How to Use Your Discard to Make Sourdough Honey, Date, and Chocolate Chip Scones or Buns
These simple scones or buns are one of my favorite ways of using my sourdough discard. The scones/buns bake up soft and light and have the natural sweetness of honey and dates. Because the scones/buns include baking powder, you can bake them immediately if you'd like. I usually let my wet discard batter sit for a couple of hours before adding in the remaining ingredients (to let the sourdough flavor develop a bit more), but it really isn't necessary. I also like to add chocolate chips to the batter, because I think the chocolate contrasts with and complements the sweetness of the dates. If you aren't a chocolate fan, feel free to leave the chips out or substitute half a cup of chopped nuts instead. The scones/buns will be good, whichever way you choose. Enjoy!
Honey, Date, and Chocolate Chip Sourdough Scones -- Makes 10-12
1 cup of sourdough starter/discard
1/4 cup of canola oil
1/2 cup of low-fat milk
3 tablespoons of honey
1 cup of all-purpose flour
In a large bowl, mix together the starter/discard, oil, milk, and honey. Stir in the flour until well combined. Let the mixture sit, loosely covered, for a couple of hours if you'd like to strengthen the sourdough flavor. When you're ready to bake the scones, add:
3/4 cup of all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 cup of chopped dates
1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips or nuts (walnuts are good)
Mix all of the ingredients until just combined and the dates and chocolate chips/nuts are distributed throughout the batter. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or coat it with non-stick cooking spray. Drop golf ball-sized mounds of batter onto the prepared baking sheet, spacing them at least an inch apart. With moistened hands, shape the mounds into rounds about 1 - 1 1/2-inches thick. Sprinkle the tops of the scones with a little sugar (or use turbinado sugar), if you'd like. Bake the scones for 12-15 minutes or until set and just beginning to brown on top.