Blueberry Sourdough Scones – A great way to use sourdough starter discard! Delicious flaky scones packed with a rich sourdough flavor and fresh blueberries
Guys, I have a problem. I’m currently going on a Google deep-dive and obsessing over sourdough and all the amazing recipes I can make. Please excuse me while the blog slowly transitions into sourdough-only blog.
I HATE wasting food. It makes me cringe. So the whole “throwing away half of your sourdough starter every day” thing was really stressing me out. And then I read up on it, and I learned that you can add sourdough starter discard to just about anything.
Apparently using sourdough starter in everyday recipes is a super common thing? I guess a lot of people feel the same as me about wasting food, and that’s pretty cool.
Using sourdough starter discard adds a subtle sourdough flavor to whatever you add it to, even it’s starter from the first few days of feeding. The flavor isn’t totally developed yet, but it’s slowly starting to get that rich sour flavor, and adding it to baked goods works SO WELL.
These scones are light and fluffy, with big chunks of blueberry in every bite. The cinnamon sugar on top adds a nice crunch and a small bit of sweetness, which works well because these scones aren’t inherently sweet. They’re not savory either, they’re just the perfect middle ground. Best served with a slab of butter and a big cup of coffee.
How to Make Blueberry Sourdough Scones:
These scones require a little bit more work, but oh boy are they worth it. Chop up some cold butter and throw it into your dry ingredients, then add your sourdough starter and blueberries. Mix gently until combined, cut out rounds, and bake until golden brown and delicious!
Blueberry Sourdough Scones (Vegan)
- 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup sourdough starter discard
- 1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
- 1/4 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/2 Tbsp. flaxseed meal + 1 1/2 Tbsp. water
- 6 Tbsp. vegan butter, such as Earth Balance cold
- 2 Tbsp. nondairy milk, such as Silk
- 1/2 Tbsp. vinegar
- 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
- 2/3 cup fresh blueberries
- Preheat the oven to 400ºF.
- Mix together the flax and water and let sit until slightly thickened, about 5-7 minutes.
- In a small bowl, mix together the nondairy milk and vinegar and let sit until slightly thickened, about 3-5 minutes.
- Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Add the brown sugar. Cut the butter into small pieces and gently mix with the flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs. I always use my hands because I feel I have more control, but you can use a pastry blender or fork. If you feel that the mixture is getting too warm, throw it in the fridge for 5 minutes to chill. You want the butter very cold, and big chunks of butter in your dough are a good thing!
- Add the liquid ingredients (flax and water mixture, milk and vinegar mixture, and vanilla extract) and the sourdough starter into the flour and gently work the dough until it almost comes together. Add the blueberries, then dump onto a lightly floured surface and VERY GENTLY knead the dough until everything comes together. The more you work the dough, the tougher the scones will be, so be gentle.
- Roll the dough to 1" thick, then use a circle cutter to cut out rounds and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Gather the dough and gently refold to cut more biscuits, repeating the process until all the dough is used.
- Place the baking sheet in the freezer for 10 minutes, then sprinkle with a pinch of cinnamon and granulated sugar before putting it in the oven. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the tops are golden brown and the blueberries are bubbling.
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