Sunday, February 4, 2024

Sourdough Blueberry Bread Recipe

This sourdough blueberry bread is one of my favorite sourdough discard recipes.  The sourdough makes the flavor more complex.  I made air fryer mini blueberry bread loaves, but you can also make it in the oven.

Sourdough Discard Blueberry Bread 

If you make your own sourdough, then you likely have a lot of sourdough discard.  I'm always looking for unique sourdough discard recipes, and this blueberry sourdough bread recipe is a family favorite.

We have one blueberry bush on the farm.  We can get enough blueberries to make one batch of muffins or quick bread each year before the chickens get to the berries.

I've never seen a chicken jump until I saw them jump to get my blueberries!

Sourdough Discard vs Sourdough Starter

Both sourdough discard and sourdough starter come from the same jar.  This discard is the part that you remove from the jar and discard, or reuse to make sourdough discard recipes.

The starter is the active portion that has been fed.  

The difference is the time since it has been fed.  Sourdough discard will need a leavening agent to make the food rise.  Starter, however, has been fed and is active to make bread rise.

Want to make your own starter?  Use this free printable to help you with step by step directions.

Why Use Sourdough Discard to Make Other Recipes?

Your sourdough starter needs to be fed, which makes it grow and grow.  If you don't discard some of it, you'll soon have more starter than you can ever use!

Instead of tossing the sourdough discard, you can use it to make several different recipes like this sourdough blueberry bread recipe.  

You can learn more about sourdough discard and how to make sourdough starter here.

Here are more sourdough discard recipes to try:

The Best Blueberries to Use for Sourdough Blueberry Quick Bread

Fresh blueberries are the best option, but sometimes your chickens eat them before you can pick them.  I prefer to use frozen blueberries.  I always buy fresh local berries and freeze them to use later.

You can also use canned blueberries, but I think frozen has a better flavor.

Blueberries are packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber, making them a nutritious addition to any diet. They support heart health, improve brain function, and boost immunity.

The acidity of sourdough enhances the natural flavors of blueberries, elevating the bread to new levels of deliciousness.

Sourdough Blueberry Bread Ingredients

Here's what you need to make this blueberry sourdough bread recipe:


How to Make Sourdough Blueberry Quick Bread

Step #1

Combine the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon in a medium sized bowl.  Mix well and set aside.

Step #2

In another bowl, add the brown sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla.  Mix on high until sugar is dissolved and mixture is well incorporated.

Step #3

Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients while whisking.  Once the batter is smooth, use a paddle to incorporate the sourdough discard until you no longer see any streaks.

Step #4

Gently fold in 1 1/2 cups of blueberries.  

Step #5

Pour the batter evenly into greased mini loaf pans or use one loaf pan.  Top the loaves with the rest of the blueberries,  Press them in slightly so they stick.  

Step #6

To bake in the air fryer, cook at 320 degrees for 20 minutes.  Rotate pans half way through for even cooking.  Test with a toothpick before removing from air fryer.

To bake in the oven, bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes, but check on them at 20 minutes because oven times vary.  Test with a toothpick before removing pans from oven.  

Let cook before enjoying.

We like to eat our sourdough blueberry bread plain, but you can also top it with homemade butter.  I sometimes top it with vanilla sugar before baking.

I used these ceramic mini loaf pans in the air fryer.  For baking in the oven, I love my Nordic Ware loaf pans.

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