somewhere this spring i decided to tackle on a lot of things ranging from being healthier (less processed foods, buying local and fresh, and for the love of gawd: exercising...) to trying new things like rhubarb. i also took on sourdough. when i set my mind to make sourdough bread, i didn't realize the first steps were actually a week-long process. i relied heavily on Sourdough Home for their method. nuria was all about it, the bio-chemist in her was excited about the experiment. we took turns feeding it and by week's end, we were able to deem it as a success. my hypothesis was accomplished. so the starter was good, however, my first attempt at making the actual bread was... not a failure because it still tasted good but let's just say it was not pretty to look at. it came out tangy, but my oven is a piece of shit and did not brown the loaf AT.ALL. as a result, the bread was ashy, like... white. but whatever, it still tasted alright. the sourdough challah came out much nicer, i might blog about that some other time. my last sourdough venture was into the muffin world. i had a few stalks of rhubarb hanging out, i didn't much feel like jam again... i came across a Sourdough Blueberry muffin recipe... one thing led to another and i married the sourdough with another tart thing... and a relatively healthy breakfast treat was born.
Sourdough Rhubarb Muffin
adapted from Sourdough Home
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup oil
1 cup sourdough starter
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup rhubarb, cleaned and diced
brown sugar, for topping (optional)
Preheat oven to 425F.
add sugar to rhubarb and allow to macerate in fridge for a few hours.
Combine dry ingredients in small bowl. Stir in sweetened rhubarb. Combine wet ingredients in medium bowl. Add dry ingredients to wet ones.
Mix quickly and spoon into muffin cups. I have a 24 mini cup pan and it filled it up. i topped each muffin with a bit of brown sugar, just to sweeten the deal.
Bake for about 20 minutes. (it was closer to 10-12 minutes for the minis)
the muffins came out dense, moist from the rhubarb. i'd wondered if i should've chopped them up smaller but i'm glad i didn't. i liked picking them out and nibbling on them. the topped brown sugar was a nice touch, albeit probably not necessary.
Today's Song: Damien Jurado, Hoquiam
have you have ever heard of this man? thanks to Shannalee for tweeting about it. this song has been on repeat, i have a playlist of his voice and the lyrics to this song? haunting.
Am I no one until someone calls me out?/Are you just pretending when we talk?/You should have seen me/Keeping watch at dawn...