adorable and she tapes them all up to make these cushion things. She doesn’t really understand how online sales work, I reminded her she needs to charge shipping and include packaging costs. For now this is what she is planning, I know without a doubt that her 12 year old imagination is about to run wild with this invention of hers.
Other than that the day was pretty stale, I went shopping for some fresh fruit and veg and pretty much that’s all I got. I didn’t make bread today as I still have some from yesterday’s tasty bake but I did get some chocolate muffins whipped up. I’ve started to dabble in sourdough bread. My first loaf was a bit of an under proofed disaster and I’ve been growing in confidence ever since and produced some lovely bread.
I read online about sourdough discard which is where you throw away half of your sourdough starter and feed the other half. Frankly it all sounds a little wasteful, I don’t see why you need to make so much and waste so much. So far I’ve just fed my starter what I think I will need every day and I’ve never needed to waste any (so far). If you find you are throwing away a cup of flour every day it can get to be an expensive thing.
As an exercise I decided to investigate what else you can make with sourdough starter so if you going to have too much then you can try use it up in your baking rather than throw it away. I found that there were several recipes on the internet for muffins that include sourdough starter or discard starter as some call it. I decided to play around with those recipes and I came up with my own.
I will tell you now that you cannot taste a sourdough taste in the muffins, they just taste normal to me. If you are hoping to try experiment with your own recipe and starter then reduce the amount of flour in a regular recipe by half of the quantity of starter you are using, and the same for the liquid ingredients. For example if you have 150g of starter left over and you are going to incorporate that into a muffin recipe then reduce the flour in the cake by 75g and the liquid element by 75g. These measurements are approximate but almost anything can be adapted if you want to try something new. It is also possible to use starter in regular yeasted bread recipes if there’s something in particular you are making that’s not sourdough, this way you get more flavour without jeopardising the recipe you are making.
Sourdough Chocolate Muffins
Ingredients – makes 12
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup oil (I used vegetable)
3/4 cup water
1 cup sourdough starter
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 + 3/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Pre heat oven to 190C/375F
Put all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
Spoon the ingredients into 12 muffin cases
Bake for 20-25 minutes (check for doneness with a cocktail stick)
Cool on a wire rack.
I made some frosting from a couple spoonfuls of butter, a teaspoon of milk and icing sugar creamed together.