June 21, 2022 5 min read
Sourdough is great and all, but sometimes you need a little more sugar in your bowl. For the days when you need to satisfy those chocolate cravings, try your hand at these decadent Sourdough Brownies.
For this simple 10-step recipe, you’ll only need a handful of ingredients, including a portion of your activated sourdough starter – meaning you can bring new life to your sourdough discard, while also giving your brownies a touch of tanginess from the sourdough.
With a perfectly fudgy centre and a top layer of crisp meringue, you get the best of both worlds with each bite of these chocolate brownies. They’re crackly and stickily without being dense or dry and they’re even better when served with a scoop of your favourite ice cream or some salted caramel sauce.
The best part? These brownies only take an hour to make, which makes them the perfect recipe for a weekday or after-dinner treat when you’re short on time or have an urgent sugar craving.
Although these brownies are delicious on their own, you might want to bring some creative flair to your next batch by adding some fillings to your mixture. After all, nothing beats taking a bite of an already-tasty treat and discovering a little surprise.
If you’re looking to bling out your brownies and bring a little extra flavour to every bite, then you should try adding Nutella, salted caramel, fresh raspberries, fudge, peanut butter, or more chocolate chips. However, if you want to add some crunch, then you can experiment with different textures from add-ins like walnuts, pretzels, M&Ms, or your favourite lollies.
Just like when baking sourdough, there are no rules when it comes to what you can add to your recipe – so have fun with it and experiment with different flavour combinations. After all, peanut butter and jelly wouldn’t have been discovered without a brave human trying it for the first time.
If you find your brownies are too much to eat within a few days, then you can freeze them for later individually.
To freeze brownies you’ll need to slice the cooled brownies and place them in a glass or plastic container in a single layer. Cover that layer with wax or parchment paper, then press the paper lightly into the top of each brownie to create a better seal. Top with another layer of brownies and repeat until the container is full. Make sure to cover the top layer of brownies with paper, too, to keep them as fresh as possible.
If you’re like me and prefer your brownies warm, then you’re in for a treat because they can be reheated in the microwave for 20-30 second intervals – touching and lightly pressing on it between each to check on its softness and temperature.
Alternatively, you can reheat your brownie in the oven by preheating your oven to 180°C. Then, place your brownie on a baking tray lined with baking paper to prevent it sticking and place inside the oven for 10 to 15 minutes.
Defrosting brownies is easier than most people think. Simply unwrap and set them on a plate on the counter to allow them to cool at room temperature.
If you just can’t wait for your chocolate treat, then pop it into the microwave on 50 percent power for 15-second increments. Don’t let it get too hot – best to test a little nibble first.
While I could be here all day telling you the thousands of recipes you can make using sourdough discard, we have compiled 7 of our favourite sourdough discard recipes on our blog. Perfect for every palate, these sweet and savoury recipes include fluffy sourdough pancakes, fried chicken, baker’s banana bread, and golden sourdough waffles.Did you make these Sourdough Bagels? Share your sourdough creations with us on Instagram by tagging @YouKneadSourdough with the hashtag #youkneadsourdough.< /p>