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Sourdough English Muffins (Vegan Sourdough Discard Recipe)

These Sourdough English Muffins are easy to make and the perfect way to use up your sourdough discard! The recipe is vegan-friendly and uses only simple ingredients. Prepare the night before you wish to make your English Muffins. 

Sourdough English Muffins Recipe Vegan Sourdough Discard Recipe, 4 sourdough english muffins in a bowl

When making sourdough, you often end up with a lot of sourdough discard – this Sourdough English Muffins recipe is a great way to make use of your Sourdough discard and to use it in a fun and delicious way. And the best thing about it? It’s also vegan!

What you’ll need to make these Sourdough English Muffins

Ingredients

  • sourdough starter: it’s a great way to use up your sourdough discard in this recipe!
  • vegan Greek-style yoghurt (I used Oatly on this occasion)
  • lukewarm water: it’s important for the water to be lukewarm to allow the sourdough bacteria to grow. Cold water will prevent it from growing or slow down the process and hot water will kill any bacteria development. The best temperature is around 50-55C – a little warmer than body temperature, but at a temperature where you can comfortably stick a finger into the liquid without it being too hot.
  • plain flour (bread flour would be ideal, I use the bread flour from Buywholefoodsonline).
  • baking soda: this will help the muffins expand
  • fine salt

Equipment

  • a mixing bowl
  • a clean towel or lose lid for the bowl
  • lined baking tray or silicone baking mat
  • a round cookie cutter for your English muffin shape

Sourdough English Muffins Recipe Vegan Sourdough Discard Recipe, 2 sourdough english muffins on a plate, one cut open and topped with vegan butter, super soft and fluffy

How to make Sourdough English Muffins from Sourdough discard

  1. Start by mixing the sourdough discard with 230g vegan-friendly greek-style yoghurt, 80ml lukewarm water and 280g of plain flour and set the mix aside lightly covered at room temperature. Let it rest overnight or for at least 8 hrs.
  2. The next day, the mix will have expanded and show bubbles as a sign of activity. Give it a stir and then add in 120g flour, 1 tsp baking soda and 1/2 tsp of fine salt. Combine everything into a sticky dough – keep a container of water nearby to wet your hands and prevent the dough from sticking to your fingers whilst you’re handling it.
  3. Roll out the dough on a well-floured surface to about 1/2 – 3/4 inch thickness. Use a cookie cutter (or a mason jar) to cut out the Sourdough English muffins. Transfer them to a non-stick baking sheet and allow for them to rest for 1 hour. Gently brush off any excess flour.
  4. Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat, once hot, place a few muffins into the pan at a time, giving them room to expand. Once the bottom edges begin to slightly brown, flip the muffins and heat for another 1-2 minutes until the Sourdough muffins are golden on both sides.

 

FAQ – Sourdough English Muffins

How can I tell if my sourdough starter is active?

Your sourdough starter should be bubbly and smell similar to fermented yoghurt. To use it in this recipe, it should be well and active, so at least a couple of days old. 

When is it best to use the sourdough starter?

Your sourdough starter should be at least 5 days old by the time you wish to use the discard for this recipe. You will need a total of 175g of sourdough starter to make these vegan English muffins. Pay close attention to your sourdough starter and ensure to feed it in regular intervals to keep it alive. At the time of using it for this recipe, it should be bubbly and smell similar to fermented yoghurt, and roughly double in size in under 10-12 hours. 

Where to buy vegan Greek-style yoghurt?

In the UK, where I live, there are a number of options for dairy-free greek-style yoghurt – for example Alpro and Oatly. It doesn’t necessarily need to be one of these brands, so if you have a different brand, go for it! The most important part is that the yoghurt needs to be thick and not super liquid and runny. If you can only find regular vegan yoghurt, you can transfer it into a cheesecloth and hang it over a bowl for an hour, so the excess liquid can drip off and you’re left with thick greek-style yoghurt. 

What to top your English muffins with?

Sourdough English Muffins can be great with a variety of toppings – both sweet and savoury! I personally like to change things up and enjoy all kinds of toppings on my English Muffins. When I’m more in a sweet mood, I often opt for vegan chocolate spread (the one by Mr Organic is fantastic!), peanut butter or other nut butters, chia jam or straight up chocolate (cause it’s divine, try it!). On the savoury side, I really enjoy hummus, vegan butter + nutritional yeast, baked beans, a slice of vegan cheese or a variety of store-bought vegan spreads. Avocado and garlic mushrooms are also a good shout if you have a little more time on your hands.

If you want to go all out, why not try this Vegan Egg McMuffin recipe from the blog? 

Sourdough English Muffins Recipe (sourdough discard recipe)Sourdough English Muffins Recipe (sourdough discard recipe)

This recipe is:

  • 100% vegan
  • egg-free
  • dairy-free
  • delicious & easy
  • using only simple ingredients
  • plant-based
  • super soft and fluffy
  • great to use up your Sourdough discard
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Sourdough English Muffin Recipe Vegan Sourdough Discard Recipe, 2 sourdough english muffins on a plate, one cut open and topped with vegan butter, super soft and fluffy

Sourdough English Muffins (Vegan Sourdough Discard Recipe)

  • Author: romylondonuk
  • Prep Time: 540
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 9 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8-12 muffins 1x
  • Category: Sourdough
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: British
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

These Sourdough English Muffins are easy to make and the perfect way to use up your sourdough discard! The recipe is vegan-friendly and uses only simple ingredients. Prepare the night before you wish to make your English Muffins.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 175g sourdough starter (discard)
  • 230g vegan Greek-style yoghurt (I used Oatly)
  • 80ml lukewarm water
  • 280g + 120g plain flour (bread flour would be ideal!)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp fine salt

Instructions

  1. Start by mixing the sourdough discard with 230g vegan-friendly greek-style yoghurt, 80ml lukewarm water and 280g of plain flour and set the mix aside lightly covered at room temperature. Let it rest overnight or for at least 8 hrs.
  2. The next day, the mix will have expanded and show bubbles as a sign of activity. Give it a stir and then add in 120g flour, 1 tsp baking soda and 1/2 tsp of fine salt. Combine everything into a sticky dough – keep a container of water nearby to wet your hands and prevent the dough from sticking to your fingers whilst you’re handling it.
  3. Roll out the dough on a well-floured surface to about 1/2 – 3/4 inch thickness. Use a cookie cutter (or a mason jar) to cut out the Sourdough English muffins. Transfer them to a non-stick baking sheet and allow for them to rest for 1 hour. Gently brush off any excess flour.
  4. Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat, once hot, place a few muffins into the pan at a time, giving them room to expand. Once the bottom edges begin to slightly brown, flip the muffins and heat for another 1-2 minutes until the Sourdough muffins are golden on both sides.

Keywords: sourdough english muffins, sourdough discard bakes, sourdough discard English muffins

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1 Comment

  1. Jess
    April 26, 2021 / 9:26 am

    Just made these and I love them! The perfect way to use up my sourdough discard, and they’ve also kept well in the freezer 🙂

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