Recipe: Basic Sourdough Muffin

What could be better on a cold morning than a warm-from-the-oven sourdough muffin? Use this basic recipe as a canvas for various flavorings from fruit and nuts to chocolate chips.

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  • 1/2 cup fresh sourdough starter
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour, sifted
  • 4-6 Tbsp. water, as needed
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup fruit or nuts (optional)


  1. The night before, gently mix together starter and flour until just combined. Add water , 1 Tbsp. at a time, until dough is just wet enough to mix.
  2. Cover with a lid or plastic wrap to keep the dough from drying out. Ferment 8-12 hours or overnight.
  3. In the morning, preheat the oven to 375°F.
  4. Whisk in all other ingredients, being careful not to overmix. The dough may be quite stiff at first and may require breaking up with the back of a spoon.
  5. Fill greased muffin tins 3/4 full with batter and bake 30 minutes or until golden brown.