Simple, Quick Way to Use Your Sourdough Discard: Make Strawberry-Orange Scone Buns in Your Air Fryer
These little scone buns are great--light, just a little sweet, and with flavors of strawberries and oranges. The sourdough discard and orange zest provide tang to the scone buns, and dried strawberries provide sweetness. I use the dried version of the berries because fresh or frozen berries will make the buns too soft. Occasionally scones oozing berry juice are fine, but sometimes you want a scone or bun that isn't too messy to butter or pick up without getting your fingers messy. This version fits the bill. They are moist without being sticky. The scone buns also are quick to do. You can mix them up and bake them immediately or let them sit out on the counter for an hour or three if you want more of a sourdough tang and a more "bready" scone. I make my scone buns in the air fryer to avoid heating up the house with the regular oven. The air fryer also browns the scone buns quite nicely. If you'd prefer to bake the scones in a conventional oven, preheat the oven to 400 degrees and bake the scone buns for 15-20 minutes. Enjoy!
Sourdough Strawberry-Orange Scone Buns -- Makes 6-8
1 cup of flour
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/3 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon of grated orange zest
1 cup of sourdough starter/discard
1/4-1/2 cup of heavy cream
1/4 - 1/2 cup of freeze-dried strawberries, chopped or broken up
Turbinado or raw sugar to sprinkle (or use regular sugar)
Cut small pieces of baking parchment to fit your air fryer basket. In a medium bowl stir together the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and orange zest until combined. Stir in the sourdough starter/discard and then enough cream to make a soft dough/stiff batter. I use about 1/3 cup of cream because I have a fairly stiff starter/discard. Stir in the freeze-dried strawberries. Drop two mounds of dough (about 1/4 cup each) on each piece of parchment. With damp hands, shape the dough into roundish disks or mounds, then sprinkle the tops with some sugar. You can let the scone buns sit for an hour or three (depending on how warm your kitchen is) or bake them immediately. When ready to bake, put one dough-topped piece of parchment in your air fryer basket, put the basket in the air fryer, and air fry the scone buns at 360 degrees for about 15 minutes or until golden. Remove the scone buns to cool and repeat the cooking process with the remaining scone buns.